12.16.06 – Sunset Tavern – 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA – London Calling tribute night - w/ too many bands to mention
Setlist: Lover’s Rock
The cover nights at the Sunset are always a bit of a schmooze-fest, but that’s what makes them fun—you get to see a bunch of folks you haven’t seen in a long time and attempt to catch up amid the din of whoever’s on stage at the moment. We did some of that, but this night was special for us, despite Patrick’s suspicious absence (Clash-hater!), because it was the first time we got to rock out onstage with brand-new bassist Ryan Chapman. Rock out probably isn’t quite the appropriate term; we re-envisioned “Lover’s Rock” as a shoegazey slow-jam, replete with dissonant, droney guitar chords and a languid pace to match. After a night of (mostly) straight punk-rock covers, I’m not sure the audience knew what hit them, but they seemed to dig it, and we certainly did.
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / Jesus’ House / Dark End of the Street (Percy Sledge) / Family Man / Philistine / Femme Fatale (VU)
It was a cold night in Georgetown, and not a creature was stirring, but this was still a fun gig because we got to play with one my favorite new bands in town: Burning Rivers. They’re the brainchild of Ben London (ex-Sanford Arms, one of my favorite Seattle bands, ever) and Joshua Medaris (ex-Citizens’ Utilities), and their songs, voices, and musicianship are stellar. It was also an opportunity to bid adieu to my friend Mike Squires, who was leaving town for Portland, OR, the next day. Bye, Squires!
Oh yeah, and this was a weird one because, for the first time in months, we had to play as a two-piece! Porter was out of town, visiting our friends Palomino in Provo, UT. So we dusted off a few oldies for the occasion. It wasn’t too bad, but we were certainly glad to have him back!
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Afterhours / Sarah / Blessed Are / Family Man / Kissing Cousin / Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place
As our buddy Rick Cranford likes to say, there’s no such thing as a bad show at the Tractor, and this was certainly no exception. We’d been planning to do a show with Tim Seely for a good long while, and despite our supposed “break” for recording, when Tim graciously offered us the support slot for this show, it was just too good to pass up. It was insanely cold that night—we were wearing scarves and coats onstage—but we had a blast, the other bands were great (and nice people to boot), and the place was packed. What more could we want? A great way to spend the day after Thanksgiving…
Setlist: Afterhours / Sarah / Time to Slow Down / Jesus’ House / Family Man / Kissing Cousin / Blessed Are / Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place
This show was outstanding. Red Jacket Mine has loved the Tractor from afar for a good long time—we’re friends with the booker, and nearly every worthwhile show that comes through Seattle stops there. It’s just a good place to be. But we’ve patiently waited for the better part of a year to make our debut there—until an appropriate bill had an opening, until we had a sufficient fanbase, etc. Well, it all came together this night. The crowd wasn’t quite as huge as at the Crocodile (scroll down to June), but it was big enough to make us quite happy. Best of all, the music that actually came out of us was far better. Mr. Patrick Porter, formerly confined to a stool in front of the pedal steel, was able to roam the stage freely for half the set with his ‘65 P-Bass strapped on. Yes, people, Red Jacket Mine now has bass. Booties, commence shaking. We played five never-before-heard (in Seattle) songs, and I feel that they came off incredibly well, surprising a lot of long-time fans and whetting a lot of appetites for the new record (which we start recording next week). The Tractor staff was awesome, the other bands were awesome (thanks, Whalebones, for the great flyer!), and thanks to Seth Wonner, our friend and trusty photographer, for bringing his camera that night. Click here to witness his prowess. See you all the Tractor on the day after Thanksgiving! Can’t wait!
Setlist: Patience Comes to Those Who Wait / For a Rainbow / Starboard Meets the Sound / Time to Slow Down / Jesus’ House / She’s a Mystery to Me / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo / Philistine
Saturday nights in Fremont are usually pretty fun, and this show was no exception. The crowd was a bit scant, and we had the obligatory money drama, but these things are to be expected. We played a good set, and people even danced a little (!) during “Jesus’ House.” What more do you want?
08.26.06 – Cup N Cork – 46 Main St., Cape Girardeau, MO – solo show w/ Angus Elex
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Starboard Meets the Sound / Afterhours / Sister Parsimony / Every Time That I’ve Tried / Don’t (Settle Your Debts on the Phone) / Useless Thing / Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie) / Early Followed You / Monotone / set break / Blessed Are / Family Man / Kissing Cousin / Philistine / True Currency / Jesus’ House / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / 22 Rose Petal Place
Well, I presumptuously billed this show as my *triumphant* return to southeast Missouri, and luckily, it turned out to be just that. The turnout was magnificent, perhaps the best Cup N Cork’s ever seen, and I have a feeling it would’ve been even greater if there had been more seating available. I certainly can’t complain, though; I had a rapt audience of friends, family, and fans that I hadn’t seen in years, and I had a lot of fun playing two sets composed primarily of songs slated for the new record. They all came off pretty well, too, I think. It was also a joy to share the stage once again with my close friends in Angus Elex. Thanks to Barry at Cup N Cork and everyone who made it out! I can’t wait to see you all again.
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Jesus’ House / Starboard Meets the Sound / Patience Comes to Those Who Wait (instrumental) / For a Rainbow / Philistine / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place
This turned out to be a really fun show. It was great to play with our friends in The Harborrats, who seem to get better each time I see ‘em, which is remarkable when you consider the fact that it’s usually an entirely different group of musicians each time. Somehow, though, Sam Russell manages to corral these renegade garage/soul journeymen (and women) into a visceral, exciting rock band. I don’t know how he does it. We tried out our epic new instrumental, “Patience Comes to Those Who Wait,” and Sam sat in with us for a Roy Orbison tune. Sam was also kind enough to have me up to sing one of my favorite songs, “Waltz #2 (xo),” during his set. Thanks, Sam! Hope we can do it again sometime.
Setlist: 22 Rose Petal Place / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / For a Rainbow / Jesus’ House / You Owe Me That / Time to Slow Down / Philistine / Kozy-Mo
A rock club in West Seattle that isn’t the Rocksport, eh? The Skylark has many things going for it—good food, cheap drinks, parking, two of the coolest-ever Kate Bush posters in the downstairs/backstage area—but my prediction is that its days as a “rock” club are numbered. You all know that Red Jacket Mine’s “rock” quotient is fairly low, but even with the RJM dour-trio’s relatively-low stage volume, this show was a bit of a sound-reinforcement nightmare. We pulled it off and had a little bit of fun in the process, but if we ever play there again, it’ll be a very stripped-down affair, much like our friend Jeff Fielder’s stellar set that night. I don’t mean to dis the place, though—they’re very nice, and like I said, those Kate Bush posters are bitchin’.
Setlist: Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place / Jesus’ House
The release party for the fifth volume of Levi Fuller’s Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly was a huge success. The other bands were great, and we had a blast. Not much else to say. Thanks to our fellow Ball-of-Waxers who played that night: Virgin of the Birds, R. B. Reed, The Music of Grayface, Amy Blaschke, Cock & Swan, Plan B, and Dept. of Energy. Special thanks to the one and only Levi Fuller for making it all possible.
Setlist: Family Man (*) / Kissing Cousin (*) / 22 Rose Petal Place / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / Time to Slow Down / Jesus’ House / Philistine
(*) – Lincoln solo
Our buddy James Hall’s most recent trip to Seattle was quite a success for a Tuesday night. I tried out a couple of the new tunes, with moderate success (thanks to some dubious sound-reinforcement), but it was fun playing them, anyway. James’ crack band, composed of our good friend and frequent show-mate Robert Roth (who played a handful of his own stellar tunes), bassist Graig Markel, and drummer extraordinaire Chris Friel, dig a bang-up job, and everybody had a lot fun. Cool, creepy vibe at the Can Can…check it out sometime.
Setlist: Monotone / Starboard Meets the Sound / Time to Slow Down / For a Rainbow / Jesus’ House / You Owe Me That / Philistine / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place
RJM’s first trip to the northern wilds of Anacortes, WA, was wonderful. Mike and all of the folks at the Brown Lantern have a great thing going, and we hope we can visit again very soon. Our show was quite loud and raucous, by RJM standards, but we had fun. The evening was blighted only by the unfortunate combustion of my vintage Alamo tube amp, on its maiden RJM voyage, no less. Patrick was playing pedal steel through it (and sounding quite gorgeous), when it gave up the ghost (and a huge plume of smoke) during “Jesus’ House.” No worries, though—it probably hadn’t been serviced in 40+ years, and it’s going to be getting quite a workout in the coming months. These things happen. Mike saved the day by plugging Pat into the PA, and we finished the show without another hitch. To those of you who’ve never visited Anacortes, you really must—it’s a beautiful little place, especially in the summertime. Special thanks to the (deservingly) likely lads in The Lonely Forest for opening up the show—you’ll be hearing more about them in the months to come.
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Starboard Meets the Sound / Jesus’ House / Monotone / For a Rainbow / You Owe Me That / Philistine / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place
Our first show at Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe was a huge success, thanks to YOU—especially if your name is Kurt Reighley. Kurt writes a roots-fixated music column called Border Radio for Seattle’s weekly paper The Stranger, and he was gracious enough to give us a very kind endorsement for this show in the Up & Coming section…which couldn’t have hurt. Whatever the cause, the house was full with very friendly faces, the other bands on the bill were wonderful people and musicians (all too rare), and we had what probably ranks as our best-ever show so far. Our good buddy Seth Wonner made it out to take some wonderful photographs, which you can view by clicking the photo link above. I’m sure there’s a lot I’m forgetting (it was nearly a month ago), but suffice to say it was a great night that none of us will soon forget. Thanks!
06.03.06 – The Main – 4210 Main St. (at 26th), Vancouver, BC, CANADA – w/ the Black Sea & the Desolation Sound
Setlist: True Currency / Every Time That I’ve Tried / Time to Slow Down / Sister Parsimony / Monotone (*) / Jesus’ House (*) / Starboard Meets the Sound (*) / Kozy-Mo (*) / Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place
(*) – featuring Kris Hooper on lap steel
My latest solo cross-border trek went surprisingly well, considering that it was on the same weekend that some nuts tried to cross over at Windsor and behead the Canadian Prime Minister. But surely no one had heard about that when they packed into the Main on a breezy Saturday night in East Van. Solo sets from the Desolation Sound (Curtis from Speaking of Devils) and the Black Sea (Chris from Panurge)—nice chaps, both—warmed the crowd up, and then I took the stage and cooled them right down. “Sister Parsimony” made its first appearance, and Kris Hooper made his second, adding tasty lap steel to four tunes. As always, thanks to Ida, all at the Main, and especially Kris Hooper and Carrie McNeely for their unfailing hospitality. See you all next time.
Setlist: Time to Slow Down / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / Jesus’ House / Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo
This in-store performance in the heart of U-District Street Fair bedlam marks one of Red Jacket Mine’s best. This may be a miracle, considering the fact that I was getting shocked by the microphone every few minutes (when I ventured too close, for one of those intimate moments between the audience and I) and the sound, despite the gracious Travis Anderson’s best efforts, was less-than-ideal, but there you have it. The three-piece was mighty, I must say, and I’m obviously not accustomed to rocking like we do during “Philstine,” because I was spent! I could hardly catch my breath to sing the last two songs! Pathetic, I know. I’m working on some endurance training, a la the “stairs” scene in Rocky. Until then, I’ll just have to stay on the oxygen and fondly remember this show. Our good friends Robert Roth and Levator both brought down the house, as well. Thanks to Travis and all at Tower for such a wonderful day.
Setlist: Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / Time to Slow Down / Jesus’ House / For a Rainbow / Philistine / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo / True Currency / Every Time That I’ve Tried
A great show on an OK Sunday night. We certainly had a lot of fun…”Philistine” made its full-band debut, as did my brand-new ‘61 Danelectro/Tele hybrid sturm-und-twang machine. The Mars Bar is always a nice place to play. Thanks to Matt at NadaMucho.com for setting up the show.
Setlist: True Currency / Starboard Meets the Sound / Oh My Love (John Lennon) / Time to Slow Down / Monotone / Jesus’ House / Philistine (solo) / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place / You Owe Me That / For a Rainbow
Rather anti-climactic for a birthday party, I must say, but on any other Wednesday night, it probably would’ve been counted a success. “Philistine” made its live debut before the other guys had had a chance to learn it, but I just couldn’t wait to unveil my snazzy new D6 tuning. “Oh My Love” was very fun to play, and our very good friends Bill Patton & the Credentials turned in a great set, as expected. Thanks to all of you came out, and if you’re reading this and missed the show, you missed out on the super-limited-edition photocopied demo CD I passed out…tasty 4-track stuff. Too bad for you! Thanks to Glen at the Showbox for setting up the show.
Setlist: True Currency / Starboard Meets the Sound / Time to Slow Down / Monotone / Every Time That I’ve Tried / You Owe Me That / Jesus’ House / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo
I knew our first visit to South Park would be interesting, but I would’ve never guessed it would be so much fun. It’s always a pleasure to play with our good friends Amateur Radio Operator, and in addition to shining brightly on their home turf, they made us feel incredibly welcome. Thanks so much to the South Park arts community, in addition to the County Line’s regulars, for being so warm and kind (even though we didn’t know how to play “Johnny B. Goode”). If you haven’t heard Johanna Kunin yet, go do so, right now. I certainly hope it isn’t the last time we visit South Park. Thanks to all of our new friends for making it such a joyous experience. For more info on South Park’s vibrant arts community, check out the Living Barge!
Setlist: True Currency / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / Time to Slow Down / Every Time That I’ve Tried / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / For a Rainbow / Jesus’ House / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo
I hear we were sabotaged by a Huskies game. (What do they play again? Baseball? Football?) At any rate, the Friday-night-in-Fremont crowd wasn’t quite as big as we expected, but the people that did show up were very kind. We played “Time to Slow Down” for the first time, and that was fun…I think it’s a keeper. Thanks so much to Cassandra Speaks for setting up the show, and being so nice.
Setlist: Every Time That I’ve Tried / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone (*) / Jesus’ House (*) / For a Rainbow (*) / You Owe Me That (*) / 22 Rose Petal Place (*) / Kozy-Mo (*)
(*) – featuring Patrick Porter on pedal steel guitar
Our big night at the Showbox was absolutely wonderful. To ALL of our friends who came out to the show, we really can’t thank you enough. To those of you that couldn’t make it, I feel sorry for you—you missed an incredible performance by Mr. Patrick Porter on pedal steel guitar, as well as the debut of my beautiful sonic blue Jazzmaster. Thanks so much to the other bands, as well as the Showbox’s incredible staff (special thanks to Glen, the production manager, for his enthusiasm). Be sure to check out the incredible photos from the show, taken by the gracious (and talented!) Seth Wonner. Thanks, Seth!
Setlist: Every Time That I’ve Tried / Monotone / For a Rainbow / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / Jesus’ House / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place / Starboard Meets the Sound / True Currency
You know those apocryphal tales of bands playing to empty rooms? Well, occasionally, unfortunately, they’re true. Still, we played pretty well, considering, even if only the members of the ever-faithful Swim Team were there to see it, my new Fiesta Red Telecaster made its live debut, and it was Amos’ birthday! Oh well…see you guys at the Showbox!
Setlist: Monotone / Starboard Meets the Sound / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / For a Rainbow / You Owe Me That / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place / Jesus’ House
The High Dive is a great club—clean, great sound, nice stage, nice staff. But this was kind of a weird night. We played well, I think, but the response (despite a lot of friendly faces in the crowd—thank you for being there) was muted, to say the least. But that’s OK. Our set went well, although we’d planned for another couple of songs. The other bands were great; if you haven’t checked out Weather or Sweet Jesus yet, do so. Thanks to them, and to Greg at the High Dive for setting the show up.
Setlist: True Currency (aborted – technical difficulties) / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / You Owe Me That / 22 Rose Petal Place / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / Kozy-Mo (*) / Monotone (*) / Starboard Meets the Sound (*) / Night-time (Big Star) (*) / Jesus’ House / Every Time That I’ve Tried
(*) – featuring Kris Hooper on lap steel/guitar
A great night and a darn good set, I think, only blighted by an intermittently-dead microphone during the first song. My good buddy Kris Hooper sat in with me on lap steel and guitar for part of the set (to see him in action, check out the video of Monotone on the Music page), Tailor Island made its live debut, Octoberman played a bunch of new songs, and I (hopefully) made a bunch of new friends. It was a lot of fun to play “Night-time,” too. Thanks to Marc for setting up the show, thanks to Ida for booking us, and most of all, thanks to Kris & Carrie for their hospitality.
Setlist: Every Time That I’ve Tried / Monotone / Kozy-Mo / True Currency / You Owe Me That / Jesus’ House / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / 22 Rose Petal Place / Starboard Meets the Sound
The O Lounge keeps getting cooler and cooler. This was probably my best solo show yet…lots of friends in the audience, great sound. It was very cool to see my friend Nathan Wade live for the first time (be careful, though—his guitar playing is so damn captivating that it’s bound to distract your attention from his carefully-considered songs), and my buddy Patrick (from Explone) was outstanding as always—a gentleman, scholar, and first-rate crafter-of-songs. Thanks to everyone who came, listened, and made it such a memorable show. (Special thanks to Bre from Daylight Basement for bringing her entourage!) Thanks to Joshua for making it all possible.
Setlist: Home Motel (Willie Nelson) / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / Starboard Meets the Sound / Monotone / You Owe Me That / Kozy-Mo / 22 Rose Petal Place / She’s a Mystery to Me (Roy Orbison) / True Currency / Every Time That I’ve Tried
Our CD Release party at the Mars Bar was, by all accounts, quite a success. Tons of support from the local music crowd—special thanks to David from Pedro the Lion, Drew & Angie from The Stares, Aaron & Josh from The Plains, all of the Swim Team, David from Cassandra Speaks, Dave from Ionesco, Fish from the Bourbonites, Mark from Amateur Radio Operator, Nathan Wade, and TM Anderson for being there. Also, thanks to all of our friends old and new who came and bought CDs. Octoberman brought the house down, and Robert Roth turned in a jaw-dropping set (replete with covers of “Killing Moon” and “Celluloid Heroes”). For those of you who missed it, he brought out the Wurlitzer! (We also got to hear about Goddess Kring.) To everyone who was came, bought, or played, thanks so much. Thanks to Matt from NadaMucho.com for setting up the show.
01.22.06 – Pig ‘n Whistle – 8412 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA (Lincoln solo)
Setlist: Starboard Meets the Sound / You Owe Me That / Every Time That I’ve Tried / Just Like a Woman (Dylan) / Second Chance (for a Third Square Meal) / True Currency / 22 Rose Petal Place / Kozy-Mo
Brief, very informal solo set at an employee party for the Outback Steakhouse at Lake Union. It was fun to play “Just Like a Woman”…not quite the triumphant return to the USA that I’d planned, thanks to the Candy Bar’s untimely closing the week prior, but a fun little show, and a chance to play to some new faces. Speaking of which…will the quiet gentleman that found me on MySpace and made his way out to this show please come forward? CDs will be available shortly, and I’d love to send you one.