Don't Forget one of the most moving songs of all time...
"The New Soft Shoe" by Gram Parsons w/Emmylou Harris & Elvis's touring band from the album GP. That song is probably my favorite Gram Parson's song . It's simply amazing, & when I heard it at the October 16th Atlanta Show, I got really curious about who was choosing the pre-show song list. If it is indeed Colm & Hope, then I will say they have magnificent taste in the music they appreciate, as well as create.
Along with Gram, Willie & Cash, etc., It's good to see that they appreciate some older/legitimate country music. I always thought Hope could do very well with that style. It seems like she dabbled in it a bit on Among my Swan, with "Cry, Cry" & "I've been Let Down." I always thought it would be cool if she explored it a bit further. Maybe on the next Warm Inventions album?
I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee so I am a bit biased, But I would love it if she cut a track or two in Nashville at some point in one of the older studios. Hope & the Warm Inventions, plus one or 2 Nashville Cats!I think pedal steel guitar would sound really neat one of their albums. At the very least, she should grace the Opry with her presence and do a set at the Ryman Auditorium. I'd be there with bells on.
I'm probably getting ahead of myself here. And I don't want to sound like I am downplaying the two absolute gems She & the band have provided us with in the form of Bavarian Fruit Bread & Through the Devils Softly. Believe me I'm not. I haven't been able to go more than 3-4 days without listening to TTDS since it came out & I think the maximum amount of time I went without listening to BFB over the last 7.5 years is maybe, 15 days. And I have a lot of music to choose from when making my listening choices.
Which leads back to the original topic of pre-show music mix.
I was also pleased to hear Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way" & "Todd Rundgren's "I saw the Light." Oh & how could I almost forget the "Minneapolis Blood on the Tracks Sessions/Version" of Bob Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now" Yeah, Hope & Colm hit a lot of my favorites. We've got some kind of kindred spiritual element. I really felt like this could have been one of my own mix CD's.