The Concert Blast continuation coverage of the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN, finds Mike, Brian, and James back at The Cannery for the last night of the festival. Mike was looking forward to seeing Mike Farris and the Cumberland Saints Revue in concert as well as the night’s closing act, Todd Snider and his Rock and Roll Revue, which included an All-Star Band. James was looking forward to seeing one of his all-time favorite singer/songwriters, Susan Cowsill perform as well as the creator of the classic hit “Polk Salad Annie,” Tony Joe White. Brian was up for anything that night, so he and James stayed in the Mercy Lounge while Mike roamed both floors trying to cover as many acts as possible.
The night began with Mike, Brian, and James in the Mercy Lounge while Courtney Jaye performed the opening set of their coverage. Mike saw a few of her songs before he headed downstairs to the Cannery Ballroom to witness Mike Farris and the Cumberland Saints Revue.
After seeing most of the set, Mike found his way back upstairs to see Susan Cowsill perform. Susan went through several sing-along and story songs including a hit by The Cowsills (which found artist Lucinda Williams dancing in the crowd). Susan performed songs from her latest project that included a song about her brother, Barry Cowsill, who didn’t survive the floods from Hurricane Katrina. Being from New Orleans, she told stories about their “Hurication” (as they called it) and the songs they wrote from their experience.
After Susan’s performance, Brian and James stayed to see Tony Joe White perform while Mike went back downstairs to see his favorite act of the entire festival, Todd Snider and his Rock and Roll Revue, which included an All-Star band consisting of Todd on acoustic guitar, Keith Christopher and Dan Baird on electric guitars, and Don Was on bass. The remainder of the band included a drummer and a horn section. Todd’s special guests of the night were Amy Lavere (as a backup vocalist) and wild man piano player/singer/entertainer, Jason D. Williams.
Jason played the piano while sitting, standing, and leaning the piano forwards and backwards. If that wasn’t enough, he played the piano while balancing a cup of beer on his head. Then he took a pair of drumsticks and began beating the top of the piano as if it were a drum kit. Before the night was over he was standing on top of the piano while on occasion stomping the keys.
Of course the crowd went wild during his performance, but when Jason mentioned some words about our tough economy before saying, “but surely you have a little change in your pocket!” Jason nodded his head to Dan Baird as Dan led the band into the Georgia Satellites hit, “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”. The crowd was very excited with Jason, but when Dan began singing the first line of the song, their excitement went over the top!
After their set, the band returned for an encore to perform the party song from Sly and the Family Stone, “I Wanna Take You Higher.” Brian and James mentioned Tony Joe White’s performance was good, but not great due to only having Tony on guitar with a drummer.
After the night’s performance, Mike, Brian, and James did a wrap up of the week and mentioned their favorite parts of the festival.
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