Giu 26 2011, 17:50
Saw only a little of David Lindley's set. Liked what I saw. He was shooed off before starting what he thought was his last number, and the management was booed for that.
Lucinda Williams was pretty good. She had a hot guitar player—Blake Mills, if I'm remembering right—and a solid rhythm section behind her. The jams were really good. Something about her songwriting has been lacking since Car Wheels—which is a long time. Many of the songs were downtempo, and she's mostly pretty low-key, so the singing parts weren't as consistently exciting as I would like. She seemed to be in good spirits, a lot of smiling and dancing. She only played guitar on a few numbers.
This is the first time I've been to the Mountain Winery since they renovated. The venue itself is pretty nice, with good sound, but it has lost the rustic vibe of years past. The management is determined to make its customers pay, and pay, and pay for the privilege of their fancy architecture. Minimal food and drink, plus parking, ran $70. (If we'd eaten at an on-site restaurant, that would have at least doubled.) I guess it's not out of line with what gets charged at arenas, but it stuck in my craw anyway.
The show was not sold out and even the seats up front were not completely filled.