Are there awards given for web video? If so, The Other Music Instore Concert Films should win one. They’re all worth watching. And if you look close at this one, you might see the back of my head. Here’s my report from the event which took place in early December.
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.
Just a reminder that crooner extraordinaire Richard Hawley is playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday and there are still tickets available. His show at Sin-e last year was one of my favorites of 2005. But if you can’t make it Saturday, you’ve got a second chance. He’s playing an acoustic in-store at Other Music on Monday at 8pm. I’m hoping at one of these two shows he’ll do "Long Black Train."
The Bowery show is the kickoff date on Hawley’s first-ever solo US tour. Here are all the dates:
Dec 1 Bowery Ballroom NYC
Dec 2 World Café Live Philadelphia
Dec 4 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA
Dec 5 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto
Dec 6 The Abbey Chicago
Dec 7 400 Bar Minneapolis
Dec 10 Crocodile Café Seattle
Dec 12 Café du Nord San Francisco
Dec 13 Troubadour Los Angeles
And not to make this too much like a Brooklyn Vegan post but, actually, Other Music has a slew of great in-stores coming up…
The Clean – Tuesday, November 27 @ 8PM
Tinariwen – Wednesday, November 28 @ 8PM
Celebration – Friday, November 30 @ 9PM
Richard Hawley – Monday, December 3 @ 8PM
White Williams – Thursday, December 6 @ 8PM