If you’ve been paying any attention at all, then you know that I volunteered to host the Cincinnati stop of Richard Buckner’s ongoing Living Room Tour. I’m happy to report that the concert went off without a hitch last night. Yes, one of my favorite singers showed up at my house with a guitar case and a bag of records and was singing “Witness” from my high school homework chair just five minutes later. The word surreal gets thrown around a lot these days, but I can’t think of a better word to describe how last night felt.
You see, most of my dreams consist of random people who shouldn’t be together doing things that would never actually happen in the real world. But Scott really was hanging out at my dining room table. Charlie was sitting on the floor on some weird yoga beanbag-thing. My mom was tapping her toes. My dad was keeping noisy time on a can of Mountain Dew. People I’d never seen before were all over the place. Richard Buckner was singing “Lil Wallet Picture” with an all-robin chorus chirping along from the backyard. Making it even weirder and adding to the dreamlike quality of the evening was the fact that an old Chicago roommate who I hadn’t seen or spoken to in over a decade showed up (not even knowing I was the host). And he’s the one who introduced me to Richard Buckner’s music all the way back in 1997!
This all happened last night. At least I think it did. The truth is that I disregarded the old adage that advises “your third drink will lead you astray” and accidentally drank four beers. And the one with the polar bear on the label was a gigantic beer. I think it probably counted as three additional drinks. So last night is all kind of a blur…a big happy, awesome blur.
But anyway, enough with the rambles. Richard Buckner was great. I thought he might treat the show like an in-store performance and play a dozen songs, but he went all out and sang 23. That’s more than he played when I saw him at the Tractor Tavern last year. He played a wide variety of songs off albums ranging from Bloomed (1994) to Surrounded (2013). I think he hit all of his major releases except for Since. As always, here’s the setlist:
Setlist: Witness/Mood/Figure/The Worst Way/Dusty From the Talk/Collusion/When You Tell Me How It Is/Escape/Cradle to the Angel/Loaded at the Wrong Door/Surrounded/Born Into Giving It Up/Lil Wallet Picture/Ed’s Song–>Cut/Kingdom/Blue and Wonder/Julia Miller/Beautiful Question/Song of 27/Before/Put on What You Wanna/Gauzy Dress in the Sun
And here are some concert-related pics and scans including my usual handwritten setlist notes and Richard Buckner’s “Chair of the Night” Facebook update. Also, please notice that the real man showed up wearing the same outfit as Lil Lego Buckner:
Special thanks go out to Beth and Scott and Amy and Cranky for getting the word out on Twitter when I refused to get an account. Also, thanks to Richard and all the people who bought tickets. Everyone was a lot nicer than I thought they’d be.