Artist: Jennifer Castle
Songs: Crying Shame + Tomorrow's Morning
Recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern, December 21, 2016.
Once again celebrating the dark night of the winter solstice with warm friendship and gorgeous music, Jennifer Castle mixed recent faves (including a beautiful set-opening "Pink City" with Brodie West on sax), reinvigorated older pieces ("One Two Three" and the title track from aught-eight's You Can't Take Anyone) and a whole bunch of new material. Backed for the first half of the show by Jonathan Adjemian on piano (who rolled through the first half-dozen songs almost as a continuous suite), her vocals were also adorned by Vic Cheong and Isla Craig (IC/JC/VC in effect!). There was some darkness and mortality creeping in, with titles including "The Angels of Death" and "The Grim Reaper" (although introducing the latter, Castle commented "it's not as bad as it seems") — and following them there was also "The Silver Lining". The lyrics added to Castle's deep storehouse of pithy, sage maxims ("it's a shame that I thought this river knew my name", "can I band-aid this gash / with coffee and hash?", and on and on) and she departed with a "see you in the spring", so look for a return to these parts as the seasons change once again — as they inexorably will.