What an incredible show. Seriously, the Appalachian Voices show with Jim James, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore was way better than I even hoped it would be. The performances were great and the show’s layout was perfect. The group performed for a bit, then the three songwriters took turns playing their solo material. It was a fantastic way to structure the show. It meant we got to enjoy full-band setups of songs from Dear Companion as well as My Morning Jacket tunes like “Golden” and “Where to Begin.”
But even amid a set full of My Morning Jacket tunes, I think my favorite song of the night was the full band performance of “Dear Companion.” It started with a strong and loud hit of the snare drum and turned into one of the best songs of the night. Daniel’s got a great voice — but so do Ben and Jim.
Another highlight was when a girl stood up after the applause following a performance of MMJ’s “Gideon” and yelled “why are you people sitting down?! Stand up!” Then Daniel Martin Moore started playing a slow song of his and told the audience “you might want to sit back down… just trying to be realistic”
At the end of the second encore of the night, we got the second cover of the night* (the first was a Jim James-sung cover of Leadbelly’s “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie”) The three finely-dressed men of Kentucky did a great performance of “Save the Last Dance for Me” by the Drifters. As ways to end your 2+ hour long set go, that was a pretty good one.
* oops. Forgot that DMM also did a cover of “Forever Young” that was dedicated to his father.
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