Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 4 Reviews

Jimmy LaFave
Sun Oct 3, 2:35 p.m.
Arrow Stage
Reviewed by Mark Hedin

Looking like modern-day buccaneers, Jimmy LaFave and his backing trio commandeered the Arrow Stage for a rowdy set of originals, Bob Dylan songs and obscure rockers.

"Buckets of Rain," from Dylan's mid-'70s album Blood on the Tracks kicked things off, followed by "Rock and Roll Baby," a song LaFave himself wasn't sure who wrote, that featured screaming leads from tattooed, Harley-gear-attired Telecaster-wielding Larry Wilson at stage right.

Drummer Wally Doggett brought out the brushes for "Just Like a Woman," while LaFave, dressed cap-to-boots in black, sang with eyes closed.

The Texan-by-way-of-Oklahoma kept the stage patter to a minimum as he led the band through "Deep South Delta Highway 61 Blues," from his 1992 CD, Austin Skyline. "Never Is a Moment," off 2001's Texoma began with an extended, melodic, Jaco Pastorius-like B-flat intro by electric bassist Will Landin and also highlighted keyboard player Radoslav Lorkovic in an extended solo.

Long-haired Lorkovic, wearing a black cowboy shirt, switched to accordion for another Blood on the Tracks number, "Meet Me in the Morning," in E.

"Only One Angel," with its long descending bass lines, LaFave said, was a song "Larry wanted me to play today. I'm taking requests from the band." Wilson, who's backed LaFave for well over a decade, said later he'd asked for that song because he wanted to hear it with Lorkovic's trilling accordion. Turns out this Strictly Bluegrass set was Lorkovic's first with the group. "It did it for me," Wilson opined backstage.

"Going Home," from Buffalo Return to the Plains and Jackson Browne's "Bright Baby Blues" followed, before the rousing piano-driven chestnut: "Rocket in My Pocket" - a song by Jimmie Lloyd Logsdon and Vic McAlpin popularized by NRBQ, among others - and the introduction of Aussie-by-way-of-Bolinas singer Aubrey Auld, who'd played the Star Stage the day before, for an upbeat, accordion-drenched cover of the Band's "The Weight."

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