by Tiana Feng
Last night, the Horseshoe celebrated the release of New Country Rehab’s latest album “Ghost of Your Charms”, which I reviewed here. Opening up the night was The Weather Station and The Wooden Sky.
Tamara Lindeman aka The Weather Station started the night off with gentle quiet tunes that was a bit offset by the noisy atmosphere of The Horseshoe. Some woman’s phone rang for like a minute and I could sense Lindeman’s irritation. She was joined mid-set by Ivy Mairi as well as another person whom I can’t remember. During the audience’s more attentive moments, Lindeman’s voice really was sublime.
The night’s bill actually said Gavin Gardiner from the Wooden Sky, but in actuality the whole band was there minus any string section. They tested out some new tunes that proved to be a hit with the audience.
The majority of New Country Rehab‘s setlist was of course devoted to the newly released “Ghost of Your Charms”. And charming they were. John Showman brooded on vocals as he bowed and plucked the violin. James Robertson was quick with the guitar licks. Roman Tome kept solid foot-stomping rhythms. Last but not least Ben Whiteley played his full-size upright bass like a rock star, spinning it and occasionally wielding it over his head. After the band played through their new record and they showed off some oldies from their self-titled including “Cameo”, “The Last Hand” and “State Trooper.” The fans demanded encores and they were delivered in the form of Hank Williams covers.
New Country Rehab- Luxury Motel
by Tiana Feng