the crowd at the stockyards was small due to the rain and threat of freeze, but mark made the intimacy of the venue work for him once he got some sound problems sorted out -- he's used to performing in theaters without microphones, and the rockaroll p.a. was putting out a lot more sound than he needed; at one point, chris fisher remarked, "i forgot how much voice projection you have." for the handful of people there, it was like having our own private mark growden show -- a good thing. (hopefully tomorrow night's performance will be better attended.)
accompanying himself on sruti box, accordion, and banjo, mark played a set that mixed material from his new album saint judas, other songs he's planning to record with his "tucson edition" band, and some unrecorded covers, done his own way of course (broooce's "i'm on fire," an adapted version of aretha's "i never loved a man," smokey robinson's "you really got a hold on me"). the solo format served to highlight the strength of growden's lyrics, particularly on two saint judas songs: "coyote" and "if the stars could sing." looking forward to hearing him again tomorrow night.
ADDENDUM: because i'm an idiot, i missed at dinner when mark said he doesn't eat meat anymore. mea culpa.