I’m still trying to decide whether or not to go to any of the Further Beyond Nashville gigs. The best ones are at the Barbican, which recently spectacularly failed to impress me with its sound architecture. Over there, I’m torn between Will Oldham + Sparklehorse and Lambchop Quartet + Alejandro Escovedo. On the other hand, Alejandro Escovedo’s doing a solo gig at the Borderline, which is a venue I’ve always wanted to try.
A third, and actually quite pertinent, consideration, is that perhaps there’s only so much alt-country I can even take. My latest Neil Young purchase (Comes A Time) features the lyrical gem “In the field of opportunity, it’s ploughing time again”. It is followed by a song called Motorcycle Mama.