Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers
Went to the first show in the new tour featuring Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell. A very enjoyable and entertaining show. A couple of observations of the DB player:
1. Very good sound. It appeared to me he was using both a mic and a pickup, with an onstage amp. Maybe an older Acoustic Image? Not sure, it was kind of rectangular, compared to my AI Coda, which is shorter and round in the back. Nevertheless, a good sound. He played with a bow during the session with Edie Brickell.
2. When Steve Martin introduced him (Charles Humphrey) he said one of the advantages of having a DB on tour is that the bass doubles as a refrigerator. Then, when Martin was leaving the stage so SCR could play a couple tunes without him, he asked Charles for a beer to drink while he is off-stage. He swung the bass around backwards, and opened up a "trap door" that ran vertically down the back of the bass, reached in and pulled out a bottle of beer and handed it to Steve Martin. The bass sounded so good in the house that cutting into the back must not have hurt. Of course, he probably has several basses; I'm not adding one to my only instrument anytime soon.
Edie Brickell was very good. She wrote the lyrics to melodies written by Martin. Nice homey sound, with a good voice. The SCR did the backup work. All in all a very good time with lots of laughs.