Last night was our first time playing & headlining the Ottobar, where I have fond memories of Brit-Pop dance parties from days of yore. We had a great turnout (thanks in part to shout outs from Al Shipley of City Paper and Tyler DeBoer of Bmore Music Picks).
I am always amazed when people can hang around until 11:30 for us to go on--honestly I often have to resort to unwholesome things like Red Bull to keep going until that part of the evening. But the community of caring people who come out to enjoy folk music in this town has great stamina!
Our friends Tiny Timbers rounded out their opening set with a satisfying singalong of "Rye Whiskey" (I know better the Tim O'Brien version of "Jack of Diamonds/Drunkard's Hiccups").
Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits shared catchy songs that are complicated enough to be interesting but simple enough not to lose their sweetness. I love her voice, and clearly the spectacular musicians who were backing her up were having a great time.
Haint Blue's eight string-laden, harmonizing human beings brought considerable energy and emotion to the stage. The icing on the cake was Amirror & the Reflections, who came out to sing back-up for their final songs. What a powerful voice and stage presence. I unfortunately didn't get any pictures and I coudn't find Amirror's website, but this video certainly gives an idea of their talent.
Our set had some technical difficulties, but all things considered not too bad. True to my new years' resolution, David and I started out the set with a new song called "Sweet Bay Magnolia." If you weren't at the show, you'll have to learn what it's about at another one :).
Backstage we were flabbergasted by the unbelievable number of penises drawn on the walls in the green room, until we discovered the words "If you can't draw a crowd, draw a penis." I took some photos but I've been convinced it would be in poor taste to post them. Too bad!