Shovels & Rope @ The Bluebird 10/7

Opening for the wonderful Shovels & Rope this Tuesday at The Bluebird is John Fullbright. I have only good things to say about both acts, but you might need a little more help getting on board with John Fullbright, and I’ll tell you why it would be a big mistake to miss the opener this time around. The first time that you listen to John Fullbright, you may not be impressed. The second time you listen, you might realize that his voice and slow rhythms are appropriate for simply the right mood, but by the third time, you will be hooked. Some music you can register just that quickly, but in my experience, a really good song is one that gets better with each subsequent listen. Fullbright is a powerful songwriter, but if you aren’t paying attention, you might miss it. Turn to “High Road” if you are looking for a good cry, to “Never Cry Again” if you need something to keep you company, and “All That You Know” if you are feeling nostalgic. But don’t fret! Fullbright won’t bring you down too low; his “She Knows” will remind you just how much you love your dad and “When You’re Here” will put to words some inexplicable feelings about being with people you love. Word on the street is that when Fullbright does a solo act, he plays harmonica, guitar, and piano, and he has mastered them all. It should be quite an evening. And then, when you’re ready to move on to something lighter, Shovels & Ropewill come out and play some electric guitar, drums, and the kitchen sink. If you like a good dose of twang, be prepared for the multi-talented and married Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst and their windpipes to blow you away.