Mountain Xpress is a great source of information about which musical acts are hitting local stages, and the coverage is generally good and accurate. But you guys missed something, and I'm selfishly thankful.
Jordan Lawrence did do a nice full-page narrative about a band that's been covering Grateful Dead tunes for 15 years [“Gratefully Undead,” Aug. 1 Xpress]. There was only a time/date/venue listing in Clubland for my guy, though.
A little Nashville singer-songwriter named Will Hoge played the Grey Eagle on Aug. 2, and it was a wonderfully intimate show — maybe 50 true fans quietly taking in Hoge's songs and stories. For his final number, the band stepped off the stage and did an acoustic rendering of a little ditty that recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart. That's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," which Eli Young has made a staple of country radio lately.
People learn to love what they hear, and if you'd publicized to the local unwashed that this huge hit was written and recorded first by Will Hoge, my date and I wouldn't have been able to hear the subtleties of the performance, let alone stand four feet from the maestro, singing along like we were in a living room at a friend's house.
— Norman Plombe