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Bergenfest: Justin Townes Earle concert

BandJustin Townes Earle
When - WhereSaturday - June 23, 20:00 - Magic Mirrors
Concert reviewThis time someone had opened up several windows @ Magic Mirrors tent & temperature was way better.. The soundcheck ended with "Memphis in the rain" - and we knew something great was brewing. He kicked off with two songs playing solo.. what a great guitar player he is. "They Killed John Henry" was dedicated to his Grandfather & "Wandering'" was dedicated to his greatest hero: Woody Guthrie. Always a pleasure to hear JTE telling short stories about his views on life in between the songs... always starting with "Now, Ladies & Gentlemen...." In his intro to song number 6 he made a strong statement about that the fall of "The Nashville Country scene" was related to "They lost their connection to the blues". We @ JV could not agree more! Then he continued: "Here's to putting the blues back into Country".. and delivered an asskicking version of "Ain't Glad I'm Leavin'". The show had now picked up a great momentum.. on he went along performing one strong performance after the other.. introducing song number 10: "This is a bit serious... Here's to figuring out that you can't run away from you're troubles" - an intense and beautiful version of "Am I that Lonely Tonight?" followed... The best song so far.. He could surely NOT top this?.. or could he? We got a brilliant Lightning' Hopkins cover, and.. introducing song 14 he said "My Mama is My Hero.. and now she's growing very old..and visiting church way too often" Then came what might be the single best song performance @ Bergenfest this year, a heavenly version of "Mama's Eyes". Amazing. The Show closed with a Replecaments cover - "Can't hardly Wait", solid stuff.. but we were still numbed by "Mama's Eyes". Another candidate for "Best concert @ Bergenfest 2012" came to an end.
Setlist1. They Killed John Henry 2. Wanderin' 3. Memphis In The Rain 4. Look The Other Way 5. One More Night In Brooklyn 6. Ain't Glad I'm Leaving 7. Rodgers Park 8. Maria 9. Ain't Waitin' 10. Am I that Lonely Tonight? 11. My starter won't start this morning (Lightnin' Hopkins cover) 12. Nothing Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now 13. Christchurch Woman 14. Mama's Eyes 15. Can't Hardly Wait (The Replacements cover)
Best songs performedMama's Eyes, Am I that Lonely Tonight?, My starter won't start this morning (Lightnin' Hopkins cover) & Look The Other Way
Overall 6/6

Here’s great short concert “Live on KEXP”

His latest album:

Other posts about Justin Townes Earle at JV

-Egil & Hallgeir

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