Last Thursday, we told you about a couple of happenin' in-store performances going down at Grimey's Too: Caitlin Rose warming up for her release show Saturday night at Mercy, followed by Andrew Bird on his way to Cumberland Caverns to deliver some of his high-art roots music for the Bluegrass Underground cameras. I was able to sneak down to the shop with my trusty camera and grab a few clips.
Feast your eyes and ears on Ms. Rose and Steelism (Jeremy Fetzer, guitar; Spencer Cullum Jr., steel guitars; Reno Bo, bass; Joey Andrews, drums; plus special guest Andrew Combs) performing "Silver Sings" from The Stand-In above. Get your jump on to find another cut from Rose and band, plus two from Andrew Bird's set.
Above is "I Was Cruel," penned by guitar-slinger Jeremy Fetzer. I cut this one a little tighter to get rid of the speaker in the picture, unfortunately cutting Andrews and Cullum out in the process.
After a brief intermission, Mr. Bird appeared from the back, accompanied by Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitar and Alan Hampton on bass, both of whom have contributed to recent Bird records. Joining in was singer-songwriter and Bird's neighbor Tift Merritt (due to the angle, you can just make her out between Bird and Ylvisaker). The quartet dug deep into Bird's catalog, performing in a very old-school in-the-round style, which Bird explains in his introduction to "Dark Matter/Sweetbreads."
Continuing their journey through Bird's early career, the group dusted off and revamped a number from The Swimming Hour, the last album from Bowl of Fire. The three B of F records saw Bird transitioning from a sideman in Squirrel Nut Zippers to the whistlin' frontman we know today.
Big thanks to the staff and patrons who made way for me to set up my gear. Also, a big hat tip and well wishes to Lance Conzett, who usually covers these events, but was down with disease that day. Get you a healin'!