Another great concert year. This list doesn't even include The Specials, Billy Bragg or Gord Downie...it was that good.
#5 CR Avery (some bookstore in ON)
A terrific, unexpected surprise as CR finds the zone for a half-dozen songs amongst row after row of books.
#4 Wanda Jackson (Cosmic Charlie's, Lexington, KY)
The First Lady of Rock N Roll, the Queen of Rockabilly, struggles a little with a tired voice but delivers the goods. Carrying the torch.
#3 Levon Helm's Ramble w/ Steve Earle (Woodstock, NY)
Not too much Levon but that was more than compensated for by Larry Campbell's emergence. Steve Earle was a bonus that made this night memorable. (no audio)
#2 Patti Smith (Tipitina's, New Orleans LA)
The Godmother of Punk opens with Be My Baby. 'nuff said. Special guests too.
#1 Evelyn/Evelyn w/ Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley (The Great Hall, Toronto)
Always glad when I discover something new. Can't get this show out of my cd player.
and of course, Horrible Mention:
Simon and Garfunkel (New Orleans Jazzfest)