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Buffalo, NY - March 31st, 2011
Review - By Bob Silvestri
a shame when a musician the caliber of David Lindley plays an intimate
club date and only a couple of hundred folks show up. Those who did
show up at The Tralf on March 31st, 2011 were treated to a two hour
show of musical virtuosity and some humor to boot.
Lindley returned for a solo gig after a cancelled 2010 date with Jackson
Browne at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Lindley is best known for his
work with Browne, most notably as the singer of the falsetto part of
Browne's hit "The Load Out/Stay". He has also lent his talents
to recordings by Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt and Bruce Springsteen
to name a few. Resplendent in one of his trademark Polyester shirts
he sat alone on a road case hunched over his instruments. A master of
all stringed instruments Lindley displayed his craft on various Lap
steel guitars, a Middle Eastern oud and Turkish chumbus but never a
violin, acoustic or electric guitar. At times it became redundant with
its droning tones not allowing much difference between some numbers.
Things picked up with Lindley's take on past experiences with backstage
food titled "Cat Food Sandwiches", "Little Green Bottle"
and his new favorite drug Excedrin and the middle age lament "When
a Guy Gets Boobs" all preceded with a hilarious story about the
inspiration for writing the songs. He was so funny this guy could have
a side career as a comedian. When Lindley got serious he picked some
amazing material tipping his hat to his friends and collaborators with
stellar versions of Warren Zevon's "Seminole Bingo", Springsteen's
Vietnam vet ode "Brothers Under The Bridge" and Greg Copeland's
"Revenge Will Come".
Opening the show was Buffalo Music
Hall of Famer (Class of 2007) Jim Ehinger with a nice set of Buffalo
and New Orleans styled piano blues rock. Ehinger who was once considered
for a spot in headliner Lindley's old band El-Rayo X put on an impressive
display showing why he has worked with the likes of Dr. John, Billy
Vera and Bob Dylan. Highlight from the set was his self penned tune
"Birds and the Bees".
To learn about more upcoming shows
at The Tralf go to www.tralfmusichall.com
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