The Brewery, Raleigh, NC
July 15, 1995

Source: Two Sennheiser 421s up on a stand > Marantz PMD430 cassette master > Tascam DA-20 (DAT, 16/48)
Transfer: DAT > Tascam DA-20 > M-Audio Audiophile USB > PC > Audacity > Izotope RX7 (small edits, normalization) > CD Wave Editor (re-tracking) > TLH > FLAC (level 8)

taped by Jim W, transferred by mrpember

This is a 16/48 recording

01- introduction by Skillet's mother
02- Bastards I Used To Know (aka Lucky Me)
03- Faithless Street (aka Angels Are Messengers From God)
04- Tennessee Square
05- Desperate Ain't Lonely
06- Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
07- Western Star
08- Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel (for Kathy Poindexter)
09- Drank Like a River
10- Captain Smith
11- string change boogie
12- Take Your Guns To Town
13- tuning / stage talk
14- Midway Park
15- Nervous Breakdown [Black Flag cover]
16- Revenge (aborted)

Total Time: 51:49


Ryan Adams: guitar, vocals
Caitlin Cary: fiddle, vocals
Phil Wandscher: guitar, vocals
Steve Grothman: bass
Skillet Gilmore: drums
Bob Ricker: pedal steel


Whiskeytown were the headliners on a bill with Kenny Roby and Chip Robinson / Steve Howell from the Backsliders. I wasn't at this show, my friend Jim W. taped it and was nice enough to loan me his cassette master to transfer to DAT a few years later. It's not the best recording but it is very listenable. I'm sure that he taped the opening acts but unfortunately I don't have those recordings.

This is an interesting early show, one of only a few with Bob Ricker who played pedal steel on their first album. The setlist image included in the folder is from Bob, I found it on my friend David Menconi's website for his book "Losering" about Ryan and Whiskeytown.

This show had the first known version of "Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel." It is interesting to track that song's development from a quiet Ryan / Caitlin duet at this show to the long, loud, guitar-soaked versions less than a year later.

I guess the most notable thing about the show is the ending. They seem to be done, they (or at least some of them) decide to play one more, it crashes and burns, Phil and Ryan insult each other on mic, and then they really are done. This was not a rarity at their shows.

mrpember, March 2021

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