, attached to 1992-12-30

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill On to Springfield, MA for the third installment of the New Year's run. The recording was good, except some cut outs during Fluff's Travels and a few other weird places that were very brief distractions.

Landlady gets the call for the opener tonight and is pretty well played. It was a little tentative sounding while getting settled in. Sparkle continued the process with EQ-ing noises from Paul or Pete on the monitors. It was still well played. A nice rocking Melt followed that, and was about average for this year. Esther had its usual foolishness getting in and had more EQ-ing going on getting Page's sound happening. Chalk Dust was good pure rock, but nothing too special. Fluff was a little tentative as well and had the drop outs in the recording, maybe a little shaky in the Travels. Paul was a little rough to start with, but quickly recovered into the standard bluegrass jam. A much better Reba was played tonight until the very end when Fish missed the cut off, and then played his part over again leading to laughter. Then Trey picks up the megaphone and says "Thank you." Walk the Line follows that, most likely as a joke, and then back to the coda of Reba. Mike embellishes the vocals for humorous effect. IDK followed that with the "Tubbs" trombone solo that must have been played at the drum kit or something because it was very quiet compared to the rest of the mix. The Bowie intro was phased out by Trey busting out Timber! It didn't sound planed at all as everyone seemed to need a minute to remember how their part should go. Not bad after two years without one. Bowie finishes things up for first set, but didn't sound quite locked in at the end. Trey was trying to get everyone to really get in on the ending high point, but it just didn't seem to work that well. Decent first set overall.

Nice solid Axilla to start off second set. Well played and rocking. Rift was a little shaky at times during the solo sections. Gin was played pretty fast tonight with a good jam in there, but a strange ending as again they were not locking in or communicating very well. YEM was good overall with teases and the shout outs to Pete and the church choir type ending to the vocal jam. Funny stuff here as the stage banter kicks in with Page announcing his family in the crowd like Trey did at New Haven. The following discussion of cousins is great. TMWSIY was ok until a few rough spots toward the end from Trey. Avenu was also a little weak in the middle during Mike's solo. TMWSIY outro was fine. Possum had lots of teases and foolishness as usual. Trey even teased TMWSIY, followed by the Big Ball Jam which seems to be turning into a stand alone "song" instead of being attached to a bluegrass song. HYHU brings Fish back out again, who then teases Mike for drinking soy milk. Paul gets the only intro tonight as Love You swings along quite well tonight. A drawn out HYHU ending by Trey leads us to more stage banter about their uncles. A nice A-Train follows for Page's uncle. A rocking Llama moves to the closer spot tonight. This one is good, but a little sloppy during the solo transition.

This would be the last Ride Captain Ride for almost six years, or about five hundred shows. Well played parts and confident sounding vocals from Page make it pretty good. The crowd shushing follows for a Sweet Adeline to send everyone home happy.

Pretty good show overall. Some rough spots here and there and definitely not quite the five star caliber of the Canadian shows earlier this month. Maybe they were saving it for tomorrow night's festivities?


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