Putting aside the enthusiasm of the fan base for each of the performers for a second, the one-nighter revealed both the pluses and minuses of the round-robin concert format.
On the plus side, fans of any of the three esteemed leading ladies got a nice sampling of work by the other artists, including musicians’-musician guitarist Buddy Miller.
Pleasure, too, came from hearing each performer fill in spontaneous background vocals and harmonies on the songs of the others.
The downside is that, with a gap after each song and winging-it stories and jokes, the concert never built momentum, ending when the requisite number of rounds was complete.
When the final song was sung, I felt a pleasant evening had passed, but none of the very talented women had delivered a performance that sent me running to find its CD equivalent.
Did you make it to the show—or to the similarly structured Lyle Lovett/Joe Ely/Guy Clark/John Hiatt show last season? If so, please share your thoughts.
Or tell what singer/songwriters you’d like to see in this format?