We saw Steven Page at Delmar Hall last week. Remember when I went to see Steven Page in 2010, right after he left BNL, and I complained his new group didn't seem to like him very much? Happily, he and his new trio appear to get along famously.
Famously, or infamously, or former famously: it's a topic on his new album, mainly on this new song, Shooting Star. (Skip the ad and listen to the link. It's so well crafted. Every time I listen to it I notice some new turn of phrase or pun or rhyme, and the music cascades into an eddy in my brain. Plus, and most important, I can't find a single error in the liner notes.)
He played old songs along with the new songs. Some old accompaniments have been completely revised. I think Jane is the one that was most changed.
The crowd was peculiar. Everyone seemed ... polite? Even I sat there with my hands folded in my lap. I saw more than a few people conducting an imaginary background symphony. Eventually, of course, everyone was standing at the end.
I don't know who books the acts at Delmar Hall, but they share my tastes. Squirrel Nut Zippers, Steven Page, and next month: Guster.