Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 5 Shows of 2010

Another great concert year. This list doesn't even include The Specials, Billy Bragg or Gord 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)

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