Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

David Bromberg Quartet
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

David Bromberg doesn’t tour very often so I was excited to see him come through for two nights at F&S. He had lost his voice so the vocals were a bit ragged but it was still a fun show.

David Bromberg Quartetat Freight & Salvage

For the last couple songs he was joined by Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman who opened for him and Bill Evans on Banjo.


  • David Bromberg – Guitar
  • Mark Cosgrove – Guitar
  • Butch Amiot – Bass
  • Nate Grower – Fiddle

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
Freight and Salvage

Lots of stories. Lots and lots of stories. He talked about playing a Woody Guthrie song for Onassis on his yacht, Jack Kerouac reading him On The Road when no one would publish it, and going on what would be Woody’s final big road trip.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot at Freight & Salvage

Ramblin’ Jack Elliot at Freight & Salvage

He also mentioned that he had one more show coming up in January in San Francisco and after that he was going to “retire.” I don’t know if that was a figure of speech or not but following my “Johnny Cash Rule”, I’m glad I got to see him again.

Even though he only played five short songs in the first set, it ran over an hour with all the stories. I don’t know what, if anything, he played for an encore as I left a bit early. I usually take BART to F&S and the second set ended about three minutes before a train and I decided hearing the encore wasn’t worth waiting 20 minutes for the next train so I made a mad dash for the station.

Set List:
San Francisco Bay Blues
The Cuckoo
Engine 143
Talking Dust Bowl Blues (false start)
Talking sailor
Rake and the Rambling Boy

Diamond Joe
Arthritis Blues
Don’t Think Twice
I’ll be Your Baby Tonight



David Berkeley opened.

Leftover Salmon
Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV

This is the first time I’ve seen them since the mid-nineties. Just as much fun as I remember.

Leftover Salmon at Crystal Bay Casino

Leftover Salmon at Crystal Bay Casino

Vince Herman – Guitar
Drew Emmitt – Mandolin, Fiddle
Andy Thorn– Banjo
Greg Garrison – Bass
Jose Martinez – Drums

“Bon Temps Rouler”
David Lindley
Redwood Mountain Faire, Felton, CA

David Lindley was the headliner at Redwood Mountain Faire but only played a short set, barely an hour. They were running late so maybe that had some impact but I doubt they had hard stop because he ended well before sunset.

David Lindley at Redwood Mountain Faire

David Lindley at Redwood Mountain Faire

I didn’t keep a set list and now that it’s been a week I’ve forgotten a good part of what he played

Set List (as much as I remember):
Poor Old Dirt Farmer
Well Well Well (with his standard rant about Claremont water district)
El Ray-X song that I don’t the name of
Bouzouki Instrumental
Pretty Girl Rule the World
Revenge Will Come (at least I think he played it)
Bon Temps Rouler

I missed most of the other acts that day but I did saw Sista Monica who I had not heard of before but I enjoyed her set. Sorta gospel meets blues.

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 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