Gordon Lightfoot and His Band, Egyptian Theater, Boise, June 10

Concert Review: Gordon Lightfoot


Lightfoot looks a bit cadaverous. He’s 78 years old, which seems impossible. His voice has weakened from that deep, easy baritone of the 1970s to a reedy tenor. He joked about, indirectly, explaining he now played a lot of the songs in the key of C. But it was a fine show. He has a…

John Mellencamp soloing "Jack and Diane," Outlaw Field, Boise

Concert Review: Sad Clowns and Hillbillies


One the hottest day of 2017 so far, WC attended a live concert at an outdoor venue, Outlaw Field in Boise. It was 97° F so we’re talking baked Alaska here. But the show was pretty good. It was the Sad Clowns and Hillbillies Tour, and opened with Carlene Carter, a member of the third generation…

"Ripple," by Robert Hunter

Because WC Needs Cheering Up: “Ripple”


Sometimes when the world’s and our national crises become overwhelming, music helps. And for WC, the songs of the Grateful Dead are a reliable comfort. The thing about Dead songs is that you can go as deep or as shallow as you want. Take 1970’s  “Ripple,” for example. Robert Hunter lyrics and Jerry Garcia tune,…

Brian Wilson and Band, Boise, April 6, 2017 (Photo by Mrs. WC)

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds


Brian Wilson’s voice is trashed; let’s get that out of the way from the top. That sweet, pure tenor is gone. But it doesn’t really matter. WC will explain. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, two of the original Beach Boys, are touring on the 50th anniversary (technically, now the 51st) of the release of “Pet…

Chuck Berry, c. 1973

R.I.P. Chuck Berry, 1926-2017


The very first concert WC saw in Chicago was Chuck Berry at a small venue – the name of which WC has long since forgotten – on the west side of the Loop, in what was then called the Blues District. Berry was touring in support of his latest album, 1972’s The London Chuck Berry Sessions,…

Phil Ochs Makes a Comeback


“One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies.” – Phil Ochs, 1962 WC’s all time favorite folksinger, Phil Ochs, is making a comeback. Ochs and his amazing songs seem to make a comeback whenever American politics get especially dark. This is the man, after all, who sang, And the speeches…