10-11-09 Pittsboro, NC

The Gourds
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance
1439 Henderson Tanyard Road
Pittsboro, NC

01. Cranky Mulatto *
02. Old Man from the Mountain (Merle Haggard)
03. Country Love
04. Gravity Talks (Dan Stuart/Chris Cacavas)
05. Blanket Show
06. Long Gone Like a Turkey thru the Corn (Lightnin' Hopkins)
07. Trampled by the Sun
08. Omaha (Billy Joe Shaver/Hillman Hall)
09. Magnolia
10. Burn the Honeysuckle
11. Bean Bowl
12. Hellhounds
13. Steeple Full of Swallows
14. Pine Island Bayou
15. All the Labor
16. Plaid Coat
17. I'm Troubled (trad.)
18. My Name is Jorge
19. Lower 48
20. Gin and Juice (Calvin Broadus, et al.) > The Good Ol' Boys (Waylon Jennings) > Up on Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson) > Pressure Drop (Toots Hibbert)

*Closed the show with this the night before in Asheville, NC. When asked if opening the next day with it was intentional, Kevin said, "Yes it was. I still felt like it was going through us. Made sense to pick up where we left off" (K. Russell, personal communication, October 12, 2009).

Jeff Cook stands guard with a cigarette after the show

Special thanks to Terry Killebrew, JoyceAnn, and Chris Coleman for the field reports. If anyone has audio/video/photos from this show, please email


  1. Thanks to y'all for coming out to Shakori Hills. It was a fun show on a beautiful afternoon. I really dug the "Green on Red" cover. Come on back next year!

  2. so the silverhaired girlfriend/gourds fanatic and i trekked the long journey from pittsboro to shakori (worth going to on its own if only for checking out the old and neohippies, good vibes and varied musical offerings - ok a plug for my sister's zydeco band, the unknown tongues..); rescued a gorgeous eastern box turtle from the middle of the road on the way; a relative of the famous triple t (ask if you're interested in terrapin lore..), guaranteeing good karma we thought...and so it came to pass. the gourds were a bit late but set up really fast on the big outdoor stage. there were a lot of geezers (like me) in the moderate crowd; folks who had pretty clearly come just for the gourds. after the sound check (and claude's accordian could've been turned up a few buenas notches; they jumped right in, and when i looked around after the first few tunes (we were kickin' up the dust, as Kevin had tol' us to do) the crowd had increased considerably and gotten enthusiastic; i think that stoked em up and they proceeded to put on a hell of a show (and i'm not quite a cherry). i definitely think kev needs to put out a dvd on his moves; i might just get lucky if i could figger out how to do all that (nevermind while playing and singing..). anyway, i don't know how often they do daytime festivals, but they more than pulled it off sunday - even did gin&juice with a segue into some good covers as an encore (and i'm told by the expert they hate doing that song..). damn i wish i hadn't forgotten the camera. ok, so we (she) went back after and talked with jimmie and claude; i was suprised at how accessible (and nice and normal - oops, sorry, guys) they are. i may have to add them to my own addictions...last thoughts - helen, eat your heart out, ya shoulda come! and oops, if this is a variant on gushing mail about shows from new converts,
    xin loi, as theysay in vietnam.

    stephen garrity