Caught Son Volt's show at Terminal West last night, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The last time I saw Jay Farrar in concert was back in 2004 at The Echo Lounge. It wasn't a Son Volt show, but rather a solo gig with Brian Henneman (of Bottle Rockets fame). Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. Despite a great turnout, he just didn't seem to make much of an effort. No dialogue with the crowd. Not really any emotion whatsoever. As a result, I ended-up leaving halfway into the show. Total buzzkill.
Last night, however, was much, MUCH different. In some ways I was prepared to be disappointed. I'd been looking forward to the show for quite some time, as had my friends with whom I went to the show. In fact, we actually thought the show was the week before and were extremely disappointed when we realized we had to wait another week to see it! Regardless, most of us expected a mediocre show. And we ended-up getting much more than that.
Son Volt's latest album, Honky Tonk, was released last month, so I knew they'd play some stuff from that. It's a great album, so I'm certainly not complaining. But they also played some old favorites, mainly from Trace - one of my Top 10 favorite albums of all time. And that's what really surprised me the most. I just assumed they'd focus on newer stuff and that's where I was wrong.
So all in all it was a fantastic show. And I certainly didn't leave halfway through the show this time!!
I had my D700 and D800 with me at the show, and I'm glad I made that last minute decision. Not having to swap lenses for different shots was a real time-saver. A huge "thank you" goes out to Sharon at Steel Toe Management for hooking me up with the photo pass. You're the best!
I'll post a few of my favorite shots from the show as soon as they're processed. Stay tuned!