The man, with his guitars, piano and voice – and what a voice. I could never tire of hearing Elvis Costello croon.
I was so honored to get to sit in his front room (that’s what this setting felt like) and listen to him tell stories and sing for nearly three hours. Three hours without a break. I think we benefited from being the last stop on his Detour, named for how his family says your out on ‘de tour.’
I also got to introduce one of my favorite singers to one of my sons whom I knew would appreciate it. He was optimistic about enjoying it but came away a true convert.
It’s such a great feeling when your children are old enough to appreciate things you like, like great music.
So many great songs but when Costello stepped away from the mic and out to the front of the stage with his guitar and performed Alison, you could have heard a pin drop and you knew you were watching a legend.
Bonus: Costello found the perfect opening act in Larkin Poe – the guitar and vocal talents of this Atlanta-based sister duo is worth checking out. The folks that skipped the opener got a second-chance sneak peak at the end when they joined Costello on stage for several more songs.
Costello definitely has an eye for talent and is generous about introducing that talent to a new audience. I’m a new fan of Larkin Poe for sure!
Double Bonus: I loved the stage set. Simple, cozy and intimate. The giant old-time t.v. (now I’m feeling old) that showed family pictures and Costello through the years was brilliant. The set was laid out perfectly to showcase his guitar collection and vocals, piano skills and when he needed a minute to take it down a notch, his folksy, I’m in a chair with a cool hat singing for fun, side of the stage.