Mike Gordon kicked off a mini-tour of New Hampshire this past weekend with two shows. The first, on Saturday, 11/12/11, at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, featured two sets from Mike’s steady lineup of musicians: guitarist and vocalist Scott Murawski from Max Creek, drummer Todd Isler from International Orange, percussionist and mad-beat-dropper Craig Myers from Rubblebucket, and keyboard wizard Tom Cleary teacher of jazz at the University of Vermont.
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The show mostly showcased tunes off Gordon’s recent album Moss, (“Horizon Line,” “Spiral,” “Fire From A Stick,” and “Can’t Stand Still”) which, over the past year have been road tested and remain mainstays in the band’s repertoire.
Drawing from his second album, Green Sparrow, Gordon opened his second set with “Dig Further Down” and closed with “Traveled Too Far.” Sprinkled throughout the show were covers that ranged from bluegrass (Bill Monroe’s “Walls of Time”) to pop (Alanis Morrisette’s “Hand In My Pocket”); and even Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator)” and Little Feat’s “Skin It Back.” The second set closer, The Who’s “Wont Get Fooled Again” was a first for the band.
Scott Murawski sang “Willow Tree”–a tune he brought from his other band, Max Creek, and Tom Cleary performed an original in each set, “Crumblin’ Bones” and “Be Good And You’ll Be Lonely,” which features three-part harmonies between Gordon, Murawski, and Cleary. Gordon stretched out and revisited two older fan favorites, “Couch Lady” and “Susskind Hotel” before closing out the first set.
Mike Gordon ended the evening with an encore of the GRAB original “Hap Nappy” and Tower of Power’s “Down to the Nightclub.”