Tift and Son
Mrs. Cleek and I went to see Son Volt and Tift Merritt last night, at The Disco Rodeo.
She was good, if a bit hoarse. My wife likes her better on record, than live. I like her better live.
Here's Jay Farrar from Son Volt, playing harmonica:
It's a good thing Farrar has interesting lyrics and can write such rocking songs, because the combination of his near monotone delivery and minimal stage presence would sink anyone else - I think I saw him break his blank expression with a smile once the whole night. Nonetheless, I do love me some Son Volt. They have a few songs that rank among my all-time favorites (including their cover of Ron Wood's Mystifies Me).
Interestingly, the lead guitar player, Brad Rice, played for both Tift and Son Volt last night. He played on the latest Son Volt album, and he was playing for Tift when we saw her on Austin City Limits last Saturday night. Busy guy.