-- 10 April 2009 --

2009 Index


DATE: 10 April 2009
VENUE/SHOW: James A Little Theatre


  • World Of Wonders
  • Last Night Of The World
  • See You Tomorrow
  • Night Train
  • Pacing The Cage
  • Lovers In A Dangerous Time
  • Bone In My Ear
  • Elegy
  • Wait No More

  • Interval

  • The City Is Hungry
  • Jerusalem Poker
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Call Me Rose
  • Kit Carson
  • Put It In Your Heart
  • If A Tree Falls
  • Celestial Horses

  • Encores

  • Wondering Where The Lions Are
  • Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long
  • Child Of The Wind


    Submitted by Audrey:

    Bruce's gig was totally hot. Wow! I don't think I've ever heard him play so well and so relaxed and with such power. His vocals were the best I've ever heard. He fully played each song, taking little jams, and playing the song out. He went from one song to the next with barely a pause.

    Before See You Tomorrow he said there was an obscurity that warranted elucidation – and that someone had told him in high school to not use that many syllables. Then he told the mercenary story.

    Bone In My Ear was truly beautiful and heartfelt. The charango returned. He talked about those that are familiar with his "oeuvre" would know that the new live album were songs we would be familiar with – except there was one new song – The City Is Hungry. He said that in a town with so many art galleries, he could use the word "oeuvre".

    He said Call Me Rose was a new song, a new song being defined as one written after the last album was recorded. The tune is rollicking and fun – everyone laughed at the introduction. The music works much better than the version I heard in the soundcheck in Ft. Steele. He said that he woke up with the song in his head and that those familiar with his oeuvre would know he usually writes songs in the first person, but this was written from the perspective of someone else. It had its origin in the attempt during the former Bush regime to rehabilitate Richard Nixon – and for anyone who was there would know that there could be no rehabilitation. The song is about Richard Nixon being reincarnated – as a girl. I think I got the chorus correct:

    I used to be Richard Nixon
    Now I'm a girl
    It's not what I would have chose
    Now you can call me Rose

    All in all, just wow. Bruce was absolutely in the centre, playing with his full mastery and power as I haven't heard him play in a while – if ever (and I've been to a lot of gigs). I shouted out at one point "Any new songs Bruce?" and he didn't answer, and just slowly drank his water. I did ask "Tell us about your plans to go into the recording studio" and he said "I have no such plans." It didn't seem like the time to say "Well, in Aspen you said…" So, I tried – but no hot gossip.



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