Beacon - Friday 3/30
A lot has been said on the boards about this show. This is my take. The first set had a very traditional set list to start; Don't Keep Me Wondering, Trouble No More, AWTNM, Hot Lanta. It seemed like a very traditional evening was in store. Gregg's voice was strong, Derek was on fire. Warren, however, was playing some good stuff, but kept disappearing (due to illness as has been documented elsewhere.) Susan T. came out for an incredible Loving You Is Sweeter followed by a Scorching Lost Lover Blues. She was on fire, and Derek kept climbing higher to keep up with her. The set closed as traditionally as it started, with Statesboro and Les Bres. Eric Crasno sat in on the finale, had some nice licks, but seemed a bit out of synch and overmatched. A lot of solid uptempo blues all in all.
The second set also started out with the expected. Midnight Rider and You Don't Love me with Devon as a guest. Like Krasno some nice stuff, but not quite up to the level of the regulars. Junior Mac blew the house down on Key To The Highway; very strong stuff. Dreams was also great, without many surprises. Derek continued to scortch throughout the night, Warren could put a short burst together but lacked finishing power.
Susan T. was great on The Weight, but it probably ran on too long. Based on the set list so far I was real surprised to hear Mountain Jam, but it wasn't of the cosmic jam variety but more uptempo. The morph into Turn On Your Love Light was a pleasant surprise. Krasno tried to keep up, but no one could keep up with Derek tonight.
Based on the set to date, I fully expected a close of Nobody Left to Run With Anymore. Anyway was great, but this was the first time I ever felt that there was too much Susan T. for the evening.
All in all a great show. Lots of uptempo blues which I love. Yes, Warren was out of sorts, but it opened up a chance for Mr. and Mrs. Trucks to play better than I've ever heard them. Except for 3/24 I can't think of a set list I'd rather have heard.
Added: Sunday, April 01, 2007
Reviewer: Ed Riegel