GENERAL INFORMATIONDATE: 13 April 2009
Submitted by Larry McDowell:
As always, Bruce put on a great show, probably one of the best that I have seen. As usual, his guitar playing was inspired and he was very talkative with the audience; giving us insight into the inspiration behind his songs.
The song selections were similar to [those on his last live release]. What I love about his shows is that no two set lists are alike and Bruce surprised us with new selections we haven’t heard for a long time or at all. Songs like Bone In My Ear which I haven’t seen him play live since his 2003 performance in Boulder. It was great to see the charango that Linda Manzer made for him, I love that instrument and how it sounds. He was having some tuning problems and mentioned that he has only changed the strings maybe three times since he got it in the late 80s and it might be time to do it again.
We were also lucky enough to hear Call Me Rose for the first time. As I mentioned earlier, Bruce was talkative and gave us a nice background story on this new song. Rose is about redemption, he said and the person being redeemed was none other than Richard Nixon. From the lyrics I got the idea that Nixon was reincarnated into the life of a single mother who is poor. It has an anthem-like feel and part of the chorus goes, “It’s not what I would have chose” “But now you have to call me Rose”. Definitely another political masterpiece by Bruce, injected with a bit of humor.
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