Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bryan Dunn @ Rockwood Music Hall

Bryan Dunn
@ Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY - December 30, 2009

After ten years and just about 500 shows, I was feeling in an obviously reflective and philosophical mood. The many sounds and scenes of various size and scope all felt very alive together in the waning days of this decade and what better place to think about it than at a place like the Rockwood Music Hall and with an artist like Bryan Dunn. Bryan's intimate song-writing has reminded me of classics like Springsteen and contemporaries like Ryan Adams. His love of country makes me think of Old Crow Medicine Show and Langhorne Slim. And his addiction to Prince's "Kiss" (and if you catch him on a quiet night, Cameo's "Word Up") reminded me of the soul and funk I picked up over the last ten years. It would be utterly ridiculous to put the weight of a decade's worth of music and music learning on one artist. It would be highly more fitting to simply take it in and say "This is what it has been all about".

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