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Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3653
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

I saw Merle and Kris last night at the Wells Fargo Arts Center, just north of Santa Rosa (10 minutes from Alembic). Great venue. We had 8th row center seats. Originally it was to be just the two of them on acoustic, but Merle apparently chickened out and brought the Strangers with him. Merle played acoustic as did Kris. The drummer played a snare only and with brushes. Merle's son on a Tele, an electric 5 string bass played by a guy who was the spitting image of a young Bob Dylan, another guy doubling on acoustic guitar and fiddle, and Merle's other son at the side of the stage running the teleprompter for Merle, rounded out the band. Kris played his stuff solo on acoustic and harmonica. By the second verse of most of Kris' songs, Merle and the Strangers picked it up and started playing quietly in the background. When they did a Merle song, the band played as Kris also played a little and threw in some harmonies. Merle was amazing. He said he had never done anything like this before and that he felt like an old stripper without her G-string. They played many classic tunes, I was especially impressed by Merle's guitar playing. I never realized what an accomplished picker he really is. Very tasty leads. A very intimate show with a lot of banter back and forth with the audience, including playing several shouted out requests. If you see them coming to a town near you, I'd highly recommend going.

Bill, tgo

(Message edited by lbpesq on April 02, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2222
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post

Great review Bill. I would've loved to see that show. I'm a long time Hag fan.
And he plays several other instruments as well as he does guitar, and he plays guitar REAL well.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7844
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the review Bill!
Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 1042
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

Thanks , for the report, Bill. I love it when you get people playing and singing like they are in someone's living room rather than on a polished tour.
Bill, any 54th BD shows you're going to?
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3667
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

No B-day shows planned, but it should be a good week. I'll spend my birthday eve rehearsing in the studio with my band "Stonetrout", the night after my B-day with my 14 year old at the A's Home Opening Night, and am one lead guitarist away from putting together an afternoon dead jam on Easter sunday. My next show is the Allman Brothers next month. Very much looking forward to that one.

Bill, tgo

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