6-21-09 Austin, TX

© earsup

Audio: by Larry Pillman

The Gourds
Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre
12225 Highway 290 West
Austin, TX

01. Country Love
02. Cranky Mulatto
03. Caledonia
04. Blanket Show
05. Red Letter Day *
06. Do 4 U **
07. Oh Sister (Bob Dylan)
08. Gravity Talks (Dan Stuart/Chris Cacavas)
09. Pair of Goats
10. Cracklins > Dueling Banjos (Arthur Smith/Don Reno) > Cracklins
11. Pine Island Bayou > Cotton-Eyed Joe (trad.) > The Eyes of Texas (John Sinclair) *** > Pine Island Bayou
12. Soul Man (Issac Hayes/David Porter) **** > I Like Drinking
13. Fossil Contender
14. Amazing Grace (John Newton) > Hallelujah Shine
15. Old Man Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit? (Lead Belly)
16. Blankets
17. Fire on the Bayou (Leo Nocentelli/Cyril Neville/George Porter Jr./Ziggy Modeliste/Arthur Neville) > Burn the Honeysuckle
18. All in the Pack > I Fought the Law (Sonny Curtis) > All in the Pack
19. Nuevo Laredo (Doug Sahm)
20. Tex-Mex Mile *
21. I Come Up >
22. All the Labor
23. El Paso
24. The Tinys Variety Hour (Claude Bernard/Matt Cook/Travis Garaffa)
25. Lower 48

* Kevin's son made a brief announcement following this song. See Ducktaper's comment below
**Portland version
***Kevin confirmed he was not playing I've Been Working on the Railroad (K. Russell, personal communication, June 26, 2009)
****As part of the opening act, Claude dressed up as one of The Blues Brothers and performed with the children's dance troupe, Grupo Infantil de Danza, from Lala Garza’s Day Care

Note: Kevin and Keith talk about this show in the comments section.

Special thanks to Ducktaper, Larry Pillman, earsup, and Mary M for the field reports. If anyone has audio/video/photos from this show, please email TheGourdsNews.


  1. The coolest thing of the whole day was Harlan Russell. There were tons of toddlers and kids dancing on the pavement in front of the stage. At one point (you can see in the setlist) he walks on stage as they are finishing a song. Kevin notices him and grabs him and says, “Harlan, do you want to say something?” He holds Harlan up to the mic and he grabs it and says: “Thanks for coming I hope y’all are having a good time!” Or something equally that elegant. Then at the end of the set, before the encore, he gets back up there and thanks the crowd again. Dang hilarious. That kid is one sharp cookie. He keeps me in stitches.


  2. "Free Shmee. Where's my damn ice cream?" (Helen, Cucurbitaceae Message #81803)

    Boys could have used some ice cream yesterday with the 100+ degree sun bearing down with not a trace of shade, except when max would move so far to stage left that he could not be seen in same view of band but was in the shade.

    ACL survival techniques employed, cold wet rags kept keith alive. jimmy commented on venue logistics, "we know what not to do here now", play 5 to 7 p.m. in summer.

    so band should be in fine condition for any pansie ass pacific northwest heat after this training event.

    - EnA

  3. Extreme conditions for the first half of the set. The band was obviously struggling, IMO, for the duration. Not to say it was less of a performance. But, more that we were pysically challenged by the direct sun and 100 degree temps. Encore discussion led to Claude saying, "We've got shade now, let's play keep playing."

  4. What was Keith Langford thinking about while he was up there playing in that heat? A high school parade, of course: "[It was] the 'battle of flowers parade' in San Antonio...hot high school band uniforms in the SA heat downtown. I heard Julie Davila (the cymbal player) behind me...her cymbals crashed on the pavement as she passed out from the heat...many more kids suffered the same fate" (private communication, 6-27-09).