Photos by James Holland.
Setlist submitted by John Good:
Bruce’s playing and singing were excellent throughout; one could tell he had to put some sweat into some of his songs but the exertion gave the music a grittier, authentic sound that one would never, ever trade for the glitter of more mainstream artists. Bruce said enigmatically of Peggy's Kitchen Wall that one of the persons who is featured prominently in the song “passed away a few weeks ago”. All in all, a very satisfying show.
...and by John Raffaele, owner of Bruce's Flying V:
My wife, Julia, and I were at the Swyer Theatre in Albany NY last night to see and hear Bruce for our first time as a married couple. Was my 53rd BC show since 1987... her 2nd since last year. How sweet...
The show was outstanding, and as is the case with most intimate solo Bruce shows, he was relaxed, friendly and fielded several silly jokes and comments. Someone shouted, "play some Skynrd"... another asked about, "how heavy was the Dobro/Resonator guitar?"... the finest of all audience comments was, "Bruce, you get better like fine wine!" Bruce's self-deprecating response was, "Yeah, but wine gets to that tipping point and turns to vinegar, so..."
Almost sold-out... about 450 in audience.
He was in top form with all his energy and focus on and in his songs.
...and by Victoria Bouffard:
The show didn't start remotely on time, but when everyone had found their seats and the lights dimmed, with no introduction, out walked Bruce.
The sound was fantastic, clear and balanced, and it felt like it surrounded us. This was one of those near flawless nights that makes you wish True North would release a dozen live albums a year - or three - or a DVD - or anything - that could help you recapture the feeling of being in a room when these sounds are being made.
It sure was tough to go to work in the morning.