Wonderful little gig in Santa Cruz last night opening for Mary Gauthier!
Drove steadily through intermittent rain and a Pacific tsunami warning to the Crepe Place, an old, tin-ceilinged, wood-panelled venue run by Adam Bergeron from the now defunct 12 Galaxies. Sweet vibe from everyone involved, from waitress to sound guy. Opening for Mary Gauthier, who I remember speaking with ten years ago at the Gay and Lesbian Music Awards (also now defunct). Her set was gorgeous -- a down tempo song cycle about being an orphan, and about the process of finding her mother years later. I might go see her at the Freight again tonight to soak in the words that much more...I was flashing on all kinds of ideas listening to her sing, about my own current project. Speaking of, "Rock n' Roll", probably my favorite of my new tunes (especially in its' performability), went off good tonight. Adam was also very appreciative of the Big Star cover, "Thirteen"... he says to check out "September Girls"... I did "Will" for the first time in a while, thinking it would work for Mary's audience, and seemed to connect right away with two girls in the third row. Good to see Jocelyn and Sam Flot out there, too. What a difference from the gig I played in SF a few nights ago!
Set: Will, Wichita, Unbound, Hungry Ghost, Thirteen, What You're Hiding, Rock n' Roll, Colors in You.