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Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis

8 August 2004 2,747 views No Comment

This from Jay Krasnow
Fine Line Music Cafe, faithfully restored from fire about one year ago. 

Chris Thile really stole this show, proving that a mandolin virtuoso needn’t be sedentary but can jump and rock out bugeyed all over the Persian rug and tile stage and still slip in a Bach prelude!
Other highlights included four-part harmony on ‘Anthony’ rallying round the kewpie fiddlist’s uke; the stompin ‘Gallows Pole’ (one of three encores, Pete Thomas really shining on this one); a music hall shuffle; a funky ‘Taxman’ cover; a most affecting Elliot Smith tribute/cover; three-part vocal harmonies b/t Glen, Chris, and the guitarist that were as heavenly as early CSN; Glen’s plain, strong singing, more rooted than the Toad arrangements; and respectful nods to two of Minnesota’s premier singer/songwriters: Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ as part of a furious two-step medley, and Trip Shakespeare’s Dan Wilson supporting onstage for a couple of tunes, including the accurate refrain ‘Sweet’.
If anything, JPJ’s basswork was much more relaxed than usual, at worst lagging a bit possibly due to a week layoff prior to second leg of this mini-tour; but at best kicking the Appalachian groove into high gear via many Memphis Shoals and Motown runs; and of course his instrumental ‘Going to California’ showcases his own mandolin achievement which rivals Thile for dynamism if not exhibitionism.
A perfect instrumental setting and context–jug bands are too thin by comparison, other mountain music is too tied to religious ideology or revisionism as part of the bargain. Now if only Garrison Keillor were to book them on ‘Prairie Home Companion’…

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