07.11.14 – Redmond Derby Days – Redmond, WA
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Poplar Bluff / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Amy / Engineer / How Long (Ace) / Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / Permit to Preach / set break / Nearly Marjorie / Never Had a Bad Idea / Get Paid / Crow / Skint City / You Be Vapor, I’ll Be Dust / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Someone Else’s Cake
Ahhh…outdoor civic events! It was a hot one – nearly 90, and I was in direct sunlight (which was kinda nice, if I’m being honest) half the time. But I can’t say we made much of a splash. Still, we played pretty darn well, and aired out some new tunes for the festival crowd. Not a glamour gig by any stretch, though!
06.26.14 – Songwriter’s Night @ Conor Byrne Pub – 5140 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – Lincoln & Dan w/ Josh Scramm & Kevin Suggs of Modern Relics & Ian McFeron
Setlist (Lincoln’s songs only): 22 Rose Petal Place / Nickel & Dime / I Must Be in a Good Place Now (Bobby Charles) / Crow / Skint City / Permit to Preach / Someone Else’s Cake / End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys – shared lead vocal with Josh & Ian)
Fun, loose night of songs and stories with my esteemed colleagues Josh Schramm and Ian McFeron – all backed by Dan Walker (of RJM) on keys and Kevin Suggs (of Josh’s band Modern Relics) on pedal steel. I played electric, just to break up the acoustic strumming and add some color. Lots of spontaneous harmonies and such, and the stage banter was salty, to say the least. Great little crowd for a weeknight, and they even stuck around long enough to warrant an encore round. We wrapped it all up with a cover of the Wilburys gem “End of the Line,” with Ian and I swapping choruses (a la Orbison, Harrison, and Lynne) and Josh taking the Petty verses. All good fun. Thanks to everyone who attended, and special thanks to Mr. Schramm for organizing the whole thing.
06.21.14 – Rock Creek Tavern – 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97124
Setlist: Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Such an Easy Thing / Ron Nasty / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Better to be Broken / Get Paid / You Be Vapor, I’ll Be Dust / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Nickel & Dime / Listen Up / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / set break / Bellar & Bawl / Poplar Bluff / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Worship Me / Nearly Marjorie / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Magnet (NRBQ) / Never Had a Bad Idea / Pure Delight / How Long (Ace) / Someone Else’s Cake / set break / Amy / Engineer / It Was a Accident (NRBQ) / Permit to Preach / Skint City / Get Paid (reprise) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)
What a cool little spot tucked in the hills outside Portland! Another three-setter, this show marked the debut of two new RJM songs – “Never Had a Bad Idea” and “You Be Vapor, I’ll Be Dust.” Proud to say that both went off without a hitch, and were quite well-received…I think they’re keepers. All around a fun, loose evening, with some extended (by our standards, anyway) solos and lots of questionable stage banter. Hope to play this room again soon!
06.06.14 – Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004
Setlist: Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Such an Easy Thing / Ron Nasty / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Better to be Broken / Get Paid / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Nickel & Dime / Listen Up / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / set break / Bellar & Bawl / Poplar Bluff / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Worship Me / Nearly Marjorie / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Crow / Novelty’s Gone / Magnet (NRBQ) / Pure Delight / How Long (Ace) / Someone Else’s Cake / set break / Amy / Engineer / It Was a Accident (NRBQ) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)
Another super fun night at the Cypress! It was great to play three full sets with the full band, and we had some friendly faces keeping us company all evening. Thanks to Maia, David, and Rikki for the hospitality.
05.16.14 – High Dive – 513 N. 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 – w/ Gibraltar & Gerald Collier
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Crow / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake
Great times at the High Dive, as usual! Real healthy crowd, due at least in part to the star-studded homecoming that was Gerald Collier’s band for the night – featuring Seattle alums (currently residing in Brooklyn & San Francisco, respectively) Jeff Wood and John Hollis. Our set was fast, loud, and loose, but not without tenderness (see “El Goodo” and “Crow”). Dimebag Darrell even made a cameo! You just never know what’s gonna happen on a Friday night in Fremont.
05.10.14 – Sapolil Cellars – 15 East Main Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Setlist: similar to Ten Depot show below…no particular order known!
Ahhh…the final night of the “Teachable Moments” tour took us to idyllic Walla Walla, Washington – home to many fantastic wineries, lots of well-heeled folks on (seemingly) permanent vacation, and a state penitentiary. We rolled into town early, and Andy and I snuck in a little wine tasting (at El Corazon and Mark Ryan, for those keeping score at home) before the show. The gig itself was a lot of fun, thanks in no small part to bartender/emcee Nick, who managed to get the entire audience on our side with his gospel-inspired exhortations. Altogether a very fine time – we’ll definitely be back!
05.09.14 – Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. – 403 South Main Street, Pendleton, OR 97801 – w/ James Dean Kindle
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Engineer / I Want You to Worship Me / Nickel & Dime / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Skint City / Permit to Preach / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Crow / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / How Long (Ace)
The “Teachable Moments” tour rolled on to Pendleton, site of many triumphs and great times for RJM – legitimately one of our favorite towns on earth. Ken and his crew at the Great Pacific have always personified hospitality, and this visit was no exception. The show was a hoot, as usual, and we repaired afterward to Cimmiyotti’s and our beloved Rainbow for some cocktails and socializing with the locals. Thanks to the whole crew for showing us a great time, and big thanks to the folks from La Grande who made the trip over the hill!
05.09.14 – In-studio interview/live performance on KEOL La Grande – La Grande, OR
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Crow / Permit to Preach / Someone Else’s Cake
Fun in-studio with the amazingly supportive and enthusiastic DJ Sticky Icky and the rest of the crew from KEOL. We played a few tunes in our stripped-down ‘radio’ format (acoustic guitar/piano/snare drum) and had some fun fielding questions from Mr. Icky and fellow DJ Jeremy. The interview got weird at a few points; we can’t deny it. But we loved every minute! Thanks to KEOL for having us.
05.08.14 – Ten Depot Street – 10 Depot St, La Grande, OR 97850
Setlist: I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Such an Easy Thing / Poplar Bluff / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Sweetheart Like You (Dylan) / Permit to Preach / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / Pure Delight / set break / Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / I Want You to Worship Me / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Crow / Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ) / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / How Long (Ace) / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren)
Great way to start the “Teachable Moments” tour. Upon our arrival in quaint La Grande, we were greeted by the enthusiastic, exceedingly-hospitable delegation from Eastern Oregon University’s radio station, KEOL. They made sure we felt very much welcome, as did the staff at Ten Depot, kinda the only game in town for bands like ours…half old-west saloon, half “fine dining” establishment. La Grande’s music fans showed up, and they wanted to dance, so we did our best to accommodate. Altogether a super fun time. Thanks to Kimberly and everyone at Ten Depot for having us!
05.03.14 – The Spar – 2121 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Hook Me Up (Johnny Guitar Watson) / Engineer / Skint City / Novelty’s Gone / Magnet (NRBQ) / Get Paid / Permit to Preach / How Long (Ace) / set break / Amy / I Want You to Worship Me / Pure Delight / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / Nickel & Dime / Why Wouldn’t You Want Me to Do That? / Crow / Never Take the Place of You (NRBQ) / Listen Up / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd) / set break / Want You to Feel Good Too (NRBQ) / Engineer / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Better to Be Broken Than Blind
Fun gig, in a heretofore-unexplored area of the greater Puget Sound region: quaint North Tacoma. The Spar is an airy, high-ceilinged British-style pub, from what we can tell, and their weekend music series would appear to attract at least a few curious fans. Despite the relatively-scant crowd, we managed to have a real fine time, and air out the majority of our repertoire, which did us no small measure of good. I’d like to think those in attendance got a quite fine show out of the deal, too. Thanks to Bernie and all at the Spar for having us!
04.12.14 – Things We Like to Do: A Tribute to NRBQ at The Royal Room – 5000 Rainier Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98118 – feat. members of RJM, Young Fresh Fellows, the Tripwires, and more!
Setlist – Lincoln lead vocal in bold: Want You to Feel Good Too / Don’t She Look Good / RC Cola and a Moon Pie / Girl Like That / If I Don’t Have You / Wacky Tobacky / Little Floater / Green Lights / 12 Bar Blues / Me and the Boys / I Want You Bad / Things We Like to Do / Still in School / When Things Was Cheap / Ain’t It All Right / Pretty Thing / Hit the Hay / set break / Magnet / Never Take the Place of You / The Same Old Thing / It Comes to Me Naturally / I Got a Little Secret / Get Rhythm / This Love is True / Just Ain’t Fair / I Love Her, She Loves Me / I Got a Rocket in My Pocket / Wild Weekend / Every Boy, Every Girl / Crazy Like a Fox / Rain at the Drive-In / It Was A Accident / Ridin’ in My Car / Encore: Here Comes Terry / Flat Foot Flewzy
Wow. Where to begin with this one? Any gig that sees Andy, Dan, and yours truly sharing the stage with the likes of Johnny & Jim Sangster, Keith Lowe, Kelly Van Camp, Robert Lee Mitchell, Scott McCaughey, and (many) more can’t be bad! Seriously, what a night, with too many magical performances to mention…and we raised nearly $800 for MusiCares in the process! An unqualified success, I’d say. Thanks to all who attended and donated to this worthy cause…hope it do it again next year, now that we’ve all gotten acquainted and learned these great songs!
03.29.14 – Twilight Gallery – 4306 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116 – Lincoln solo w/ Johnny Sangster, Jake London, Jet Sparks
Setlist: Nearly Marjorie / You Be Vapor, I’ll Be Dust / Permit to Preach / The Ballad of El Goodo (Big Star) / My Brain’s Broke / Never Had a Bad Idea Before / Master of Elocution / Little Bad News Breaker / Magnet (NRBQ)
What a great spot for an acoustic show. It’s like a living room, but nicer than any one I can lay claim to – as Jake dubbed it, “living room plus.” My friends turned in beautiful sets, and after a delicious fried-chicken dinner up the street at Ma’ono (thanks, Brian!), I was feeling pretty fine by the time I took the stage. We couldn’t get a decent guitar sound through the PA, so I opted to go completely unplugged, old-school style. It was the right choice…the ‘intimate’ audience was right there with me. I took this opportunity to run through some new tunes, with varying degrees of success, but was met at every step with praise and patience when I needed it. Stopped along the way to play a couple of favorites – Big Star’s “Ballad of El Goodo” (which turned into a pretty magical singalong, and sounded marvelous in the space) and NRBQ’s “Magnet” to close the night. Thanks to all my kind friends who played, assisted, and most of all, listened.
01.30.14 – A Night of Uncle Tupelo vs. The Jayhawks at Tractor Tavern – 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ Star Anna, Evening Bell, & more!
Setlist: One Man’s Problem (The Jayhawks) / Haywire (The Jayhawks) / Until You Came Along (Golden Smog)
Check out some great photos by Brittney Bush Bollay!
A simply fantastic way of heading into a planned two-month gig hiatus. Last year’s Unlce T tribute was a hoot, and this year’s was even better. The organizers chose to open up the repertoire a bit, including the catalog of Minneapolis’ venerable Jayhawks, and we thought it’d be fun to tackle some of Gary Louris’ poppier/more soulful material (including a song originally recorded with Golden Smog). These songs seemed to call for a little more guitar than what we typically feature, including a Mike Campbell-icious 12-string part on “Until You Came Along,” so we asked our old pal (and RJM alumnus magnificus) Patrick Porter to join us, and he graciously accepted. The near-capacity crowd ate up the ensuing shredfest, and we had an absolutely fantastic time. Thanks to Aaron Starkey and all of the organizers (and other artists) for having us…can’t wait for next year!
We met Marty a few weeks ago when he hosted our NYE show with LeRoy Bell, and he and I hit it off backstage when he asked if I was a Squeeze fan. I mentioned that we’d love to be on his podcast sometime, and a few weeks later, we were in studio, chopping it up with Marty and his co-host Michael Stusser, and generally having a great time. The fact that that live-stream video really adds a cool dimension to their show, and Dan trotted out his Wurlitzer 200a (last seen at our Triple Door show with Garland Jeffreys) to make the performance extra-special. We turned in great versions of “Bellar & Bawl” and “Skint City,” and touched on the origins of the band name and limp dorsal fins in a hilarious interview. Thanks to Marty (and Mary, Yaz, and Michael) for having us on the show…hope to be back soon!
01.11.14 – Bob’s Java Jive – 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 – w/ Trees & Timber, Julia Massey & the Five-Finger Discount, Vigilante Santos
Setlist: Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / Amy / Engineer / Pure Delight / Grow Your Own / Skint City / Listen Up / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd) / Someone Else’s Cake
This show started off as another instance of the circumstances of *getting to* the gig threatening to overshadow the gig itself…heavy construction and road closures in this part of Tacoma had essentially ‘fenced in’ the club, and only in-the-know locals knew the way around. We are neither local or in-the-know, so we spent about 20 minutes driving around within half a mile of the club, until we realized we should go ahead and drive through the “No Thru Traffic” signs.
At any rate, we made it, and Bob’s Java Jive is a divey little spot, but not without its charm. Ended up having a fun, loose, three-piece set that included an extended workout on “Engineer”. The crowd was small but enthusiastic, and our pal Spud Goodman even made an appearance. A nice way to blow off some steam after a tough week.
01.10.14 – Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton) / Hotel Chambermaid (Graham Parker) / So Long, Radiant Flower / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Permit to Preach / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / How Long (Ace) / set break / Bellar & Bawl / Ron Nasty / I Want You to Worship Me / AM / Skint City / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Crow / Holiday Pathos / I’ve Forgotten More Lately / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / set break / Engineer / Nickel & Dime / Pure Delight / Someone Else’s Cake / Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd)
This night started off weird, with some transportation drama and even more confusion surrounding load-in. (Typically, we park right across the street from the venue and load directly into the club, but neither the lot nor the doors nearest the club were accessible this time. Curses!) I was exhausted from a long, tough workday, and I think the other guys were close behind me. But we managed to pull it together and deliver a very solid, if not particularly inspired (on my part, anyway) performance. The crowd was weird – much larger than what we’re accustomed to at Cypress, but strangely difficult to engage. We’d finish a song, spiritedly, and no applause, nothing. Typically, it’s the opposite there – an intimate, but friendly, listening audience. It probably had something to do with the fact that the New Orleans Saints were staying at the hotel, and a bunch of their fans/groupies were hanging in the bar, hoping for a glimpse. At any rate, playing to a full room (no matter how indifferent) looked good for us, and we managed to have a decent night, though I was walking dead by the end of it. (Stone sober, too, FWIW.) It was fun to finally get a bass player in there and give it to ‘em full-band style. Thanks, as always, to our good friend Maia for having us.