If you’re in a band that specializes in Grateful Dead covers (among other cool nostalgic chestnuts), there’s nothing more encouraging than arriving at a gig to find a parking lot full of vintage VW vans.
That was the happy scene awaiting the Simple Cavemen today at Yalaha Bakery. Whether it was the collectible wheels or something else, the crowd seemed especially tuned into the music today.
It was only a four-piece, with MacGyver out with the flu, so the band went a tad “unplugged” on some of the old favorites. Jimmy Carl finally debuted his new Guit-Sit, a hybrid guitar-sitar that still needs a catchy name. And Tie-Dye Thurston continued to impress with his new wah-wah pedal.
The band returns to the bakery on Saturday, March 17. We’ll try to find something Irish to add to the list that day, if only a song by the great Van Morrison.
Here’s what we played:
Set 1. Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead cover); The Weight (The Band cover); Disaster; Samosa Girls; Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell cover); Elias Mine; Compilation Blues; The Last Time (Rolling Stones cover).
Set 2. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover); Watching the River Flow (Bob Dylan cover); Fortune Teller (Allen Toussaint cover, dedicated to Mary Beth from New Orleans); Marlena; Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine cover); When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan cover); Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover); Horizon Moon; You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones cover).
Set 3. I Know You Rider (Grateful Dead cover); You Got Me Runnin’ (Jimmy Reed cover); Ripple (Grateful Dead cover, by request); Lovin’ Arms (Tom Jans cover); She’s Gone; Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton cover); Sisters and Brothers (Charles Johnson cover); I Dream; Get Together (Youngbloods cover).