The big surprise when we got to Table 73 was that Star (and new husband) was there, an old friend from a couple of jobs ago. Our table soon filled up but in all the room was just a little over half full.
Caleb Caudle opened with an absolutely incredible guitar, an old Gibson hollow-body walnut electric. It sounded amazing and his voice complimented it as well. His songs had some great, mellow hooks in them and he was way above average for an opening act on a slow Sunday. He did mostly originals but included a Leon Russell cover and commented that “Liz” had told him that if he just went all white at once he’d look exactly like Leon Russell. Couldn’t get that image out of my mind, she was right!
Then “Liz” came on, on the arm of her guitar tech, probably so she wouldn’t trip over all the wires in the dark, and wearing a rabbit-fur coat and studded pink boots. She opened with the chestnut, Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You, and did songs from all over the “Americana” portion of her career.
El Camino wasn’t rocking like it did when she did it electric, but she did a great Rock and Roll Man solo acoustic, and covered a number of songs from Welder and Exodus Of Venus. She also did a bunch she hadn’t recorded yet and was working out on us, a couple of them still needing some work and a couple just about done. She says she’s going into the studio soon and from the sound of these new songs, I’m going to like the record.
It was a short set of short songs on a Sunday, but her wise-cracking and her stories were as good as ever. One of her new songs (Half Hanged Mary) may have some accuracy (it came from a Margaret Atwood poem) but she accompanies it with much nonsense (“Imagine having a Daddy named Increase … sounds like an asshole”). And it appears her Mommy and Daddy used to play in a band with Florida Man!
One of her best lines was (r.e. her and Todd Snider), “We did *not* puke in the garbage cans!” And she encored with Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be a Woman and then was off to her next gig. She’s an excellent songwriter and performer, and I hope she’s still got a long career in front of her.