I went to Massey Hall Saturday night to see Steve Earle. It was great. Jason Collett opened and played a solid set alone with an acoustic guitar. It is kind of odd seeing a lone performer on a stage as large as Massey Hall's but it worked out nicely.
It was also indicative of things to come. It soon became clear that not much setup was required between acts as Steve Earle also came out alone with a guitar. With only the guitar, some harmonicas and a short stretch with a mandolin, Earle showed you don't need a band to rock the house.
He played old stuff. He played new stuff. He talked about Townes (his latest album is a tribute to his musical mentor, the late Townes Van Zandt). He talked about living on the street where The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album cover was photographed (and helping to make sure the Japanese tourists are facing the right way for their photos). All in all, it was a great night and worth the lack of sleep (I had to work at 5:45 the next morning).
Other than that, I've been working. Thankfully, my last shift is this afternoon. Then I'm on vacation for 13 days. This weekend, my father and I will embark on a road trip around Lake Ontario with a stop in Syracuse to see Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
I'm a little bit excited.
Must be off. Hope all is well with you all.