Between drinks, the Simple Cavemen write things down

One of the Cavemen (the nerdy one that carries the notebook in his back pocket) thought it would be a genius idea to offer set lists from band practice.

That way, our loyalists can know what material we might be tackling the next time we emerge in public (hopefully sometime in the spring).

This was a really dumb idea, at least for the guy that had to spend all night writing down the titles instead of hoisting his drink. But the list is done, so here’s what we were playing on Sunday (* = original songs):

Set 1:Cry Like a Baby (Box Tops, done as a blues); You Win Again;  Tonight, the Bottle Let Me Down; Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone; Mama Tried; Big Railroad Blues; The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (with accordion); You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (it’s a country song for us); Willin’ (Little Feat); Who Were You Thinkin’ Of (Texas Tornados); Sisters and Brothers (gospel, with squeezebox). To Love Somebody (Bee  Gees, turned into a jump swing); I’ll Be Back (Fab Four, A Hard Days Night); Cheap Reward (Elvis Costello country ditty); That’s What Love Will Make You Do.

INTERMISSION: We played so well that we got to eat! The menu: Kung Pao Chicken and potstickers.  Thanks, Karen!

Set 2:Tupelo Honey (more accordion); I’ve Just Seen a Face; You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Again? Yes, we’re learning things here!); Canyon Full of Tears*; In Our Town*; When I Look Into Your Eyes* (a lovely Roscoe Gray ballad that we don’t do nearly enough); Back to the Chapel*; My Charmagne*; Rubies in My Crown* (old-time gospel); Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

We’ll be practicing more next weekend, so maybe someone will write down another list.  Of course, we might take requests, too.

A night to remember for the Cavemen

The Simple Cavemen always, always have fun, but they had particular fun on a bill with Rick Birkbeck & Friends on Friday at McWells. Thanks to the folks who arrived early to hear the opening band. Thanks, too, to Bob Gardner for such a terrific job on the sound.

Some of the Cavemen returned for part of the closing set, replicating (in their minds, at least) the grand finale of The Last Waltz on songs that included The Band’s “The Weight.”

Thanks also to Karen, our extraordinarily generous official band photog (and chef) for all the terrific pics, included in this post.

The band is hoping to emerge again sometime in March, so stay tuned for updates…

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