Short but sweet set from Richard Hawley last night at Other Music. People actually waited longer to get in than it took to see him play. The show was being taped for OM’s new Live at Other Music series and a mysterious buzz in the sound system meant the soundcheck ran 30 minutes late, keeping most everyone there to see him huddled outside the store for more than an hour.
This would’ve been a perfect opportunity for Richard to play "The Night’s are Cold" from 2002’s Late Night Final but the setlist had already been written. Hawley and guitarist Shez Sherridan warmed us all up pretty quick with a seven-song set punctuated by Hawley’s stories and one-liners. He played "Just Like the Rain," "I’m on Nights," "Roll River Roll," "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Tonight the Streets are Ours," "The Sea Calls," and a cover of the Ricky Nelson classic "Lonesome Town." There were too more songs written on the setlist ("Serious" and "Lady Solitude") but Hawley’s voice was giving out and he decided to call a night.