Still recovering from a weekend of dirty sweaty fun at the ACL Fest. Lots of great bands. My one pearl of wisdom from the experience…All the “serious” songwriters are wearing black suits now. Did I mention it was 100 degrees?
Conner Oberst (but not his band)
Jakob Dylan (t-shirt under the coat, band in full suits)
Bob Schneider (and the Scabs) (OK, their songs are all about oral sex, but Bob is good.)
Okkervil River (rock stars of the future)
Jack White (with the Raconteurs) (not sure if it was black because his pale skin makes everything look black.)
The highlight for me was David Byrne looking very much like Christopher Walken in his white leisure suit leading his crazy band of singers and dancers in the old Heads song “Houses in Motion.” Above is a 1980 Head’s performance of that song.
I try not to be political in this blog, but you have to laugh how Republicans can’t find a musician willing to support their candidates. Not surprising, just funny. Add Chuck Berry to the list with John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and Abba who have refused the use of their music.
And of all the music/politics mixes lately, I am most happy for the prime-time choice of Big Head Todd's song “Blue Sky” for Hillary Clinton’s DNC address last week. As uptight as she can seem, at least someone on her staff who likes good music (and maybe is from Boulder?). With 26 million pairs of eyes on their TV’s that night, hopefully Todd can sell a few more CD’s…