|Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2002 - 10:39 pm: |
All I can Say is "WOW!!" If there was any question about GL's "live" chops, the BL shows on Friday, 6.21.02, answered it decisively and finally: they are one helluva live band. The take away, Nutshell EP, electric blue and complete with new GL logo, is a tremendous set of songs that includes live cuts of "NRIYB", "Phantom Lover", "LF/LB", and a (newer?) raunchier version of "BI/BO" mixed by Rob Killenberger, and, finally, "Weight of the World" from "Little Light."
Folks, this just keeps gettin better and better. The music, the words, the band all moving onward and upward, changing, growing, making the most of every minute. It's been, and continues to be, a glorious struggle, but not without its rewards. This EP is one of them.
A live version of "NRIYB" starts things off (this is the same version as the one on the one song "sampler" that was out before). Brendan's controlled vocal and Val's studied Viper intro and accompaniement make this a really cool version of this live favorite. Val's crunching countoff of "1-2-3-4" launches a smokin' rendition of "Phantom Lover." It's hard to catch your breath as Gene and Brendan push the bottom of the song right thru you. Brendan really sparkles on this one. "LF/LB" is a bit of a slower version than that found on "B&TEE." The vocal more on, more precise, fluid, and it all comes together and sounds great! The "BI/BO" arrangement and playing could fit right into any establishment in New Orleans's French Quarter or any of Chicago's South Side blues clubs. The guitar playing is pure gutbucket (Chris T.?), Val's vocal is evocative and slurried with desire and defiance. Brendan's piano and vocals run up and down strengthening the mix. Gene rocks so steady, with so much soul, that you just gotta smile. "WOTW" is a great, great song and worthy to be included in this hot, live mix.
If you ain't got this one, you gotta pick it up soon. It's another reason why this band is so deserving of every accolade it receives. They are simply the best thing to happen to music in a very long time.
|Posted on Monday, June 24, 2002 - 5:15 am: |
Charles ("the Preacher"), you is a-preachin' to the choir (most of us who contribute comments to this board). Yep, this band is IT.
|Posted on Monday, June 24, 2002 - 10:15 am: |
I couldn't make it all the way to NYC, and now you're tellin' me I missed the release of a new CD. I *want* it. It's not up on the page yet....
My birthday is coming up & I'd like to buy myself this CD....(hint, hint)...someone...anyone?
|Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - 6:47 am: |
Actually you didn't miss the release of the new CD, Just the Three of Us, but rather you missed the opportunity to purchase the Nutshell EP (promotional CD sampler), which is only being sold at GrooveLily gigs until Just the Three of Us is commercially released (sometime in July). The Nutshell EP contains a several songs from the upcoming new release, Just the Three of Us.
Those that buy the Nutshell EP at a GrooveLily performance receive the new Live CD (Just the Three of Us) for no additional charge once it becomes available next month. Once the Live CD is released in July, the Nutshell EP will be used purely for promotional purposes by the band's agents and by Petal Pushers engaged in pre-show promotional activities.
I hope that helps.
|Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - 9:20 am: |
Not only what Rob says, but if you buy the Nutshell EP and follow instructions, your copy of the Live CD will arrive signed by Val, Brendan, and Gene!
The Nutshell EP replaces the one-song sampler Charles alluded to.
|Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - 3:41 pm: |
Well, I appreciate that it's available to those of you are so fortunate to be within 8 hours of their gigs, but I WANT ONE NOW! Do I have to throw a temper tantrum??? ...cause I can, ya know...
(just punchy at the moment & not at all serious, in case that's not obvious to anyone by now!)
Jon Daniels (Padeadhead)
Post Number: 31
|Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 6:40 pm: |
Hmmm, why is the Nutshell EP not listed on the odds and ends "Music" page with the folk appetizer?
Gene Lewin (Gene)
Post Number: 37
|Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 8:23 pm: |
The Nutshell EP isn't posted as an available download mainly because it was a collection of recordings available on other releases; except for Breathe In, Breathe Out.
The folk appetizer was a demo that we used a lot for booking back in the day, so it seemed like a fun odds and ends entry to post.