Archive for June, 2011

Butch Hancock
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, CA

I decided at the last-minute to go see Butch Hancock at Freight and Salvage and I’m glad I did. I know him mainly from The Flatlanders and I’ve never seen him solo before. He played mostly his own song which draws attention to exactly how craft and witty is wordplay is.

Butch Hancock at Freight & Salvage

Butch Hancock at Freight & Salvage

He is known for his storytelling and he took lengthy breaks between songs to talk about everything from the trip out the show to the source of songs to where he parked his car. At one point he told a story about a how that Jimmie Dale Gilmore tried to appropriate “Once followed by the Wind” from him because Butch wrote it after dreaming the he heard Jimmie Dale singing it in a dream. He played about 2:30 with a 20 minute or so break.

Set List:

Aborted instrumental (Said it didn’t sound right)
Circle in the sand
If You Were a Bluebird
Roadmap for the Blues
Split and Slide, Part 1
If I had no place to fall
Time is a Train

Gemme a Ride To Heaven, Boy
One Good Time
“Owl Haiku”
Danglin’ Diamond
Naked Light of Day
What a world this mess is in
Once followed by the Wind (dream)
West Texas Waltz

Snowing On Raton


The Knitters
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

The Knitters at Great American Music Hall