This concert was the first event of the "2012 Portland Rose" train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, and back. Such musical journeys are a bit too expensive for my taste, but I was more than happy to shell out $40 to catch the participating artists performing live at McCabe's last night, as part of the trip's kickoff show. It turned out it was money well spent.
The format of the concert was just as I predicted: Tom, Jimmie, Ramblin' Jack and Jon took turns to perform their own songs, with Thad Beckman (guitar) and Randy Franklin (mandolin) providing instrumental backup. Tom Russell took the stage first, then one by one, he introduced the other three. Then the music started. Here are the songs of the first round:
- Tom Russell: "Nina Simone"
- Ramblin' Jack Elliott: "Riding In My Car (Car Song)"
- Jimmie Dale Gilmore: "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown"
- Jon Langford: "Pill Sailor"
|Yours Truly & Jimmie Dale Gilmore after the concert|
There were four rounds of songs, with the musicians performing in the sequence of their seating order. There was a lot of interaction between the musicians and plenty of fun stories were told, without anyone going overboard. Not even Ramblin' Jack!
Tom Russell sang "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall", "Blue Wing" and "Road To Nowhere". Ramblin' Jack delivered a somewhat sloppy version of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" that actually sounded great. I was dying to hear Jon Langford's fabulous "Nashville Radio", but no luck for me. Instead he played a newer song titled "1234 Ever" and one other number with a title I do not know. He sounded great, like he always does.
Woody Guthrie's "Hard Travelin'" was the one-song encore of the evening, with all on stage pitching in and I don't believe there was anyone in the room not to have loved every minute of the show. I know I did.
|The stage ready for the show to begin|
|Tom, Jack, Jimmie and Jon finishing their last song|
|Jack, Jimmie and Jon thanking the audience|
|Tom Russell & Ramblin' Jack Elliott after the encore|
|Ramblin' Jack Elliott at the merch table|
|Tom Russell and Jimmie Dale Gilmore chatting with fans|
|Jon Langford chatting with a fan|
|Two legends: Albert Lee and Ramblin' Jack Elliott meeting after the show|
|My friend Paul buying a few more concert tickets|