Saturday night my girlfriend and I attended a sold out Mishawaka show – Trout Steak Revival with Gasoline Lollipops and Canyon Collected. It was the last possible Saturday night I had available this summer to get to the Mishawaka for a show, and the overall experience did not disappoint. A special surprise that night was the acoustic version of Gasoline Lollipops – the first for the band.
It was pretty evident that the sold out audience was there for the two jamgrass bands. The Gas Pops met reserved appreciation from a polite audience until they revved up the tempos, allowing Don to demonstrate his formidable lead guitar skills and Clay to demonstrate his ability to own any audience I’ve ever seen him in front of.
By the end of the set, with Clay raging vocally, the audience was sold. When the band came back on for a quick set of pics by the house photog, the audience thought maybe they were getting an encore …
Lead guitarist Don Ambory broke out a mandolin, the first time I’ve seen that happen – and he played his 1940’s Gibson acoustic for the Gas Pops set. He also sat in on three songs with Trout Steak, and played electric guitar – his solos in the Trout Steak set were fan favorites as were the ukulele solos taken by Canyon Collected’s Tia Martini.
Some of us standing in the “VIP” viewing area commented on the presence of the ukulele in the lineup until Tia demonstrably shredded every jam in the band’s 45 minute crowd pleasing set.
Because of the hour forty minute drive home to the Denver metro we didn’t stay for the entire set by Trout Steak Revival, but based on the overall feel of the night, and the thunderous applause during the first half of their set, I have no doubt that the show didn’t end by midnight. Trout Steak does stand out as one of the best acoustic jamgrass Americana-folk bands in the region today.
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
Last week I posted the The Best of 2018 So Far. Beyond the top 5 albums posted, there are some others that stand up well as we’re now beyond mid point of the year. The new album by Brent Cowles on Dine Alone Records, as well as Covenhoven’s A Kind of Revelation are going to be strong contenders by mid-December when the best of lists for the year come out around the region.
What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.
NOTE: In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file on Soundcloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S12 EP26
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Big Head Todd & The Monsters “Wipeout Turn” from New World Arisin’ (2017)
(D) Joe Johnson “Snakeskin Dress” from Morgantown (2018)
Slopeside “Prove Me Wrong” from Shoot the Moon (2018)
Elephant Revival “Rhythm of the Road” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
Monocle Band “Can’t Get By” from Monocle Band (2013)
Rusty Young “Down Home” from Waitin’ For the Sun (2017)
(N) Oxeye Daisy “Darling Boy” from Oxeye Daisy (2018)
The Yawpers “American Man” from American Man (2015)
The Wood Brothers “River Takes the Town” from One Drop of Truth (2018)
Keith Oxman “Brothers, Michael and Jean-Marc” from East of the Village (2017)
The Railbenders “Bourbon County” from The Medicine Show (2018)
Katie Glassman & Snapshot “Liza Jane” from Dream A Little Dream (2014)
(N) Covenhoven “Stone and Clay” from A Kind of Revelation (2018)
Strangebyrds “Star Crossed Lovers” from Star Crossed Lovers (2018)
Motet “123” from The Motet (2014)
The Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor” from Travellers in Space and Time (2010)
Wood Belly “Solid Ground” from Solid Ground (2018)
A.J. Fullerton “Smoke & Mirrors” from Kalamath (2017)
iZCALLI “A New Lie” from IV (2018)
Peter Sommer “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” from Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017)