IC-Fest, Day 3

26Feb20

Spotify Day 3 is only missing a couple of these tracks, one by Imani Coppola and one by Chris Rice. The problem is that "Thirsty" from the missing Rice album, Past The Edges, is probably my favorite of all the songs Spotify does not yet have. 

The final day in this hypothetical music festival features some of the longest sets at the beginning and end, a bit like bookends. Most people might not consider Todd Snider a headliner for something like this. I certainly do. Whether with a band or in a man-with-guitar format, Snider brings something live that even his live albums only barely capture. 

Todd Snider

New Connection
New York Banker
Conservative, Christian, Right Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males
You Got Away With It (A Tale of Two Fraternity Brothers)
Statistician's Blues
Beer Run
Just Like Old Times
Tension
Somebody's Coming
Once He Finds Us
A Lot More
Yesterdays and Used to Be's

Reba McEntire

Take It Back
Rumor Has It
Fancy
Bobby
If I Had Only Known
The Greatest Man I Never Knew

Chris Rice

It is Well with My Soul
Me and Becky
Smell the Color 9
Thirsty
Go Light Your World
The Final Move

Laurie Anderson

Difficult Listening Hour
Sharky's Day
Beautiful Red Dress
Mach 20
Let X=X

Imani Coppola

I'm a Tree
Voice in my Head
Contributing Member of Society
Cock Block (Little Jackie)
Lying to my Therapist
The Legend of a Cowgirl

Michael Franks

Sometimes I Just Forget to Smile
The Lady Wants to Know
Every Time She Whispers
The Art of Love
Three Today
Now I Know Why (They Call It Falling)

Dolly Parton

9 to 5
Jolene
Red Shoes
I Will Always Love You

Neil Young

After the Gold Rush (with Dolly Parton)
My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
Out on a Weekend
Old King
Ohio
Southern Man
Oh Susannah
Harvest
Harvest Moon
Powderfinger
Rockin' in the Free World
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
One of These Days

Jarring transitions on this day, which is something I like. Ironically, I've envisioned what is probably both the most and least jarring transition with a duet. Could a Dolly Parton collaboration with Neil Young work on his "After the Gold Rush" classic? I'd say yes, in part because both Parton and Young have delivered surprisingly effective collaborations in the past. With Linda Ronstadt unavailable due to debilitation and Emmylou Harris not yet named a Different Drummer, Young and Parton together is the nearest substitute for a Trio performance

I won't take up the space required for other Different Drummers who could have made this list because they are still performing. I'll just note a couple that I've seen in concert, even though I didn't include them here: Al Stewart and King Missile (John S. Hall) would have been the next ones in. 
At the same time, it's heartbreaking that health or death blocked any consideration for -- among others -- Don Ellis, Queen (Freddie Mercury), Gisele MacKenzie, John Coltrane, John Fahey, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, The Fall (Mark E. Smith), Rush (Neil Peart), and Ronstadt. 

Mentally sunburned and exhausted, I'll stop here, refreshed nevertheless.


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