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James Nash and The Nomads
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA

This was James Nash and The Nomads first show.The set list was a mixture of jazz and blues tunes (covers I assume) and some of James’s material. For me, the jazz material worked really well but the rest was hit or miss.

James Nash and The Nomads at The Sweetwater

James Nash and The Nomads at The Sweetwater

I was really looking forward to this line-up. I first learned of Scott Amendola when I went to see TJ Kirk in the mid-1990s. John R. Burr first blew my mind when I saw him with Allison Brown at MerleFest three or four years back and was amazed his mixture of jazz and bluegrass. James announced the next Nomads show will include John R. Burr again (yay!) and members of Tea Leaf Green (meh). I’ll probably go but I’m not too excited. I saw Tea Leaf Green at Hardly Strictly a couple years back and they stuck me just YAJB (jam band, not java bridge)…kinda like New Monsoon without Bo Carper.

There were far fewer people than I expected especially after the absolutely packed Waybacks shows two months (to the day) back. Hopefully James will keep it up and make it regular staple at the Sweetwater.

James Nash – Guitar, Vocals
John R. Burr – Keyboards
Dewayne Pate – Bass
Scott Amendola – drums


The BoDeans
The Independent, San Francisco, CA

I haven’t seen—or listened to much for that matter—The BoDeans  since I received some tapes during my trading binge after Jerry Garcia died. The main reason I went was to see Warren Hood of The Waybacks who is playing fiddle with them and I had a really good time. I recognized some of the material but most of it was new and quite enjoyable.

The BoDeans at The Independent

The BoDeans at The Independent

It was also my first time seeing a show at The Independent. It’s a nice, small club and I’d definitely go back but I don’t understand why people absolutely rave about it. Nice, but it’s not all that.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers opened up and after her horrible performance with Phil Lesh’s West Coast Ramble a week earlier it was great to see her have a good night. I’ve seen her join other bands but I’ve never seen her own band. I’m not sure I’d want to see a full show of their material but they were great as an opener.

Set List:
Texas Ride Song
All the World
Good Work
I’m on Fire
The Ballad of Jenny Rea
You Don’t Get Much
Good Things
Stay on

Still the Night
Closer to Free

Kurt Neumann – Guitar, vocals
Jake Owen  – Guitar
David Sierra – Bass
Michael Ramos – Keyboard, accordion
David Sierra – Drums
Warren Hood – Fiddle

The Waybacks’ Album Hour
MerleFest Day 3, Wilkesboro, NC

The Waybacks‘Album Hour is always the highlight of MerleFest and we usually head over to Hillside early to stake out space. This year the selection of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced didn’t disappoint; it was great to hear the cheer of the crowd at the first notes of Purple Haze.  The inclusion of “I Shall Be Released” lyrics in the middle of “The Wind Cries Mary” and “Rainy Day Women” in “Third Stone from the Sun” made for some nice variety.

The Waybacks’ Ablum Hour

The guests included: Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Susan Tedeschi, Sarah Dugas, Christian Dugas, John Cowan, Kym Warner, Jens Kruger, and probably a couple others that I forgot.

Other Day 3 acts that I saw:

  • Assembly of Dust – only caught a bit of them as their set was ending just as we arrived.
  • Wylie & the Wild West – Traditional country with a bit of a rock flavor.
  • Sarah & Christian Dugas – I first heard of her with The Duhks and I’ve always loved her voice so I was really looking forward to seeing her own band. It was, however, disappointing because the song writing was uninteresting. Hopefully it will get better; if not, I’ll always enjoy seeing her guest with other bands (like The Waybacks).
  • Jim Lauderdale Band – A true musician’s musician and always interesting to see if for nothing less than his attire. This year he wore a purple jump suit which we later learned was a perfect fit for The Waybacks’ Album Hour.
  • The Waybacks’ Album Hour – You are reading it.
  • Doc Watson – Always an inspiration to see; I just hope this wasn’t the last time I get to see him perform.
  • Punch Brothers – Ya, Chris Thile talented and all but the band was pretty uninspired. I’m not sure what all the excitement is about. Pass.
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band – After their KICK ASS performances with Sam Bush and Los Lobos on Friday night I was couldn’t wait to see them headline Saturday. Sadly, it wasn’t that good. Maybe it’s just that my expectations were so high but I suspect they are better as “sidemen” than the main act.
  • Midnight Jam hosted by Casey Driessen – This is his second year (in a row) hosting and while I love his fiddle playing with other bands I really hope he doesn’t host again. We used to stay out in Boone so staying for Midnight jam wasn’t feasible. Once we got a hotel in Wilkesboro we started attending and the first couple of years (James Nash, David Bromberg) were amazing; I loved the way the mixed up the players and orchestrated the entire night. Casey, while talented in his own right, didn’t seem to pay much attention to the band leader side of Midnight Jam and the evening suffered as a result…two years in row.

The Waybacks with Sarah Dugas 03/31/2012 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA Fun show while Sarah Dugas was in town rehearsing for Hillside Album Hour at MerleFest. Hmmm, I wonder what it will be.

The Waybacks at Freight and Salvage

The Waybacks with Sarah Dugas at Freight and Salvage

Line-up: James Nash – Guitar, vocals Warren Hood – Fiddle, vocals Joe Kyle Jr. – Bass Chuck Hamilton – Drums Sarah Dugas – Vocals

The Waybacks
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA

The Waybacks at Sweetwater Music Hall

The Waybacks at Sweetwater Music Hall

James Nash – Guitar, vocals
Warren Hood – Fiddle, vocals
Joe Kyle Jr. – Bass
Chuck Hamilton – Drums
Sarah Dugas – Vocals

The Wayback’s
MerleFest Day
Wilkesboro, NC

Joan Osborne performs with The Waybacks for the MerleFest Hillside Album Hour

Joan Osborne performs with The Waybacks for the MerleFest Hillside Album Hour. Click for more photos.

This year The Waybacks selected Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers Band. They were also joined by The Waylin’ Jennys.

Previous years have been: Led Zeppelin II, Sticky Fingers, and Abby Road.