Surprisingly jubilant, Friday night's performance was a showcase for the mature and refined spirit of Four Winds and Cassadaga - a diary of the band's travels amidst the sprawling American landscape. It was from a dim-lit backstage that Conor and his rotating line-up of collaborators emerged and rolled into Four Winds - the crowd ambushed with incendiary strings and cinematic horns. And once the floodgates were open, there was no stopping the deluge. The ecstasy of "Reinvent the Wheel" and "Stray Dog Freedom" resonated and were complimented by classic Oberst opuses "First Day of My Life" and "Old Soul Song." While the tempo may have waned as the band knocked it down a few with "Smoke Without Fire" and "Tourist Trap," the attention of the audience (myself included) never wandered during the nearly 120 minute set thanks to the raspy goodness of M. Ward's guest vocals and Oberst's seductive story-telling.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3