Like I said in the previous post, going into this show I didn't know too much about Simone Felice. I've got all the Felice Brothers albums he was involved in, but nothing from his time after that. Given that I was a bit uncertain about whether to go to this show, but the fact it was cheap and Josh Ritter was opening sold it for me. I'm glad I went.
For a start, Felice's solo (and the Duke and the King) material is great. Plus an artist of his stature doesn't usually have a band of this quality, simply because musicians as talented as these ones are usually snapped up by bigger (read higher paying) acts. But somehow he's got them.
Felice is also pretty engaging, talking to the crowd between most songs. Sometimes this can drag, but he managed to get the mix of earnestness and humour about right (ending the relatively serious introduction to You and I Belong with the MC5-esque 'hit it motherfuckers'. My only real complaint was that, while singalongs are great, they were a bit too concentrated in the encore. Moving one of those songs to mid-set would have helped things flow a bit better. It might not be so noticeable here because the set went for about 40 minutes longer than scheduled, which meant my recording ran out part way through the penultimate song. Normally I don't bother putting up incomplete recordings, but the quality of this set justifies it.
As regular readers will know, I've got a bit of a thing about talkative crowds, but (as for Josh Ritter) the crowd here were generally pretty good. The only other thing to note is that I've cut out a section after Union Street. Someone at the front collapsed and there was a bit of break while they made sure he was ok (credit to Simi Stone and Simone for jumping down to help him out).
New York Times
You and I Belong
Gimme All You Got
One More American Song
I Shall Be Released (with Josh Ritter)
Wish You Were Here
Helpless (with Josh Ritter on backing vocals)
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (with Josh Ritter) - not recorded