“When you’re number isn’t up.”

I was fortunate to see one of my favourite artists, Mark Lanegan, here in Wellington last Friday night. It was an intimate little gig with just Lanegan and guitarist Dave Rosser.

In the simplest of terms I was blown away. It was raw yet refined. Like old ballads out of the past that echo his Pacific Northwest roots and vibrate in your core.  He has sprinklings of Tom Waits and Nick Cave but still completely original. He played from his extensive back catalog and every song was worth the price of admission. He started the set with one of my favourite songs  entitled “When your number isn’t up” and finishing with an amazing acoustic version of  “Hanging tree” from his days of The Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age.

The words he sang resonated deep  and I am all the more inspired by it. This was a gig that made me remember why music is such an important influence in my life as an artist.

Thank you Mr. Lanegan and Mr. Rosser.

 

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~ by randerson on July 6, 2010.

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