"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Browne Recluse

July 18, 2012: 

 I, more than Ashlee, have wanted to see Jackson Browne play live for a long time, and I finally got a chance to catch this reclusive Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer at none other than the historic Ryman Theatre in Nashville.  Ashlee is all for trusting me with seeing shows of artists she's not really familiar with and having it work out great.  Cases in point include Toad the Wet Sprocket, Better Than Ezra, Roger Waters, etc. So we were hoping for the same affect here. Along with me and Ashlee, our friends John and Monique went as well.  Thanks to them also for grabbing the tickets while we were out of town when they went on sale.  We had good happy-hour appetizers and drinks beforehand at the bar at Ruth Chris Steakhouse.

The show to be honest was a bit underwhelming for a couple of reasons.  Granted, Browne, is just a man and his piano or guitar most of the time anyway, so we weren't expecting a really lively stage show, but the song selection was a range of deeper cuts and very few of his popular hits, so casual fans (like Ashlee and Monique) became a bit restless with the performance and I don't blame them.  Another problem was that overall, Browne himself, sounded great in voice and instrument, but his backing band was a bit lacking in my opinion....well, other than when he brought out the great Jerry Douglas (photo above) for some dobro accompaniment to give his California-vibe songs a bit of that Nashville twist.  It was a good show overall, but just not great, and that's going to happen from time to time.  It's still good to say we've seen this legend live and in such a beautiful and historic venue.   Thanks again, Nashville.

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