Touring in support of their railroad covers album inspired and recorded over 65 hours on trains travelling from Chicago down to Texas and up to LA its straight into a mini set with the two of them. One thing that’s clear tonight is both of their voices haven’t sounded better. Whilst being a relatively newcomer to Bragg, first seeing him the day after Brexit in Glastonbury, I first saw Joe Henry back in 96 at The Borderline.
After a few songs it’s into a short set with Henry solo and it was nice to hear some oldies especially ‘Trampoline’. An interval ensues and it’s back with Bragg with a short set that encompasses the general feeling in the world today. With two high profile voting shocks and the multitude of musician deaths there’s a good case to confine 2016 into the dustbin of time. But as The Hold Steady once said ‘you gotta stay positive’
The show wraps up with the two of them together again where they cover everything from Hank, Guthrie, Dylan John Hartford and Lead Belly with ‘Rock Island Line’ and ‘Midnight Special’ my highlights
A thoroughly entertaining night with two fine singer songwriters.
Keep on rockin y’all.