A great show - reviewed song by song. if I were to roll the dice I'd say 5 out of 6.
1 Right Now
Typical MK-sound, although EH did most of the vocal job. The sound of MKs voice was a bit too distant. All in all an OK opener, although not among the most impressive songs from the album
2 Red Staggerwing
The band played well on this swinging song. Both vocals drowned a bit in the other sounds. Again OK – but this sounded better on the album
EH solo – singing and playing guitar. MK picking on an acoustic guitar in the background. A beautiful ballad from her ”Red Dirt Girl”-album. Not really my pick from that album, but it was chosen for her ”best of”-CD last year, so it wasn’t surprising to find it in the set.
4 I Dug Up A Diamond
Sounded very good – both voices were clear. The quality of the show was starting to take off.
5 Born To Run
The only song in the set not written by neither MK or EH. Emmylou told the audience that this was written by her and Marks common friend, Paul Kennerley, and added that he was the one who introduced the two. The song first appeared on her 81-album Cimarron, and she was as far as I know even married to Kennerley for a few years.
Now, to the music. This sounded great. EH played the main part, but even MK joined in with vocals. The twangy lead guitar was actually handled by Richard Bennett, brilliantly.
6 Red Dirt Girl
EH solo again. Now, this song WOULD BE my pick from the album of the same name, and this version showed why. Excellent!
On the side: EH told us that the story was fictional about a girl from Alabama. EH was born in Birmingham, Alabama herself, ”although not with a banjo on my knee” she added. The joke relateds to Stephen Fosters song ”Oh Susannah”, where the chorus is ” Oh, Susanna, Oh don't you cry for me, For I come from Alabama With my banjo on my knee”
7 Done with Bonaparte
MK became the most central figure for a few songs, although EH also sung a bit on this song. Great version, and MKs voice was loud and clear. Not a very typical MK-song I believe, but a very good one.
8 Romeo and Juliet
MK solo. ”Making Movies” was one of the first cassettes I owned, I was almost 10 years old on its release in 1980, and this song was an instant favorite. This version explained why. Excellent
9 Song For Sonny Liston
MK solo again. A wonderfully told story about a boxer – sounded very good.
10 Belle Starr
EH returned to the spotlight for another duet. One of two from their common album written by her, and the only one of those played here. Very good.
11 All That Matters
Another duet on a song from MKs last solo-album "Shangri La". ”Now it sounds even better ’cause Emmy sings on it”, he said – and we understood why. This song is a simple ”lullaby”-kind of song, but was very beautiful tonight
12 Donkey Town
13 This is us
Great – versions similar to those on the album
14 Boulder to Birmingham
EH solo again for a song. The oldest song in the set, actually. It was originally on her major-label solo debut from 1975. This was written about the loss of her mentor Gram Parsons, who died dramatically aged 27 in 1973 – and is an achingly beautiful ballad.
Since I mentioned Parsons, if any of you have not heard their due ton ”Love Hurts” – go get it. It is available on her latest ”best of”-album as well as on Parsons ”Grievous Angel”
15 All the Road Running
Excellent – the title track is one of my favourites from tha album
16 Speedway at Nazareth
Mainly MK solo, but EH contributed backing vocals. Nice – one of my favourite songs from MKs post-DS-career
The band left and we clapped and shouyed - eager for more...
17 If This Is Goodbye
A very beatiful song - I expekt MK wrote it in his sleep - it reminds me of several other of his ballads
18 So Far Away
Nice again. Mainly MK, but EH also did some singing on this DS-tune.
19 Our Shangri-La
Beatiful duet version of this song from the album of nearly the same name. Again it proves thqat MK-penned ballads are well suited for EHs voice.
The band left stage again - parts of the audience started to leave too, but I had read rumours about "Why Worry"
20 Why Worry
The two stars return for their final number - without the rest of the band.
A truly magical moment. The song from "Brothers In Arms" sounds like it was written for Emmylou Harris. MKs singing is great as well