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St Paul 2020 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Palace Theatre, St Paul, Minnesota; February 14, 2020. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Danny Sigelman,

“Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!” cried out Calexico lead vocalist, Joey Burns, to a full house at the Palace Theatre Friday night. Love was in the air for Valentine’s Day and the beautiful music of Calexico and the Tuscon, Arizona band’s most recent collaboration with Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) was on hand to serenade and cajole the romantic essence of a chilly evening.

Warming the hearts of all that were present, Beam and Burns played off one another all night as the collective on stage bounced about their collective body of songs. Performing most notably from their recent release together, Years to Burn (2019), which continued their initial partnership from 2005’s joint Years to Burn EP. Dipping into both individual artist’s catalogs, Beam remarked that the two forces chose which songs to choose from the other’s work to round out the very satisfying set.

Diving into the driving “Glimpse” from Calexico’s ‘96 debut record, Beam’s acoustic guitar coupled brilliantly, helping to embellish their unique style of Americana. Brandishing the cinematic lushness with breathy and contemplative vocal harmonies of “Sixteen, Maybe Less” and the lilting “Prison on Route 41”, the music brings to life the cross cultural and geographic synergy the collaboration provides. Displaying a spirit of comradery, love and respect among band members, there were many turns to feature different members with keyboard, accordion and trumpet solos and even an extended upright bass solo during the gothic instrumental “Red Dust”.

Offering a variety of styles with a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Bring on the Dancing Horse” which fit in with Calexico’s Cumbia vibes of “Flores y Tamales” right up with the Iron & Wine’s signature tune, “Naked as We Came” and a reworked, more somber version of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”. Teasing one another, Beam and Burns gave a bit of a Smothers Brothers touch to the proceedings, teasing and complementing each other’s contributions and personalities and love for working together.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Father Mountain 3:58
Track 102. He Lays In The Reins 5:29
Track 103. Follow The Water/Glimpse (Calexico cover) 8:43
Track 104. Sixteen, Maybe Less 5:54
Track 105. Prison On Route 41 4:25
Track 106. Red Dust/Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & the Bunnymen cover) 12:42
Track 107. Flores y Tamales (Calexico cover) 7:52
Track 108. Naked As We Came (Iron & Wine cover) 6:00
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. On The Road Again (Willie Nelson cover) 4:30
Track 202. Fortune Teller (Calexico cover with Madison Cunningham) 3:33
Track 203. The Bitter Suite (Pájaro/Evil Eye/Tennessee Train) 8:44
Track 204. I Lost It (Lucinda Williams cover) 3:27
Track 205. Midnight Sun 4:31
Track 206. In Your Own Time 4:15
Track 207. A History Of Lovers 4:50
Track 208. What Heaven’s Left (with Madison Cunningham) 9:45
Track 209. Dead Man’s Will 6:10
50 mins

Click here to order Years To Burn.

  1. 7 Responses to “CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE - ST PAUL 2020”

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    Thanks Big O - much appreciated

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