July 10, 2011

Concert #492 - Peter Rowan at McCabe's Guitar Shop (January 16, 2009)

Peter Rowan has been a favorite of mine for over twenty years now, and like the good fan that I am, I haven't missed any of his not-frequent-enough concerts at McCabe's. 

As if he didn't know anyone in LA, Peter came out all by himself and, accompanied by an acoustic guitar, delivered his first set with strong vocals and playing. He sang "Tumbleweed", "Panama Red", "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy", "Wild Mustang" and a new number titled "Two of a Kind".

After a short break, Peter came back for his second set, but this time he brought some company along: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, both huge favorites of mine! The crowd screamed with excitement and so did I.
Dave Rawlings, Peter Rowan and Gillian Welch at McCabe's (January 16, 2009) (photo by Roman Cho)
Their beautiful vocal harmonies and great guitar playing were something to behold. Together they sang "The Winds of Time", "Free Mexican Air Force", "Rainmaker" and a few more. Gillian sang lead on just one song, Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine".

The three of them remained on the stage not only for the entire duration of the second set but also for their two-song encore. Talk about getting your money's worth!

Gillian Welch at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica
Overall, it was an exciting evening like few others. How can one not love McCabe's?

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