“The Wild Hunt”: a guitar players review

Imagine if Nick Drake hadn’t been depressed……

Now, imagine that “black eyed dog” wasn’t an obvious mellifluous suicide note. No…. imagine that it was a triumphant expression of what was to come… and how perfect it may be.

To realize dreams could come true……. and get bigger than you ever expected. Well.. that pretty much sums up the title track and the rest that come to follow.

Here’s a run down of the track listing and the tunings ( capo everywhere ) :

1 The Wild Hunt cfcfcf (bebebe)
2 Burden of Tomorrow dadf#ad
3 Troubles Will be Gone dgdgbd
4 You’re Going Back dgdgbd
5 The Drying of the Lawns eadgbe…..
6 King of Spain cgcgce
7 Love Is All eadgbd
8 Thousand Ways bebebe (cfcfcf)
9 A Lion’s Heart     dgdgbd
Kids on the Run (piano)

There are so many Dylan comparisons floating around out there, and I get that. But what made Dylan “Dylan”, when Dylan was “Dylan”, was his sincerity and poetic prowess…. and this kid owns his own…. and it stands tall, perhaps the tallest, all on its own.


Drag City has been pretty good about keeping things under wrap lately and it seems to make the joys of unwrapping them all the sweeter.

“The Wonder Show of The World” features Will Oldham & Emmett Kelly ( no not that Emmet Kelly ) side by side sharing the stage & running the show. In recent years a large part of Bonnie’s sound has been thanks to the contributions of Emmett and it’s fitting that he may finally share in the spotlight.

The 10 track album consists of two guys, two voices, and two guitars. And that’s all it needs to be.

You can pick up your copy from drag city (it’s worth it) or, if you’re brave, you can try to snag a copy here. (don’t be brave kids…. don’t be brave)

The Wonder Show hits the road for a few select dates starting March 28:

Thu Apr 01, 2010 – Brooklyn NY Monster Island Basement with Lichens
Thu Apr 01, 2010 – Brooklyn NY Monster Island Basement with Lichens
Fri Apr 02, 2010 – Brooklyn NY Monster Island Basement with Lichens
Sat Apr 03, 2010 – Rehoboth Beach DE Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats
Tue Apr 06, 2010 – New Orleans LA Preservation Hall
Wed Apr 07, 2010 – Scott LA Bourques’ Social Club
Fri Apr 09, 2010 – Oakland CA The New Parish with J. Tillman
Fri Apr 09, 2010 – Oakland CA The New Parish with J. Tillman
Sat Apr 10, 2010 – Oakland CA The New Parish with Mariee Sioux
Sat Aug 07, 2010 – Happy Valley OR Pickathon
Sun Aug 08, 2010 – Happy Valley OR Pickathon

Not even the dress could steal the show…… (but oh how it tried)

Have One On Me
Inflammatory Writ
Soft As Chalk
Book of Right on
Baby Birch

The setlist was pretty much the same as the first few dates of this tour & apparently it will stay that way until the band can learn a few more of her tunes. That being said, Newsom & friends put on one hell of a show.
The Sanders theater is an ancient little playhouse that lacks a p.a. system. So the sound came across in perfect stereo with Ryan Francesconi on tambura (& really anything else you could dream up) stage left, Neal Morgan stage right playing the drums like his life depended on it, & Joanna center stage pretty much in perfection.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures because the folks at Harvard have some pretty insane no camera restrictions. ( complete with film confiscating goons )

But, if you’d like to hear the show…………..


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Kristian Matsson & Amanda Bergman make a fine pair & there is something about seeing these two singing this song in a stuffy room in Sweden that tells me i may have no choice but to move there. Kristian ( AKA the tallest man on earth ) is currently on tour. No word on if Amanda (AKA heja AKA jaw lesson ) is on board…….    but she has been showing up in quite a few videos with a duet of  “I’ll be gad”.

Mar 17 2010 8:00P
Klub Shh@Din Nye Ven Copenhagen
Mar 25 2010 8:00P
Indigo Istanbul
Apr 14 2010 8:00P
The Ninth Ward Buffalo, NY
Apr 15 2010 8:00P
The Monkey House Winooski, VT
Apr 16 2010 8:00P
Petit Campus Montreal, QC
Apr 17 2010 8:00P
El Mocambo Toronto, ON
Apr 20 2010 8:00P
Highline Ballroom New York, NY
Apr 21 2010 8:00P
Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA
Apr 22 2010 8:00P
World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
Apr 23 2010 8:00P
Black Cat Washington, DC
Apr 26 2010 8:00P
Gerrard Hall Chapel Hill, NC
Apr 27 2010 8:00P
Forsythia Hall Ashville, NC
Apr 28 2010 8:00P
The Earl Atlanta, GA
Apr 29 2010 8:00P
The Bottletree Birmingham, AL
May 1 2010 8:00P
Hailey´s Denton, TX
May 2 2010 8:00P
Stubb´s Austin, TX
May 4 2010 8:00P
Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
May 5 2010 8:00P
UCSD The Loft La Jolla, CA
May 8 2010 8:00P
Historic Brookdale Lodge Brookdale, CA
May 9 2010 8:00P
The Independent San Francisco, CA
May 11 2010 8:00P
The Mission Theater Portland, OR
May 12 2010 8:00P
St. James Hall Vancouver, BC
May 14 2010 8:00P
Brixx Edmonton, AB
May 15 2010 8:00P
Local 522 Calgary, AB
May 17 2010 8:00P
Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
May 18 2010 8:00P
Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
May 19 2010 8:00P
The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
May 21 2010 8:00P
The Mill Iowa City, IA
May 22 2010 8:00P
Carleton College Northfield, MN
May 23 2010 8:00P
Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
May 25 2010 8:00P
Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
May 26 2010 8:00P
The Dome House Bloomington, IN
May 27 2010 8:00P
The Brass Rail Fort Wayne, IN
May 28 2010 8:00P
Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
May 30 2010 8:00P
Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
Jun 9 2010 8:00P
Tabernacle London
Jun 10 2010 8:00P
Whelan´s Dublin
Aug 12 2010 8:00P
Haldern Pop Festival at Alter Reitplatz Haldern