Sunday, December 6, 2009

Back to School with Robin & Linda Williams

Today Robin & Linda Williams brought Their Fine Group (featuring Jim Watson on bass and Tony Williamson on mandolin) to Armatage School in South Minneapolis for a great afternoon concert, starting off high energy as ever...

- Old Plank Road (kick-ass version with some sweet mando solos)
- I'll Be Coming Home for Christmas
- Old Toy Trains (before this, Robin declared it was Miller time--Roger Miller time. He also told a story of doing a duet of "Chug a Lug" with soprano Maria Jette. "I don't think she knew it was about moonshine.")
- The First Christmas Gift
- Rise Up Shepherd and Follow (with 2 mandolins, banjo and harmonica--very nice!)
- Feed My Sheep (dedicated to Mike Seeger--one of the highlights)
- Invisible Man (nice singing by Linda)
- A Virgin Most Pure (a capella)
- Brightest and Best
- Shotgun Shells on a Christmas Tree (following Jim Watson's ever hilarious pitch for the Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group Boutique)

After a nice break where folks perused CDs, air fresheners and jar openers, the band returned for another fine set...

- Nothing But a Child (the Steve Earle song)
- On a Quiet Christmas Morn
- Together All Alone (with real nice bluesy mando solo)
- Breaking Up Christmas
- Last Train to Poor Valley (Norman Blake song inspired by June Carter Cash's stories of the Carter family Christmases in Poor Vslley)
- Maybelle's Guitar and Monroe's Mandolin
- Saving My Place (after some funny stories about Linda's aunts and uncles)
- Silent Night All Day Long
- Mary Had a Baby

Following a very enthusiastic encore: Just As Long As You Love Me (with special lines about spending Christmas in Minneapolis)

After catching up with Robin, Linda and the boys, I stopped by the Fine Group Boutique on the way out and picked up a jar lid opener. Jim Watson was very happy.

1 comment:

Matt Winters said...

Wow. Very cool show.

"Feed My Sheep" is such a great song.