Big surprise, I'm back talking about Wilco, but in case you missed your daily dose of The Colbert Report last night, everything was coming up Wilco.
Colbert interviewed Jeff Tweedy for about five minutes, which is a surprise to me since Tweedy has always been known as somewhat of a recluse, judging by certain scenes in the Sam Jones film I am Trying to Break Your Heart where he shies away from public interaction, and at the 9:30 club in 2004 where the whole band came out to drink and socialize after the show, except for Tweedy who just lingered in the threshold of the backstage doorway. It's no secret that he is a low key kind of guy, which Colbert says to him point blank during the interview, but it's good to see Tweedy coming out of his shell more than he has in the past, which is mostly due to his successful drug rehabilitation and Wilco's rise in status to one of the most influential and significant bands in America. You can't afford to be too gunshy when every rock journalist in the country is rabid for an interview.
The song performed, titled "Wilco the song", is a Colbert Report exclusive, and it's awesome, mostly because it's a highly preferred shift away from the jazz-rock or critically termed "dad-rock" sound that I think plagued their most recent album, Sky Blue Sky. Don't get me wrong, I love "Impossible Germany", "You Are My Face", and "Side with the Seeds", but it wasn't exactly their best work. Tweedy himself said "I'll never make another record like it." I can't wait to see what they come up with next. Check out the video of last night’s performance that I’ve embedded below.
Happy Halloween! If you don't already have plans, Chris Smither is stopping by The Barns tonight for an 8pm performance. Tickets are still available, so after you take your kids trick or treating, come on by for a one-man show from one of the finest blues and contemporary roots musicians of the past three decades. Bonnie Raitt herself has openly expressed admiration for Smither’s songwriting and guitar playing, referring to him as her "Eric Clapton.” Swing by iTunes for a preview listen of some tracks from his live album, Live as I'll Ever Be, featuring select performances from his March 27, 1997 performance at The Barns.