Photo Credit: Ali Eisner
What’s Left: 210 Days. 58 Bands.
Band #42: The Good Lovelies
When/Where: January 10th, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Expectations: Club Passim is a sit-down folky kind of venue, so it’s a different kind of concert but I heard The Good Lovelies like to interact with their audience so I think it will be a good fit.
Concert: These three ladies know how to entertain an audience better than any folk/roots act I’ve ever seen. While their endless anecdotes about life on the road, banjo jokes, and childhood memories made me laugh every time, it didn’t distract from the fact that their voices were made for each other. Listening to the three of them harmonize was magical. They were spot on every time, filling the small basement room with their silky rich vocals with such ease it seemed they’d been doing this for decades instead of just four years. My heart burst with adoration for this band when they played a new song, “Old Highway,” a stunningly beautiful song about being meant for a life on the road but still missing home. The lyrics grabbed me first, but when the guitars got quiet they let their voices melt together, and it was spellbinding. Just in case the audience wasn’t already in awe of their performance, they were constantly instrument swapping between acoustic bass, guitar, and banjo, claiming “we can’t decide which instruments we like to play best.” Their genuine interaction with the audience, their ample talents with various instruments, and those voices made for a perfect relaxing weeknight concert that I wish I could see every week.
Concert Afterglow: Wow. I’m now a devoted fan.
Recommendation: If you like this type of music you can’t see a band much better than The Good Lovelies.
Video of “Old Highway:”
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