Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bob Walkenhorst at the Soybean Festival in Norborne, MO, August 11, 2006

(Norborne is Bob's home town. Last year he played there as well, but it rained so the show was in the high school gym.)

No rain this year. So the show was outside at the Soybean Theater. So, as Bob told and sang Norborne related stories, we could look around and see the town. Which was pretty cool.
That is, it was cool to be able to look around and see the town as the stories were told and sang. Though the temperatures were cool too. Cool for August, anyway. Clear and not hot -- perfect outdoor concert weather.

I guess there's really not a lot to say as far as details. No surprises in the set list.

I found it interesting that Bob said that he didn't used to be interested in country music, growing up it was the Beatles and rock and roll. Now, see, I grew up, when I was little (70s), listening to country music because that's what my parents listened to. And after discovering rock radio in the 80s, I didn't abandon listening to country music. And then in the 90s I was back to listening to a lot of country because, frankly, it was the best music of the 90s. (Or, rather, the best music getting played on U.S. radio stations. Flirting With the Universe was, after all, a 90s album, even if I never heard it till 2003. :) )

I've gotten so used to country music being part of Bob's repetoire that it's easy to forget that not all that long ago it wasn't. I even remember those days. :)

That was an intro to "Broken Radio", which is about the best county song I've ever heard. In my probably biased opinion. :)

Bob and Jeff and Gary played about an hour and a half. They played till a little past 9 pm. Bob did two songs by himself, "Burgers" and I forget the 2nd. And then "The Day That We Hung Up The Flag" with just Jeff. Then back to all 3 with with "Downstream".

Oh yeah, one more note. I missed Norm. With no show this past Wednesday, and me being out of town the week before, it'd been 2 weeks and a day since I'd seen Norm play live, and 2 weeks and 2 days since seeing him play with Bob. I'm not used to that kind of deprivation. :) I was feeling that pretty strongly early in the show, but by the end of the show I'd forgotten all about Norm. Norm who? :)

Several Wednesday night regulars were there. Along with a lot of locals. Bob noted that someone had asked him if he knows everyone there, and he said he no longer knows everyone in Norborne, but he probably knows everyone who's there at his show.

Early in the show, Bob told us (among other things) that he was nervous. I can't say I'd've known that if he hadn't said so.

And the show ended with "Let My People Go-Go". :) Good song that we don't get to hear too regularly.

Then we called them back out for an encore and got "One More Summer".

Saywer Brown, Nace Brothers, at the Missouri State Fair, August 10, 2006

I like Sawyer Brown.

Sawyer Brown were playing at the Grandstand the first day of this year's Missouri State Fair. With $1 fair admission on the first day of the fair, and $5 to see Sawyer Brown (general admission), it was a very good value.

Sawyer Brown are a great band, both on recordings and playing live. I've seen then several times and I've never been disappointed.

After Sawyer Brown, I went to the Bud Tent to see the Nace Brothers. Free with fair admission. They were good as always, but this was a bit of a let down after the previous show of theirs I attended, a co-headline gig with Bob Walkenhorst at Knuckleheads in July (which I see I didn't blog about). I think Bob playing before them inspired them to do their best. Plus, it was mostly all originals, and I like their originals. I don't think it would have been worthwhile to drive out to Sedalia just to see the Nace Brothers for this particular show (though I did that in 2005 and it was well worth it). But the combination of Sawyer Brown on the big stage and the Nace Brothers in the Bud Tent made the 2 hour drive well worth it.

Jeff Porter at Zona Rosa, August 5, 2006

(Jeff Porter usually accompanies Bob Walkenhorst. This show, though, was Jeff's show, with Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter accompanying him.)

So, far, I've been to two shows at Zona Rosa. Both with clear weather. No worries of rain. So far so good. But 4 more in the 2nd half of September. Will my luck hold out? We'll see.
It was much hotter than Bob's show back in May. Just as sunny. Well, except this time, when the sun went behind the building, it stayed gone. :)

Jeff had sunglasses on. A concession to the sun. But no hat. Because, as we know, Jeff doesn't wear hats. :) Though Bob and Gary had hats. Bob had hat and sunglasses. Jeff commented on the sunglasses (his own), saying he doesn't do the sunglasses on stage thing, but he made an exception.

Now, me, I think I've seen the Elders do enough outdoor gigs that I'm used to the sunglasses on stage because it's sunny thing.

Oh, right, the music. :)

First, we got lots of Jeff songs. He did all the songs of his that we've heard him do at Bob's Wednesday shows, and one or two more. He also did John Prine's "Paradise". And there may have been another cover or two in there towards the end of that part of the show. Not sure.
Mostly it was Jeff on guitar and singing, Gary on bass, Bob on drums. But they did a couple with Gary sitting out and Bob on guitar ("Paradise" was one of those), and then Jeff did a couple by himself. Then back to all 3, and Bob back to drums.

After maybe an hour and 10 minutes or so, they took a break.

Jeff had out of town relatives there. Though, he pointed out, they weren't there to see him, they were there to see "the famous Porter". That would be Jeff's nephew Chris Porter, who was playing just down the street. As in, look left from the stage and you can see the place Chris was playing at, and his name on the marquis. Across the street and a half block down from the stage Jeff was playing on.

They must have had to get to the Improv (where Chris was playing) early to get a good spot, because it was after they left to go see him perform that Chris showed up and watched part of Jeff's show, before going to do his own show.

I got a picture of Chris's name up on the marquis. And later a picture of him signing autographs. I felt like a paparazzi taking that picture (through the window).

Anyway, after Jeff mentioned his relatives at his show who actually came to see Chris, Bob pointed out that it was an appropriate intro to Jeff's next song. Which was "15 Miles of Fame".

I didn't dance much during this portion of the show because it was just too darn hot.

Like I said, they took a break. Yes, an actual break. A short one. They actually meant it when they said a short break. But, none the less, a real genuine break.

They came back and Bob got to sing a bunch of his songs. All ones where Jeff plays guitar, not drums, which kinda makes sense. Show off Jeff's guitar playing. :) 'Twas good. And somewhere in there Bob took off his hat, and Jeff took off his sunglasses. Actually, Bob also took off his sunglasses, but then later put them back on.

With about 40 minutes left they went back to Jeff singing. He repeated some songs he'd sung earlier. Though, some certain people hadn't heard them the first time because they got there late. I don't think any off us hearing them for a 2nd time minded. And I liked getting to dance, since it was too hot to dance earlier.

Bob played drums (the usual 2 drums that Jeff plays at Bob's shows) sitting, except for both times they did "White Trash" Bob played standing up. Not sure why. But whatever works for him. :)
Oh, in that first set there was one, I recall, that had Bob and Gary both playing, with Bob on guitar. I remember because I remember Bob played guitar sitting for that song. Though when it was just him and Jeff on stage, without Gary, he played standing up.
But, back to the end portion of the show. There were also several cover songs. With Jeff on lead vocals, save "The Boxer" (with it's two part Bob/Jeff harmony) and "Good Lovin'" to close the show, with Jeff and Bob each taking a verse.
That's about all I can think to report. It was good. It wasn't recorded. But Jim and I both took pictures, so it really did happen. :) I'll share pictures when I get a chance. I need to sort though and pick out the good ones (particularly on the repetitive shots, as I did use "continuous shooting" several times).