LIVE: Michael Eck @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/10

Michael Eck at Caffe Lena

It’s not like singer-songwriter Michael Eck has been holed up in some deep, dark cave, hiding out. For the past several years he’s been rolling around from one area stage to another, as a member of the Lost Radio Rounders, as well as Ramblin Jug Stompers.

Or maybe you’ve seen him sittin’ in with Frank Jaklitsch. Or conducting onstage interviews with the performers for Caffe Lena’s Decades Concert Series. Or stepping up to the microphone to add his two cents at the recent Johnny Cash birthday tribute night.

But it’s been three years since he last dove head first into his old “maximum solo acoustic” mode, playing a full evening of his own music by himself.

In celebration of his brand new CD, “In My Shoes,” Eck did just that on Sunday evening at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. He hit the stage with the spitfire opener “The Gossip Train” and proceeded to rumble through 22 songs without a hitch.

He featured all but one of the selections from “In My Shoes.” He reached way back to his 15-year-old debut, “Cowboy Black,” for the title track and the encore, “The Queen of Rain.”

And he dropped in a few choice cover tunes as well, ranging from the sublime (Tim Hardin’s “If I Was a Carpenter”) to the obscure (Jackson C. Frank’s “Blues Run the Game”), even tacking a bit of Kristofferson onto the end of his own “Bottle Rocket.” All were imbued with Eck’s impeccable sense of drama and dynamics.

It was like he’d never been away…


The Gossip Train
Love’s Dark Reward
Whiskey For My Coffee
Kind-Hearted Woman
You’re a Mountain
A Month of Crows
Yellow Ribbons
Cowboy Black
One More Raindrop
Blues Run the Game (Jackson C. Frank)
Beyond the Blues (Peter Case, Bob Neuwirth, Tom Russell)
Do You Hear Me, Jesus?

Exit Wound
Dead Man’s Shirt
Bottle Rocket
Oh God
The Devil To Pay
If I Was a Carpenter (Tim Hardin)
You Silly Thing
Lillie’s Tune
In My Shoes
The Queen of Rain

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Michael Eck at Caffe Lena

1 Comment
  1. Kathy says

    It was a truly impressive show. I hope Mr Eck makes it a regular occurrence. The ebb and flow of emotions throughout each of his songs make them uniquely personal. Rather than merely listening, the audience feels like the songs are part of them.

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