Rough Travel For A Rare Thing, the new live recording from Bill Callahan, opens with a quickly spoken, deadpan "Gonna get right down to business tonight" and launches immediately into the opener "Our Anniversary". This is Bill Callahan's first live LP and it presents quite a satisfying cross-section of his career (no pun intended- looking at the cover art). By no means is this a "best of" collection or a definitive representation of all of his work artistically. It is rather, a great place for newcomers to start with Mr. Callahan's large back catalog, and an article that fans will easily enjoy, anticipating his next appearance in town.
Bouncing onto the stage at his sold out Friday night performance at Bowery Ballroom, Justin Townes Earle and his two band mates, Bren Davies on upright bass and Josh Henley on fiddle, fired up the crowd with a rollicking rendition of "Poor Fool". The three followed up with the stellar "They Killed John Henry" and "Halfway To Jackson".