Danny & The Parts and The Leatherbound Books at Sidebar Nobember 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Leatherbound Books pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at SideBar. It was a long work day and I got home and settled and had to scrape myself off the couch and push myself out the door. Once I got into the walking groove, I found a happy pace and cruised downtown. I arrived a few minutes late but the opening band was putting the final touch on their soundcheck so I hung out and settled in.

After a few minutes, The Leatherbound Books took the stage and played some beautiful songs. They played as a duo with Jackie Buttolph on bass and Eric Daniels on acoustic guitar. Both sang separately at times and sounded lovely when they sang together. They began in an all nonsensical way then invited us to look back and see that these were the days. They wondered if you would ever know my name then sang a breakup song for political affiliations. I guess we should have seen it coming. They sang about sinking like a stone while wandering the street then advised us to Save It For Later. They closed the set with Eric putting some distorted fuzz on the guitar while they played a Buzzcodks song I did not know, but really enjoyed. They play very well together and have an endearing sound. I’m so glad I was there.

After a short break, Danny LeFrancois took the stage. With an electric guitar, he opened with a hard to spot take on Tom Petty’s Don’t Do Me Like That which was really sweet. Eric joined him on bass, Jackie joined him on backing vocals and Brennan sat at the drum kit. With the full band assembled Danny & The Parts sang about how all my dreams float away. They followed with a high energy country rocker about how I don’t want to care anymore. Danny switched to acoustic guitar and the band suggested that maybe there’s a war against you. They pulled out a cover to prove that they are Tougher Than The Rest then sang about how you don’t ever listen to me darling. They played a cheery song about how now that we’re alone I’ve got a feeling that you wanna get home then returned to the boss for I’m On Fire. They got a little shoegazey for a song about this old place and a little bluesy for one about daddy. They seemed happy for the day then switched it up a little and had Eric sing Memphis. Jackie sang a cool song with a huge sound then Danny sang one about how I’ve been down that road. The band left and Danny played a couple of songs solo. One was about it taking so long and the other was about staying alive when you’re gone. The band returned and they rocked out a song about how they don’t really want to come down. They whole show was filled with comforting songs that rocked out now and then. Danny has a great sense of how to write a catchy song, and I’m so glad I was there to hear it.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. What a beautiful night.

 

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Danny & The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

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