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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop August 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 6:30 so it was easy to make the 7:30 show. I arrived a couple of minutes early but soon it was time for Milton Busker And The Grim Work to play. They have a hint of a country sound mixed with Milton’s quirky pop and sometimes lock into a rocking groove. They opened with a song about madmen of yesterday and how nobody loves you. Milton and the drummer started clapping and the band launched into heaven knows there ain’t nothing we can’t do. They played a song about the Devil’s Hand and a touching song called Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm. They played another cool song then went to Milton’s last album, You Are What You Pretend To Be, for a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. They went back to his first album Dance Songs Volume II for Jesus In Chains and Milton let his soaring voice fill the room. He began Ordinary Day solo on the acoustic guitar and almost finished it when the band jumped in and played a rocking jam. As they eased off he finished the songs last few notes solo. They played a rocking song about parenthood and a 16 ton soul. They played a song called Gravity who’s chorus went “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near”. It reminded me of a conversation with another artist who said it’s the sad songs that are worth playing since they cheer us up. Gravity nicely defines that concept. They played a bluesy song called Lost Cause and a song about how a soul needs light. They played a song about letting you down an a cool cover by an artist that I did not know. They played a couple of fun rocking songs then tossed in a cover of Driver 8. They closed with Glad To See You Go and left me in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then headed for home.

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop January 7, 2017   Leave a comment

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’ve appreciated the well crafted songs that Milton Busker creates but usually only see him play solo acoustic. On Saturday January 7th he played with his band The Grim Work and nicely filled out the songs. There was a hint of a country sound but most of the night was a fun rocking affair. They played songs from his albums Dance Songs Vol ll and You Are What You Pretend To Be and maybe more. The opening song Gravity has an easy to hum chorus of “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near” and sounded cheerier than the lyric might imply. I did not know the next three but the first two sounded nice and the third had the band rock out a bit. They pulled out a super fun cover of Driver 8 and some of the audience began to dance. A song about the devil’s hand was fun then they did a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write, They played a song about falling on my sword for you then lit up the room with the mega-catchy Ordinary Day. They started it as an acoustic song, rocked the middle hard then ended acoustic. The next one sounded like a spiritual song as Milton’s deep resonate voice sang Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. Jesus In Chains kept the spirit flowing and Milton let our his powerhouse voice and filled the room. The next one was a fun indie rocker and they followed with Glad To See You Go. They pulled out a couple of covers, Bones by Michael Kiwanuka and This Little Girl of Mine by Ray Charles and made them sound great. The powerful Babies To War was an elegant plea for peace. I did not know the last four songs the band played but really enjoyed them.

It had been a long day, so I did not hang out for long. The walk home was easy and my heart was filled with great songs.

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis