Wednesday, May 2, 2012

JESS KLEIN at Threadgill's 4-18-12

Little late with this but not because I've forgotten about it.
This was the Austin CD Release show for Jess Klein's new record called "Behind A Veil."  It was a perfect evening to be sitting outside listening to her and the band play almost every song from the new cd.
I hadn't heard the songs with a band live.  Her solo shows the past year and a half, if not longer, have included all of the new material and you could tell it was gonna be a good, good album.  I swear to God, "Riverview," like "Shonalee" from years ago, should be known by everybody.  Damn shame commercial radio sucks.
Anyway, the concert was great.  They played about 90 minutes so the set hit all corners of her music.
I hadn't seen Jess in quite a while so I was unfamiliar with her new band other than the bass player, Mark Addison.  He also produced the album.  New to me is Billy Masters on lead guitar and the drummer, John Paul Keenon.  He is brand new!  Had only rehearsed with Jess the day before.  He did a fantastic job and it was great fun watching him watch Mark Addison for cues.  At any rate, some things never change.  Jess always sings and plays with tons of passion, the new songs are really good and so the show seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.
Opening for Jess was John Fullbright.  I've raved about him since the first time I ever saw him.  He has a debut studio cd coming out, I think, in the next week or so.  Seems like we've been waiting for it forever.  I know it's been at least 3 years since I first came across him.  He played about 45 minutes and we heard many of the songs that will be on the debut.  This guy is the real deal.  He also joined Jess for a couple of songs, playing piano and singing harmony.
Just a spectacular night of music we got from both.  Cover was $10 and that was a steal.
Here are links to a couple of videos. Jess does the title track here:
She ended the show with that and it was awesome!

Here is John doing "Gawd Above"

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