May 17, 2015

Concert #742 - Liz Longley at McCabe's Guitar Shop (May 15, 2015)

I can't call myself a follower of Liz Longley's music, nor can I claim that, generally speaking, I'm a fan of the vocal style employed by Liz to deliver her songs. Yes, I did take a gamble driving all the way to McCabe's on a busy Friday night, but in the end I was rewarded with an entertaining performance that I may want to experience again in the future.

Stepping away from the microphone, Liz kicked off the evening with a wonderful rendition of "I Wonder Who's Lovin' You" and "You've Got That Way", two songs intertwined into a gorgeous medley. I could immediately tell that Liz Longley live in person was a lot more enjoyable than Liz Longley via YouTube.

Liz Longley at McCabe's
Most of the songs we heard were written or co-written by Liz. The ones that stood out for me were "Skin And Bones", "Unraveling" and "Alive Again", the latter being one of the songs inspired by Liz's often-mentioned ex-boyfriends. Her current boyfriend also got a song, "Electricity", and a good one at that.

Liz Longley at McCabe's
The set list
Supplementing the self-penned tunes, Liz also sang a few covers. Van Morrison's "Moondance", which ended with a few jazzy lines from Gershwin's "Summertime", sounded particularly good. Later on, Liz wrapped up the evening with a gentle version of "I Will", the old Beatles song.

Accompanying herself on the piano and using a somewhat different singing style, Liz delivered three songs - "Electricity", "Only Love" and "Unraveling" - that were some of the evening's best.

Liz Longley at McCabe's
Liz Longley singing "I Will" (with Anthony D'Amato)
New Yorker Anthony D'Amato's opening set had quite a few good songs, the ones I liked the best were "If It Don't Work Out" and "Was A Time". With his pleasant personality and good humor, Anthony is definitely not your average singer with a guitar.

Anthony D'Amato at McCabe's
Liz Longley after the show
Anthony D'Amato signing autographs
The merch table
Anthony D'Amato T-shirts
The stage

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