Based on what I saw last night at McCabe's, there are three words that best describe Tift, the musician: talent, talent and talent. She writes intelligent songs that have enough hooks to grab one's attention, are lively enough not to put anyone to sleep and are far more tuneful than the average singer-songwriter fare I hear nowadays. And to these ears, she sings better now than ever before. Her brand new album, "Traveling Alone", is full of gems and we got to hear each and every one of them, starting with the gorgeous "Sweet Spot". There were no weak songs last night and that made it easier for me to accept the absence of "Good Hearted Man" from her set.
|Tift Merritt at McCabe's|
|Tift Merrit playing the piano at McCabe's|
|Tift Merritt's set list|
|Tift Merritt introducing the band|
|Tift Merritt and Jay Brown at the end of show|
The evening started with a five-song set delivered by Tyler Lyle, a young LA-based Southerner who can definitely write and sing. His songs and performance cannot be characterized as "high-energy", yet he manage to draw everyone into his music, hence the crowd's strong response. His best numbers were "Young Men" and "Never Reach My Destination". Tyler is someone I will meet again in the future, I'm convinced.
|Tyler Lyle picking up his belongings at the end of his set|
|Tyler Lyle's set list|
|Amy Cook at McCabe's|
|Amy Cook's set list|
|Amy Cook's concert poster|
|First in line at McCabe's: Bill and Paula|
|The left side of the stage|
|The right side of the stage|
|The merch table|