Monday, April 27, 2009

The Flatlanders @ Old Town School of Folk Music 4/25/09 Chicago, IL (Setlist)

Strange weather in Chicago on Saturday, 80º to 40º to 70º, sunny, windy, rainy, overcast all in one day...knowing the Flatlanders are in town I suspect they brought some of that Mystical West Texas Wind with them.

I'd been dying to see the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock) since I discovered Joe Ely about a year ago. In my discovery of him I stumbled upon a documentary about West Texas and Music. Check it out, Lubbock Lights (2003). Anyway thats the short story on how I got interested in the Flatlanders. The band recently released a new album, Hills and Valleys. Solid set, filled with new and old favorites, Joe Ely even played some of his own stuff like Dallas. A fun group to watch, Joe, Jimmy, and Butch all traded off taking the mic and fronting the band which offered a nice balance of pace and sound. For a group of old guys they rocked, playing till almost 1 am. They finished off the night with a Townes Van Zandt cover, 'White Freight Liner' it.

Oh and the opener, Jenny Scheinman, worked a little 'Mystery Train' in to her set...great song

Hopes Up High
Eggs of your Chicken
Wavin' My Heart Goodbye
Sew The Seed/All That You Need
Wheels of Fortune
Homeland Refugee
Borderless Love
After the Storm
Midnight Train
Thank God For The Road
No Way I'll Never Need You
Love's Own Chains
The Way We Are

•••Encore Break•••

Snowing on the Mountain
South Wind of Summer
Wishin' For A Rainbow
Keeper of the Mountain
Ride To Heaven Boy
White Freight-Liner

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