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any sort of review you can offer, bradm?

It was pretty good, but there wasn't much of a crowd there for the show, which limited how fun it was. Here's the set list:

Clinch Mountain Back Step (The Stanley Brothers)

Taterbug

Rambler's Plea

The Things In Life

Heart Attack Stomp

Devil's Mountain

Crosswalk

Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake (Bill Monroe)

Time Travel

Ain't It Hard

Facebook Waltz

Backwaters (Tony Rice)

I'm Lost And I'll Never Find The Way (The Stanley Brothers)

Miss You So

Windmill Road

He's Gone (The Grateful Dead)

End Of The World

I Don't Know

Iceburger

Bluegrass Love Slave

The show (one big set) was a good 100 minutes, and a lot of my favourite tunes (esp. "End Of The World" and "Time Travel") were pulled out, but the lack of a crowd kind of gave a weird vibe to the night. Part of the problem was that the band was the early entertainment for the night (and a Monday night taboot): they had to get going around 8:30pm, and finished just after 10:00pm, after which was an open stage thing. Tonight it's just them, with a more usual, later, start and end, so we'll see how it goes.

Aloha,

Brad

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It was much more fun last night. The crowd was still pretty small (about as big as it was on Monday night), but they were there for the music (or got hooked by it; a couple of random walk-ins [Finnish guys in suits] dug the band immensely, and even bought CDs), and the night just had a better, more fun, feel end to end. The sound was also better. They did two sets:

Devil's Mountain

Wild Bill Jones

Windmill Road

Taterbug

Goblins

Miss You So

Rambler's Plea

He's Gone (The Grateful Dead)

Handsome Molly

Facebook Waltz

Iceburger

Terrapin Train

Out Of The Light

Heart Attack Stomp

Somehow Tonight*

Backwaters (Tony Rice)

The Things In Life

Bluegrass Love Slave

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unknown #2

End Of The World

You Can Have Her I Don't Want Her

Devil In Disguise (Gram Parsons)

Time Travel

* With a guest on vocals: a woman whose name I didn't get, who hosts a radio show the band appeared on earlier in the day.

Tonight is night #3, at Irene's Pub. I think Irene's is trying to get Wednesday night shows started and ended earlier (the show time is listed as 8pm), so with any luck it won't go too late tonight.

Aloha,

Brad

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Last night was great to hear. They did three sets, with the middle one featuring guests, including a couple of guys from The Dusty Drifters:

Cherokee Shuffle

Jessica

Ain't It Hard (The Stanley Brothers)

Heart Attack Stomp

Terrapin Train

Miss You So

Devil's Mountain

You Can Have Her (Waylon Jennings)

Goblins

I Don't Know

Facebook Waltz

Time Travel

End Of The World

Big Mon (Bill Monroe)

Sing These Hymns

Home On The Hill (Flatt and Scruggs)

Somehow Tonight (Flatt and Scruggs)

Freeborn Man

White House Blues

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Bluegrass Love Slave

Taterbug

Wild Bill Jones

Rambler's Plea

Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake (Bill Monroe)

He's Gone (The Grateful Dead)

Things In Life (Don Stover)

Crosswalk

Iceburger

Uncle Pen

I'm Lost And I'll Never Find The Way (The Stanley Brothers)

There was a good, enthusiastic, crowd there that was digging every moment (and which called for two encores), and the band felt it and delivered a great show, tons of fun all around.

Aloha,

Brad

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