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Past Shows – 2011

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12.15.11Seattle Weekly presents AVA Live – w/ The Foghorns
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Undun (The Guess Who) / Amy / Skint City / Rosy Days / Last Christmas (Wham) / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson)

A bit of a weird one – playing a private party, outdoors, in December (albeit surrounded by some surprisingly-effective space heaters) – but ultimately in a good way. An open bar never hurts. Plus, the party was sponsored by the Seattle Weekly, and it was good to catch up with our friends in their employ. Thanks to the Weekly and all the kind folks at AVA Queen Anne (plus their sponsor, SOZO wine) for having us!

11.19.11The Benbow Room – 4210 Admiral Way SW, West Seattle, WA 98116 – w/ The First Times & Wiscon
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Amy / Rosy Days / Skint City / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Great to finally play this legendary West Seattle dive! Nick (booker/impresario) seems to have a real cool thing going over there. We’ve had more polished shows, that’s for sure, but still had ‘em dancing. The First Times are a fantastic band…seriously, one of my favorites in town right now. Lots of friends in attendance…drinks were had, and the late-night breakfast buffet was duly raided. Good times!

11.05.11Shadowland – 4458 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Lincoln solo w/ Nathan Wade

Setlist: Abracadabra (Steve Miller) / Grow Your Own / You’re Breakin’ My Heart (Harry Nilsson) / Poplar Bluff / Skint City / (set break) / Perfect Day (Lou Reed) / Rosy Days / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Novelty’s Gone

After the previous night’s exertion (see below), my vocal range was significantly diminished on Saturday morning, and despite my efforts to hydrate/rehabilitate, it wasn’t much better by showtime. Fortunately, I was sharing this show with my buddy Nathan Wade (also recovering from a recent bout of sickness, but further along than me), so I didn’t have to cover the entire 2 hours of music on my own. We decided to divide the night up into four 30-minute mini-sets, which made it even easier. After stumbling to open the night with an under-rehearsed version of Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra”, I regained composure and managed to make it through. I lowered the keys of a couple of tunes (“Poplar Bluff” and “Rosy Days”) and omitted a few others that were impossibly high. My version of Lou Reed’s immortal “Perfect Day” was probably helped by my condition, honestly! Still, always a good time to play Shadowland. Thanks to Ben and the gang for having us!

11.04.11Comet Tavern – 922 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122 – w/ Carolyn Mark, Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils, & Pipsisewah

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Amy / Skint City / Rosy Days / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Well, this could’ve been a lot worse. I came down with a wicked headcold/sore throat two days before this gig (the first of two, on consecutive nights), and I’d envisioned a nightmarish no-voice/no-energy scenario. That fear was compounded when I met up with Matt & Andy at the practice space and they, too, were ailing. Instead, we rallied (with the assistance of a couple of shots of Jagermeister) and turned in our best show in months. The crowd was a nice mix of friends and friendly strangers, and they were on our side right out of the gate. We played confidently loose and made light of our collective condition at every opportunity. Ms. Carolyn Mark and her crowd hooted and hollered, which made us feel nice. (Later in the night, Andy would sit in with Carolyn for a couple of songs, which was a real treat.) “Skint City” made its full-band debut, as did our cover of Joe Jackson’s “Kinda Kute.” Thanks to all who cheered us on…I needed that.

10.08.11Seattle Weekly’s REVERBfest at the Tractor Tavern – 5213 Ballard Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Showponies / Undun (The Guess Who) / Such an Easy Thing / Can’t Get There From Here (R.E.M.) / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

It was a bit early in the day for rocking, but REVERB is always a damn fine time…especially because it gives you a chance to see loads of local bands in one place (with free admission – and drinks! – for performers). Had a chance to catch up with some pals on the street and chat up some Weekly scribes in the VIP tent. Altogether a fine day!

09.15.11NEUMOS - 925 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122 - w/ The Moonspinners, The Quiet Ones, The Satellite 4

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Such an Easy Thing / Undun (The Guess Who) / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

The less said about this one, the better, I’m afraid. Good night musically. Dismal turnout. Pick yourself up and forge onward.

09.03.11Shadowland – 4458 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Lincoln solo

Setlist: Such an Easy Thing / 22 Rose Petal Place / Poplar Bluff / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Me Too / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Rosy Days / New Age (VU – featuring Kris Hooper on guitar) / Skint City / I Feel for You (Prince) / Fascinated / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / set break / Grow Your Own / Listen Up / You’re Breakin’ My Heart (Harry Nilsson) / Never My Love (The Association) / Starboard Meets the Sound / Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (The Smiths) / Showponies / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Bitter Bummer Blues / Undun (The Guess Who) / Bellar & Bawl / Take Care (Big Star)

Another great night at Shadowland! My good buddy Kris Hooper was down from Vancouver, so I couldn’t resist asking him to sit in on the Velvet Underground’s “New Age” – he played my Tele through the same amp! That was a first, but it sounded good. This show also marked the debut of a couple of my favorite cover songs – 10cc’s “I Hate to Eat Alone” and Nilsson’s immortal “You’re Breakin’ My Heart.” Expect those to feature heavily in future solo shows. A great night top to bottom. Thanks as always to Ben & co. at Shadowland for having me!

08.20.11Darrell’s Tavern – 18041 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133 – w/ The Sterling Loons & The Golden Motors

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Can’t Get There From Here (R.E.M.) / Such an Easy Thing / Amy / Undun (The Guess Who) / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Big sweaty fun at our favorite dive bar! We finally got to share a show with our buddies the Sterling Loons, who turned in a terrific set of ’60s psych-pop, and our Eugene pals the Golden Motors brought the post-punk jams. Small-ish, but very exciteable crowd…felt like a party! Thanks to all who attended!

07.28.11Shadowland – 4458 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Lincoln solo

Setlist: 22 Rose Petal Place / Poplar Bluff / Never My Love (The Association) / Me Too / Rosy Days / New Age (VU) / Bitter Bummer Blues / Undun (The Guess Who) / Fascinated / Listen Up / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / set break / Grow Your Own / True Currency / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Showponies / Starboard Meets the Sound / Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac) / Such an Easy Thing / Skint City / Take Care (Big Star) / I Feel for You (Prince) / Monotone / Bellar & Bawl

Another super-fun night at Shadowland, bolstered by sublime weather. I was originally supposed to play on Saturday night, but due to a scheduling mix-up, got moved to Thursday last-minute. I wasn’t sure what awaited me on a weeknight, but I shouldn’t have been worried. The crowd was at least as big as a typical Saturday, and twice as nice. At my buddy Dave’s urging, I encored with a spontaneous version of “Monotone,” an early RJM chesnut that I hadn’t played in years, literally…I’m amazed I could remember the lyrics! (Remembering the chords wasn’t nearly as difficult.) Other highlights included dusting off the Velvet Underground’s “New Age,” another number I played solo a bit when I first moved to town, and debuting the new song “Skint City,” after a lengthy introduction dotted with numerous references to “booger sugar.” It was also fun to play Todd Rundgren’s “You Left Me Sore,” a number I’ve wanted to cover for a while. Last but not least, I enjoyed some delicious tacos before AND after the show. Like I said, great night, and I can’t wait to be back!

07.17.11TriRock Seattle – Lake Sammamish State Park

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Amy / Such an Easy Thing / Showponies / Taxman (The Beatles) / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / Listen Up / Bellar + Bawl / Can’t Get There From Here (R.E.M.)

Another crazy early-morning gig (6am call time, 7am set!), this one following a late-night set by Stag the night before…when all was said and done, I’d been up for 24 hours (11am Saturday to 11am Sunday), but I held up surprisingly well, considering the circumstances! This time around, we were providing the soundtrack to the swim-to-bike changeover portion of a triathlon…super-weird, I know. Even weirder, they’d positioned the stage directly next to the medic tent, so our set was interrupted at one point for a 911 call! We made it through, though (and hopefully the triathlete did as well). It’s always fun to play, though, and it’s even more fun when you’re paid to do it. Thanks to One Reel for inviting us!

07.08.11West Seattle Summerfest – w/ Stag, The Fastbacks, and many more!

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Undun (The Guess Who) / Amy / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Can’t Get There From Here (R.E.M.) / Bellar + Bawl

So fun to finally play West Seattle’s annual street fair, with back-to-back sets by RJM and Stag, on the same stage! I might’ve gotten a little “PG-13? with some of the between-song banter, but hopefully I didn’t offend anyone too badly. The audience was substantial for the day/time (2pm on a Friday, when most of us working stiffs are still glued to the computer) and very kind. Musically, I thought it was fantastic – we busted out a version of R.E.M.’s “Can’t Get There From Here” that went over quite well, and the originals, particularly set-closing barnburner “Bellar + Bawl,” were a big hit. Thanks to all who cut out of work early to attend!

06.25.11Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon – Mount Baker Park North stage

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Amy / Such an Easy Thing / Showponies / Taxman (The Beatles) / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / Listen Up / Bellar + Bawl / Can’t Get There From Here (R.E.M.)

A weird gig in many ways – 5:30am load-in time (really!), outdoor stage, continually-revolving audience, etc. – but still, lots of fun. Basically, bands set up and play at every mile along the marathon course, and runners (and spectators) get to enjoy the music. We lucked out with the location of our stage – Mount Baker Park North, right across the street from beautiful Lake Washington – and the weather wasn’t bad, either. Could’ve been sunnier, but I can’t complain. Our 9:30am set time gave us plenty of time to eat/wake up after the 5:30am load-in, so that was nice, too. Gotta love paid practice, even in the morning! Thanks to One Reel for having us.

06.18.11Comet Tavern – 922 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122 – w/ Sons of Mothers & Transient Songs

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Such an Easy Thing / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / Listen Up / Bellar + Bawl

Fantastic show! The Comet, while undeniably ‘authentic’ (ahem), can be a little dicey…but this show was an example of how good it can be in the summertime, when folks are out and about on Capitol Hill (though it was unseasonably cool, to our collective chagrin). Unfortunately, our Portland pals Ravishers had to drop off the bill last-minute, due to a scary home invasion incident, but we soldiered on with the three-band bill and had a fine time. Our latest cover, the Guess Who’s “Undun,” went over swimmingly, and we kicked out the three-piece jams with ferocity. My mother-in-law, on a layover en route to Alaska, even made it out! Thanks to Michelle & the Comet for having us.

06.13.11The White Eagle Saloon – 836 N. Russell St., Portland, OR 97227 – w/ Chris Robley & the Fear of HeightsLincoln solo

Setlist: It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Bitter Bummer Blues / Me Too / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Fascinated / Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (The Smiths) / Listen Up

A nice, low-key evening at North Portland’s historic McMenamin’s joint, the White Eagle, and a fine excuse for a sunny little roadtrip with my lady. Mr. Robley & co. let me join them onstage for a rendition of McCartney’s “Junk,” and I played a short solo electric set with some new songs and choice covers. Thanks to Chris and our billmate Nick Peets for having me down!

05.21.11Shadowland – 4458 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Lincoln solo, with Dave Pomerantz on keys for second set

Setlist: It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Bitter Bummer Blues / Me Too / Showponies / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / I Feel For You (Prince) / Heaven Knows It’s Miserable Now (Smiths) / Such an Easy Thing / Fascinated / Starboard Meets the Sound / Undun (The Guess Who) / set break / Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Listen Up / True Currency / Rosy Days / Nighttime (Big Star) / Watching the Wheels (John Lennon) / Bellar & Bawl

Great to be back at Shadowland for the first time since last fall (pre-sinus surgery). I chose to go electric this time, which was a good choice, I think—dark and vibey, to match the space and the drizzly night. Best of all, my friend Dave Pomerantz agreed to join me on keys for the second set, which consisted mainly of new songs (currently in the band set) and a few choice covers – Elvis Costello, Big Star, and Lennon – that we both love. For the first (solo) set, I dusted off a few I hadn’t played in a while – “Fascinated,” “Starboard Meets the Sound” – and added in a handful of fun new covers, including Prince’s “I Feel For You” (made more famous by Ms. Chaka Khan) and the Smiths’ “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.” Despite a raging Stag set the night before (and the debauchery that typically goes along), my voice felt great and the positive vibes were plentiful. Can’t wait to play Shadowland again.

05.14.11Backspace – 115 NW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 – w/ Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights & Michael Sheridan of National Flower

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Taxman (Beatles) / True Currency / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Backspace is a huge, high-ceilinged all-ages venue in downtown Portland, right on the edge of the Pearl District. Beautiful space, really, and an interesting vibe. Crowd could’ve been better, to be sure, but from what I understand, we were up against a few big shows around town. Still, it was a good time, and we played well. This show was particularly notable because our good buddy Dave Pomerantz joined us on keys, which was a total blast. And as usual, our friends in Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights tore the roof off the sucker…great band and real nice chaps. See you next time, PDX!

04.16.11 – STAG’s Rock & Roll Circus @ Darrell’s Tavern – 18041 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133 – w/ Stag, Shelby Earl, Tom Price Desert Classic, Thee Sgt Major III

Setlist: Taxman (Beatles) / Grown Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / True Currency / Rosy Days / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Big fun at Darrell’s! My other band, Stag, has been hosting a quarterly ‘rock & roll circus’ revue at this Shoreline dive bar for the last 9 months, and it’s been a blast, so it was nice to get Red Jacket Mine in on the action – particularly with our new, energized repertoire. We kicked off the proceedings with a version of “Taxman,” in honor of Tax Day, and concluded the set with brand-new scorcher “Bellar & Bawl,” which went over quite well. Loose, loud, and super fun – thanks to all who attended, and special thanks to Scott Walker for his always-stellar sound work (and kindness)!

04.08.11 – Seattle 4 Japan Benefit @ Chop Suey – 1325 E. Madison, Seattle, WA 98122 – w/ Grand Hallway, The First Times, Joshua Morrison, Like Lightning, and more

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Bad Love (Ionesco) / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / Bellar & Bawl

Despite a late-night drive back from Portland the night before, when I was asked to play this benefit for earthquake & tsunami victims in Japan, I felt like I couldn’t say no. The whole deal got sweeter when my good buddy Dave Pomerantz arrived back in town, after a couple years’ stay in Denver. He agreed to join me on piano for the gig (and contribute one of his brilliant compositions, “Bad Love”) and we were in business. Attendance was a bit lighter than I’d hoped, but we still had a great time, debuting a brand-new tune (”Bellar & Bawl”) and kicking out the jams, duo-style.

04.07.11Doug Fir Lounge – 830 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214 – w/ Ravishers (CD release!) & Derby

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Amy / True Currency / Showponies / Rosy Days / Listen Up

Ah, great to be back at the Doug Fir, one of our favorite clubs. It’d been far too long since we’d played Portland, but this show was worth the wait. Our new friends in Ravishers were celebrating their new release, and pulled out all the stops, with special guests galore. I’d followed our billmates Derby from afar for some time — believe it or not, they’ve been at it even longer than us — and they didn’t disappoint. (Their set included a spot-on cover of Lenny Kravitz’ “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” for chrissakes!) We rocked it power-trio style and made a lot of new friends, and as Matthew retired to his parents’ home (he’s a Portland native), Andy and I set off into the night. Well worth it!

03.29.11The Crocodile – 2200 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 – w/ Liam Finn & The Luyas

Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Rosy Days / True Currency / Showponies / The Pose / Such an Easy Thing / Listen Up / Never Found a Girl (Al Green)

Super fun show, in spite of a compromised soundcheck, *very* limited stage space, and an early start. You never know quite what you’re going to get with these opening slots…by definition, you’re there to support the headliner, so you take the circumstances you’re given and make the best of them…which I think we did! Made a lot of new friends and built up quite a head of steam as the crowd filled in, ending our set with the one-two soul punch of “Listen Up” and our verison of Al Green’s “Never Found a Girl,” highlighted by the dazzling B3 playing of our special guest Jeff Conlin. Quebecois rockers The Luyas were very friendly, and their sound reminded me very much the Cocteau Twins. (Can’t remember the last time I said that!) Liam and his band were borderline-manic and highly enjoyable…altogether a fine evening! Thanks for joining us.

03.13.11High Dive – 513 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103 – w/ Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights (PDX) & Nathan Wade and the Dark Pioneers
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Amy / Rosy Days / True Currency / Showponies / Liar’s Dice / Listen Up

Fun show, marred by dismal weather and matching attendance. Still, our buddies in Nathan Wade & the Dark Pioneers and Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights both turned in terrific sets, jammed with stellar new tunes. We debuted a couple new ones (”Amy” and “Liar’s Dice”), as well, in a stark, three-piece setting. Onward!

02.04.11Tractor Tavern – 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ Apex Manor & Spanish for 100
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Showponies / Listen Up (If the World is Going to Hell) / I’ve Never Found a Girl (Al Green/Eddie Floyd) / Rosy Days / Such an Easy Thing / The Pose (w/ Patrick Porter on guitar) / Cinnamon Girl (w/ Patrick Porter)

Damn, it felt great to be back on stage again…and at the Tractor, no less! After a five-month absence that included surgery, lineup changes, and lots of songwriting, we were all itching to shake off the cobwebs and debut some new material. Our buddy Jeff Conlin of The Satellite 4 was kind enough to join us on keyboards, an integral part of the new RJM sound, and we burned through four new originals and an inspired reading of Al Green’s “I’ve Never Found a Girl,” plus a couple of oldies from Lovers Lookout.

This night was also special because it marked the last appearance of our buddy Patrick Porter on electric guitar. After nearly five years in the band, he’s leaving to focus on his own band (Explone), and it was great to have him join us for one last ride. We joyfully tore through “The Pose” and Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” and called it the end of an era – and the beginning of a new one. My right hand was bleeding like a stuck hog by the end of the set, but boy, was it worth it.

The Apex Manor guys played a rip-roaring set that included a raging cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire.” Really nice dudes and a genuinely great band – hope we can share another show sometime.