Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Girls & Carlile

Made my way with Shelley to Stubbs (great venue) last night for Brandi and the Indigo Girls. Got to see fellow Triathlete and Ironman, Carrie as well..super duper treat!

Texas is HOT right was 95 freaking degrees at 7:00 when I got picked up....goodness, is this what I have to look forward to in the coming months? I digress...

Brandi started a few minutes after I got there...I am going to be honest, I was just a bit disappointed. I think it was two things...ONE, she pretty much did the same set and shtick that I saw back in September. Same old sing-a-long on Turpentine...and then the SAME exact covers at the end, it was almost predicatable..Folsom Prison Blues and Hallelujah. And TWO, acoustically in an outdoor venue things got lost and I didn't feel the same connection with her music that I had in the tiny UT ballroom almost one year ago. She is still a brilliant musician and her voice has more color to it than any female artist out there right now (I think) BUT she didn't deliver the same way.

Then came the Indigo know, they get older and their voices stay the same.. a clean, amazing sound. There are harmonies are delicious, and when Brandi came out and provided some three part in a few songs...I was certainly in heaven. It was one of those nights where you can sit under the starry Texas sky and sing a long (I know Shelley, you didn't pay to hear the crowd sing but that is what the Girls pull out of you...every single on their songs you want to sing as if you were on a cross country road won't change)

They did the song, Get Out the Map..(which I am not going to lie, is one of my favorites, I feel sometimes as though the chorus was written for me)

Get out the map, get out the map and lay your finger anywhere down
We'll leave the figurin' to those who pass on the way out of town
Don't drink the water there seems to be something ailing everyone
I'm gonna clear my head (I'm gonna clear my head)
I'm gonna drink that sun (I'm gonna drink that sun)
I'm gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young
I'm gonna clear my head
I'm gonna drink that sun
I'm gonna love you good and strong while our love is good and young

Then the song...Shame On You. Love this as well and yeah, you had to sing along.

The night ended with Brandi and the Girls doing Kid Fears and yes...Closer to Fine. I could hear this song over and over and just moves you and makes you want to dance like it were 1989 (so that you feel totally old, yes...this is when the song hit the charts. I was a Freshman in High School)

It was a perfect night because the Indigo Girls know how to bring it every single time and I had wanted to see Brandi with the Indigo Girls for some time now...well worth my $25!!

The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if Slo-Diggity was there to dance and be stupid with me. We always have September and ACL right??

**In case you didn't know, Brandi and The Girls will have new albums out next February.


SLO-Diggity said...

Oh my love, I am so sad I missed it. I will never forget seeing the girls with you at ACL singing our asses off as the sun fell over Austin. Of course, every one thought we were a couple...but whatever.

Shelley said...

It's not that I mind when the audience sings -- even I was singing along to closer to fine -- but I don't like it when artists STOP singing to allow tone-deaf, lyrically challenged folks like me take over. Between the music, the company, and the leslie bean crowd, I couldn't have had a better time!!!!