Back to the gig… I was up first and I had a pretty good set in spite of a couple of technical glitches. I was told after the show that my set organization has improved tremendously and it is becoming a more dynamic set. This makes me happy because this is something I had purposely set out to accomplish. I opened with Snowy Mountain and finished with Sin Again, and I think both worked brilliantly. The way I inserted my more up-tempo songs also worked well. I will keep improving upon this in my two gigs coming up this weekend.The second band, Super Mega Everything, played a solid set of hard rocking numbers. As I told the guitarist at the end of their set, I paid them the highest compliment I can pay a hard rock band: they were tight as brothers. After them came The Losing Kind, a straight p punk rock band from Vacaville, CA. As could be expected, they brought the energy and the attitude. I personally liked them a whole bunch, but I think they were a little much for some in the audience.
The show was headlined by the Cash Cartell who is my new favorite local band. They are a roots based rock band in the best way possible. They have a seasoned sound that is young enough to keep its energy and urgency, but exuding confidence and proficiency. Each member of the quintet fulfills their role completely and never gets in the way of the other musicians in the band. The harmonica player adds a fantastic dimension to the band that, combined with the rhythm section, often left me envious and wanting to put a band together. And the front man, Chuck Schubert, has attitude, swagger, chops (both singing and playing guitar), and also happens to be a kind and generous soul. Chuck shares guitar duties with a second guitarist and they trade licks, leads and rhythm effortlessly and seamlessly. The songwriting is first rate and the showmanship… well let’s just say I was never compelled to go outside for fresh air. Chuck and I exchanged pleasantries at the end of the show and he opened the door to doing some collaboration as he also dug my set. I really hope we follow up on that as the possibilities are very cool.Peace out Boneheads!