Originally Posted by Jim Schue
Love that tune. The lead off track on Trace "Windfall" is another gem and the part where he says:
Switching it over to AM
Searching for a truer sound
Can't recall the call letters
Steel guitar and settle down
Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven
Stands as one of my all time favorite lyrics where it just wonderfully paints a feeling.
It's been forever since I've spinned the 2nd release "Straightaways", and I'm interested in how I'd view it now. In the past I too often wanted sophomore efforts to be a repeat of 1st release greatness where sometimes it's hard to live up to that. With all these years past I'll probably be able to now listen without comparing them and let it stand on its own.
Curious which two shows you and I both attended:
For me nothing lived up to the Top Cats show as you could tell that they were excited to share their sound, and the audience was digging it.
At Riverbend the Mellencamp audience just wouldn't settle in to give them a fair listen which pretty much ruined the vibe. It was mainstream meets alt-country and we all know that the mainstream isn't too keen to expand their taste with something that hadn't been anointed by corporate radio... and their delivery was just off and dragging at the Bogarts show like they were either tired of touring, or maybe just burnt out and bored playing the same material night after night.