Bob Lind

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Average User Rating 9.89
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Bob Lind at the Sylvia Theater with Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel
Venue/Date: Sylvia Theater (York, SC)
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March 26th, 2010
Reviewer: Smokey

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9.89
Bob Lind sounded better than ever as he stood on the stage at an intimate traditional looking theater. To see him there all alone, holding his guitar like it was mightier than the sword and the pen put together, was like all of the years of dreaming about what he would be like when listening to his recordings. After opening with an accapella introduction that had the audience mesmerized, he walked right into "Let It Go." He embraced the message of the song by both scatting a bit and closing his eyes to appear deep in thought. Proving that the years have been good to him, he included several rhythmic gestures that added life to the picture. Having the undivided attention of the audience in the palm of his hand, he told of the significance of the song "Gravity of the World" before playing it with as much conviction as if he had written it yesterday. His mellow take on "Bottle Of Wine" was worlds away from the familiar rendition by The Fireballs, celebrating the song in his own sincere manner. Now was a perfect time to spring the intense "Wearing You" at us, followed by the slightly laid back "Another Song About Goodbye." A real thrill for long time fans was the endearing "Truly Julie's Blues" which took on a more personal meaning performed acoustically. "Never Even There" and "Taking The Gamble" followed, sustaining the enlightenment of the whole show. "Exeter: The Wedding Waltz" was one of the most unexpected pleasures, the closest number to being a definitive love song as was presented. His vocal acrobatics on "How The Nights Can Fly" again showed how some just keep getting better with age. Opening act member Jamie Hoover joined him for "Cheryl's Goin' Home" and "Elusive Butterfly Of Love," making the timeless classics as much a part of now as they were the 1960s. The build-up to each song was as friendly to those who know his work inside out as they would be to any audience member who would say "Bob who?" of which hopefully none were present. He himself says he's not a celebrity during some of his build-ups and banter, though whether it's modesty that makes him say that or an effort to prevent heavy egotism, no doubt he's a major musical driving force to many who would buy his cds and attend his concerts, and thus he displayed an aura fit for a major star as he stood on the stage. I sure prefer this to a Kelly Clarkson concert. Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel of The Spongetones had gotten the evening off to a great start. Their sound was natural and sincere, and their camaraderie was quite endearing. They even dedicated a song to Jill Sobule, so what's not to love?! A beautiful combination of strummin' and pickin' with influence in British rock and roll, American folk music, and a bit of Spanish guitar. Working various string instruments, including a ukulele into the show was a special treat. Their work is worth seeking out.

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