Settled Down Like Rain



Wow. When I decided to start hitting concerts again I picked a good place to start, last night’s The Jayhawks and Josh Rouse show was INSANE. Alex accompanied me and was later thankful I’d convinced him to go – a mighty good compliment from a gent that normally listens to electronica – and we met Frank from chromewaves.net while we were there. Great guy, great site, check it out.

Anyways, Josh Rouse was on his game to start off playing mostly material from his new 1972 album (1972, Love Vibration, Sunshine (Come On Lady), Slaveship, Comeback (Light Therapy), Under Your Charms, Flight Attendant, Rise), but delving into Under Cold Blue Stars (Miracle, Feeling No Pain) for two songs. Rouse writes such catchy little 70’s-tinged pop songs that you really can’t help but enjoy it, and he certainly had the crowd as the opener. Things picked up even more for The Jayhawks, making their third trip through Toronto in recent memory – their first time as a headliner.

Owners of 6 albums dating back to 1989 (and one indie from 1986) I was surprised to find the band played songs from all their major albums, not simply showcasing the new stuff. They claimed their version of Pray For Me to be the first playing since 1995 but it sounded just as good as everything else. The guitar mastery on Waiting For The Sun and Sister Cry proved to me that if The Jayhawks had existed in the era of The Byrds, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream, etc.., they’d be one of the biggest names in music. There’s no possible way for me to indicate exactly how “on” they sounded last night, but by God I’m going to find myself a bootleg if it exists.

For fans and collectors you’ll find the songs they played below the drop down. For non-fans, get with it and make sure you’re by my side the next time these boys hit town. ;)

Cheers!


BLUE EARTH
Baltimore Sun

HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL
Waiting For The Sun
Sister Cry
Settled Down Like Rain
Nevada, California

TOMORROW THE GREEN GRASS
Blue
I’d Run Away
Two Hearts
Real Light
Pray For Me

SOUND OF LIES
Think About It
Haywire
Dying On The Vine
Bottomless Cup
Sound Of Lies

SMILE
Smile
Queen Of The World
Better Days
Baby, Baby, Baby

RAINY DAY MUSIC
Stumbling Through The Dark
Tailspin
All The Right Reasons
Save It For A Rainy Day
Angelyne
Tampa To Tulsa
Fools On Parade
Expecting To Fly (Buffalo Springfield cover)
Jennifer Save Me (Golden Smog’s ‘Weird Tales‘)

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