The band was sounding good during the soundcheck; they checked out all of the dynamics using a noodly version of "This Land is Your Land." Her husband John Leventhal was on electric guitar; a second guitarist, a bassist, a keyboardist and a drummer rounded out the group. The second guitarist had a pedal steel in front of him, and I kept waiting for him to shred on it during the show, but it didn't really happen. The sound of the Hammond organ added a lot to the show, and John Leventhal had some good chops on the guitar.
The set was straightforward. Rosanne started off with a number of songs from her most recent CD, The List, which (as we mentioned here) is based on a list of 100 songs that Rosanne's father, Johnny Cash, have her. Then she moved into some of her classic material, and she wrapped up the show with a cover of Harry Belafonte's "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)" for the encore.
The set list looked like this:
- I'm Movin' On - played with a lot of jazzy sounds
- Miss the Mississippi and You
- Heartaches by the Number - great organ solo
- Sea of Heartbreak
- Bury Me Beneath the Willow - dedicated to the librarians in the audience who went wild
- Girl from the North Country
- Long Black Veil
- Motherless Children - rocking out
- Tennessee Flat Top Box
- Burn Down This Town
- Ode to Billie Joe
- Dreams are Not My Home
- The Wheel
- A song that Roseanne hopes her daughter will record
- 500 Miles
- This Land is Your Land
- ENCORE: Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
Update: Eliot in the comments writes: "Rosanne's band (in addition to John Leventhal) consisted of Rich Hinman, guitar, Tim Luntzel, bass, Dan Rieser, drums and John Cowherd, organ."
I had written down "John Coward" instead of "John Cowherd." I know that I've seen Tim Luntzel with various folks around the City over the years -- didn't catch that it was him up there on stage on Sunday. (Indeed in this post, I refer to him as an "excellent bassist" based on seeing him with Teddy Goldstein.)