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The Blues Concert

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Friday night, the 26th, I did something I've never done before. I recorded a "live" album. Now, I've recorded plenty of my shows. There's shelves and shelves and boxes and boxes full of tapes, discs, DVDs, wax cylinders, stone tablets, papayrus scrolls, you name it. But for the first time I went into a show knowing that these performances were supposed to be definitive, the ones most people would hear, and that the reactions of the audience were going to be part of the experience in an ongoing, "official" way. I didn't sleep at all the night before. But that didn't bother me as much as it might have. Recording requires you to stay within yourself, to not overplay, oversing, or overperform. If I was tired, I figured, I would be less tempted to do that. Also, I wouldn't have the stamina to redo lots of numbers. What I did on take one had to count. As it happened there were some false starts, but only two tunes (I Cast No Shadow When I Walk and Under the Mountain) were done a second time and both of them were much better for it. The running order was Confessin' the Blues; Never Do Right Blues; Ghost Man Blues; You Don't Know Me; That's all Right, Baby; Under the Mountain; The Battle Is Over; Nobody's Daddy; I Cast No Shadow When I Walk; Mister Charlie; Please Send Me Someone to Love; and Turn to Me. Will this be the actual sequence of the album? I don't know. It will be interesting to see, which everyone can do in just a few weeks. I hope to have copies when I come East over President's Day weekend. It was a full house at the Guild Hall and the audience was great - rowdy and appreciative. Several guitar solos drew applause and I think they deserved it, which anyone who knows me will tell you is not something I say very often. Liam played beautifully, and Todd and Karen gave great help from beginning to end. Special thanks should go to John and his assistant Chris, who worked really hard to record everything just right. It was a night of high professionalism and great good feelings and I'm proud to have been part of it.

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