I had been looking forward to the Brewer & Shipley Band show with a co-bill of the great Jesse Winchester ever since I found out about it last November. I kept pinching myself that it was really going to happen. This was my dream show. Well it did happen and it completely lived up to my expectations of it. It was a thrill to be there both nights and let the great music soak in. This was Jesse's first shows in Missouri as far as he could recall and partially explains how the hell I had loved his music since 1971 but had never seen him. I have a couple of live recordings of Jesse's and I swear he is better now than when he recorded those. Besides sharing "Yankee Lady" this co-bill share remarkable attribue of having written great, great songs for over 40 years and then being such a wonderful performers too. Jesse mentioned that Brewer & Shipley were the first artists to ever record one of his songs and for that they would be going to heaven.
I could go on and on about Jesse but only have a short time to finish this, so let me turn to the B&S show. I have been at the last 3 Brewer & Shipley Wildwood shows, and each of the last two years I didn't think they could do better shows. WRONG! Larry "Gator" Knight joined them on lead guitar for the 3rd straight year and was simply superb. For this show the guys added their old bassist Steve Baker who is now a producer for the Public Television station in Boston, and that was a great idea. Gator & Steve were Brewer & Shipley's band in the mid-70s and played all over the country with them, including sharing a bill with Bruce Springsteen in Central Park. Oh the stories they could tell. For the Wildwood 2010 shows and the first time ever, another addition to the ensemble was Michael's brother Keith Brewer who has been a musician in bands since he was a teen. He added mandolin and harmonica which was a perfect addition to Brewer & Shipley's songs. Like I said, even with eleven months of anticipation the shows lived up to my expectations. They were magical. What a thrill
to see Michael, Tom, & Jesse perform their wonderful songs for us. I mean for goodness sakes, how remarkable that Michael, Tom & Jesse had written poignant songs about this time of the season, and here we were on those two beautiful October nights hearing Jesse sing "Yankee Lady" and then Brewer & Shipley sing "Indian Summer" within the same hour. "Your memory that's enough for me."