Monday, June 28, 2010

BEN MALLOTT at Wyldwood House Concerts 6-26-10

Hadn't seen Ben in quite a while.  This was a good time to see him as Wyldwood is a very cool place for live music.
Ben played 2 one hour sets.  Had a full band.  It was a great show!
He did a bunch from his fantastic "Look Good, Feel Good" record along with some new stuff and some cool covers.  Noelle Hampton sat in with him on several songs playing harmonica and/or harmonizing.  She has a great voice and the harmonica was really killer on his songs.
My favorite song off his record is "Midnight and Broke Down."  This was the first time I got to hear it live so that was a real treat for me.  We also got "Shotgun Suzy" and "Heartbreaks," both songs that have received airplay here in Austin.
If you don't have that record, you should check it out.  Very good, from beginning to end:

As I mentioned, he did some fun covers that ranged from the Rolling Stones "Dead Flowers" to Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" to "Long Black Veil," Johnny Cash style, along with some Townes Van Zandt and Tom Waites.
Also cool, the opening act was Margo Valiante.  We hadn't heard her before and thought she was great! Fortunately, she lives in Austin so we will definitely be looking out for some local shows to go see her at.
This was a $10 cover.  I think most of their shows are $10.  A real bargain.
One of the covers he did, I got a pretty good video of.  Tex-Mex Mile, a fun little country rocker by The Gourds:

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