2-10-10 Seattle, WA

Photos: by Jennifer Ryan McLeish / by Jen Jarboe
Video: Burn the Honeysuckle / Illegal Oyster / Shreveport / Shake the Chandelier (side view)

The Gourds
Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA

01. Hallelujah Shine
02. Boil My Strings
03. Kicks in the Sun
04. Out on the Vine
05. Raining in Port Arthur
06. Lament
07. Pine Island Bayou > Cotton-Eyed Joe (trad.) > Pine Island Bayou
08. The Gyroscopic
09. Luddite Juice
10. Best of Me
11. Burn the Honeysuckle
12. Blanket Show
13. High Highs and Low Lows >
14. 2000 Man (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
15. God's House
16. Ringing Dark & True
17. Ants on the Melon
18. Red Letter Day
19. S.F. Sorrow is Born (Phil May/Dick Taylor/Wally Waller)
20. Illegal Oyster
21. County Orange
22. Shreveport > Midnight Special tease (trad.) > Shreveport
23. Shake the Chandelier
24. The Tinys Variety Hour (Claude Bernard/Matt Cook/Travis Garaffa)
25. Fine Leather Truck
26. My Name is Jorge
27. Lower 48

Soundcheck: Dirty Blvd. (Lou Reed), Sea of Heartbreak (Don Gibson), You Gave Me a Mountain (Marty Robbins), Arthur (Ray Davies), Best of Me, The Flat Baritone, Kicks in the Sun, S.F. Sorrow is Born (Phil May/Dick Taylor/Wally Waller)

Special thanks to John Mollman, Jennifer Ryan McLeish, Jen Jarboe, sb443, and fubacca for the field reports. If anyone has audio/video/photos from this show, please email TheGourdsNews.


  1. Some additional notes: Claude introduced S.F. Sorrow is Born by saying they'd been turned on the Pretty Things a year ago in Seattle and that this was "a Pretty Things song, and it's psychedelic, so drop now if you have it." Banter line of the night, I'd say.

    Also, our relatively new Mayor (Mike McGinn) was at the show just hanging out unobtrusively towards the back. A good sign -- our former Mayor was notoriously hostile towards night life. We have a lame-ass local law barring musicians from having beer on stage (even in bars) and though there were plenty of Tecate bottles clearly visible nobody was harmed by or arrested because of them. Hooray.

    A great show. Too bad StanO wasn't there to record it for posterity.

  2. Good lord, the violent crimes I would commit to see the boys do Dirty Blvd.!!!!


  3. It was an outstanding night! Shinyribs really got the crowd warmed up and we were honored with his bassist as well.

    The guys were all in good form and good spirits, though Max, once again, dissed us by not appearing at Bad Alberts before Shinyribs. Thanks Max, thanks a lot ;)

    The show itself was outstanding, though I remain a bit sad that we got limited to one night. Mustard was so upset he boycotted them altogether, I told him he was just punishing himself, but he didn't care. He sat alone and cried. The guys didn't miss him.

    The Gourds made up for the one night stand by making a memorable night! Thanks guys!


    p.s. My mom came to the show and stared moony eyed at Keith all night (happy un-birthday Keith) and after the show noted that he really puts his heart and soul into those drums and that he is "sooooooooooooooo handsome"!

    Heartbreakers, each and every one.

    Have a great run, and wish we could make it to the next few nights! See y'all in July!

  4. A fun night was had by all before the show at Bad Albert’s and at the tractor. Shinyribs set was outstanding, and in particular I loved Country Cool. It was great to meet Kevin’s bass player Jeff and celebrate Keith’s b-day in fine fashion. Some of the band and an assortment of other riff raff showed up at Bad Albert’s, including the Missoula Mafia. JR, again on the down low, was in rare form and especially lubricated for the first night of this tour. It’s always great to see those guys and looking forward to another trip out to MT this spring to see those who couldn’t make it (especially Meg, we are thinking good thoughts for you this weekend!)

    The Gourds played an outstanding, energized show and the band was in great form. The set list was pulled together by John Mollman, and it’s always great to see him and finally meet his wife Kimberly (I hope it’s Kimberly b/c that’s what I was calling her!). I thought it was a great crowd though I neglected to ask Dan, the owner of the Tractor, how many tickets were sold but my guess is 250 or so. Not bad for a Wednesday night, I suppose.

    Set lists highlights for me included Lament, Boil My Strings, Best Of Me, High Highs (for Scratchcracker), County Orange, and a song that the boys played a ton of on their tour through the PNW in 2007 but one I hadn’t heard in quite some time, Fine Leather Truck! Now I know the bands library is just huge now, but am I ever gonna hear Blood of The Ram again? Kevin? Was my request too violent? Claude, do you really not have any clout regarding setlists? I’m really not complaining as I know there are many competing interests, I just need to hear it and Jericho again soon! It was a super fun night and I hope the rest of the trip through OR, ID and WY is safe and great for everyone. We look forward to the next time, and thanks for a great couple nights!

    Now go beat Duke, GO TERPS!!!!!