1-09-10 New Braunfels, TX

"2-gun salute" © Tomski

Photos: by Tomski / by Gruene Hall
Video: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

The Gourds
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Road
New Braunfels, TX

01. The Gyroscopic
02. New Dues
03. Dying of the Pines
04. Lower 48
05. Tex-Mex Mile
06. Trampled by the Sun
07. Mister Betty
08. Blankets
09. Luddite Juice
10. Burn the Honeysuckle
11. El Paso
12. Ants on the Melon
13. S.F. Sorrow is Born (Phil May/Dick Taylor/Wally Waller)
14. Balinese (Billy Gibbons/Dusty Hill/Frank Beard)
15. What Goes On (John Lennon/Paul McCartney/Richard Starkey) *
16. (the new way of) Greivin' & Smokin' > Frosty the Snowman tease (Walter "Jack" Rollins/Steve Nelson) > Greivin' & Smokin
17. Blanket Show
18. Right in the Head
19. Red Letter Day
20. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (Fred Rose) **
21. Country Love ***
22. Wild Night (Van Morrison)
23. Shake the Chandelier
24. Caledonia
25. Gin and Juice (Calvin Broadus, et al.) > Cupid (Sam Cooke) > Inchworm (Frank Loesser) > If You Want Blood (You've Got It) (Angus Young/Malcolm Young/Bon Scott) > Amarillo Highway (for Dave Hickey) (Terry Allen) > Gin and Juice

*Keith on lead vocals
**Not on the original set list & dedicated to a couple in the audience who had just been married a few hours earlier
***Original set list had Yoli Found a Possum b/t Country Love and Wild Night

Soundcheck: Old Man from the Mountain (Merle Haggard), Turd in my Pocket

© Amber Wagner

Special thanks to Tomski, Amber Wagner, johnnysnakehead, Ducktaper, Gruene Hall, and the team of G. Nelson & K. Hallowell for the field reports. If anyone has audio/video/photos from this show, please email TheGourdsNews.


  1. turd during soundcheck...repeat, turd during soundcheck....could this mean it's on its way back?

  2. Aw hell, the supercomputers at GourdsNews beat me to the setlist punch. And whaddya know -- theirs doesn't have any mistakes or holes, like mine done did. Still, their sterile, antispetic report doesn't accurately convey--or record for posteritee--just how astoundingly cold it was. These shows don't take place in a vacuum, after all. From now on I think each show report should include a weather and meteorologic breakdown, starting with barometric pressure readings and wind directions. Don't forget the pollen count. Then move on to the DHS color-coded threat assessment, and THEN get to the songs that were played.


  3. Nice, Snakey. J'accord on "sterile, antiseptic" set list-driven Gourds show reports. A thematic approach brings out the colors of the event, a sense of the band, the fans and surrounding land. One can even listen to the uploaded D3-supercomputer dopler-matrix recording of the show as far away as Ivarsland and not get the flavor of the evening. Reports from the front giveth more.


  4. Amarillo Highway... Oh my my, I wish I could've been there!

  5. ...Super high-energy. Best show I've seen in years.

    G. Nelson

  6. As steamy as Gruene Hall gets in August, it was twice as cold there three days after January 6. It was graveyard cold.

    Not sure how painful it was to strum metal strings under those conditions, but I felt sorry for the boys just because they couldn't warm their hands in their pockets like the rest of us. Full coats and hats for the band and crowd, though things did warm up as the night progressed.

    Highlights for me were a rare Dying Of The Pines, Lower 48 with Kev playing an acoustic guitar, a rollicking Mr. Betty and Luddite Juice, and a great string of Honeysuckle, El Paso and Ants that really got the crowd moving. Grievin' and Smokin' was extra rowdy.

    At one point in the night Jimmy's bass fell to the ground with enough of a sound that I thought it was thrown, but I guess his strap fell off. That explains the photos of him playing the bass almost like a violin, with Kev soon copying.

    S.F. Sorrow Is Born was amazing, though I think I heard Claude say they wouldn't be playing the song again. Maybe he just meant in Gruene Hall, since he predicted that it was the first time it had been played on that stage. Will have to hear the tape to confirm. It was fantastic. As was Wild Night. That one sounded to me like one they've been playing a long time. Hope that one hangs around a while. And it's always great to hear Keith sing, so What Goes On remains a treat.

    If it's Gruene Hall you know there will be a group of people in the back calling loudly for Gin & Juice, and this night was no exception. One snippet in the middle of G&J that I don't see on the set list yet is Inchworm.

    -- Tomski