Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Spent Saturday night at an almost empty Cat's Cradle, enjoying three quite different but very good bands. Sally Spring and the Ted Lyons Experience wasn't generally my cup of tea, but the strong voice talent, some good songwriting and the interesting guitar style made for a really nice set. The Jon Shain Trio was also quite good, especially when they avoided dipping too much into cutesy Michael Franks territory. Again, some good instrumental chops and some really nice songwriting made for an enjoyable set. The headliner was of course Katherine Whalen and Will Dawson of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame and a band that at one point consisted of six guitars (if you include the bass guitar and the pedal steel) and a drummer - the instrumentation changed from song to song with Katherine taking a few good turns on the banjo. It was a shame that there weren't more people there (I know it was Easter weekend) and even more of a shame that a number of folks that were apparently just there for Jon Shain left after only a couple of songs. Lucky is definitely worth a listen. Don't expect SNZ - as she has on her solo CDs, Whalen moves on to new material and new styles but it's all good.



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