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Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Amy Helm at Shelburne Museum July 23, 2017   Leave a comment


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at the Shelburne Museum. The show was set to start at 7 so a little after 4 I drove to Shelburne and had dinner with my brother. I then took the short drive over to the museum and got in and parked. It was a lovely warm day and I got a beer and wandered around and finally found a place to sit in front of the soundboard next to Raph Worrick. Soon enough Amy Helm and her band took the stage. Their sound had a classic rock feel with hints of country and gospel. She has a lovely voice and is an engaging front woman. The rest of the band were a woman on guitar thought she played it like a pedal steel, a drummer a bass player and a guy on guitar. Their eight song set featured songs like Didn’t It Rain, Rescue Me, Strong Enough, Do You Believe That She Loved You, and Deep Water. A cover of Allen Toussaint’s Yes We Can got the crowd bopping. Amy and the bass player sang an old gospel song called Gloryland A cappella. They closed by rocking hard on Only You Know And I Know and I was in a happy place.


Amy Helm and band pic by Tim Lewis


The set break was pretty reasonable then Elvis Costello and The Imposters took the stage. Elvis played guitar and sang and was joined by a keyboard player, bassist, drummer and two backing singers. The tour was called Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers and they played most, if not all of the album. I’ve never been a super huge Elvis fan but really like a lot of his songs and was happy to go with the flow of whatever he played. The audience rose to it’s feet as the band opened with (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes and stayed standing for the rest of the night. I did not catch the second song but before the third he teased a couple of his hits then settled on Accidents Will Happen. Everyone was having fun. The band sounded great and Elvis has a quirky voice that was lovely to listen to. I did not know most of the songs but enjoyed them all. Late in the set he talked about detective shows and said he got his sense of how to dress from Columbo. Watching The Detectives had a nice groove and made me smile. A few songs later they played You Little Fool and wrapped up the 15 (or so) song set with Pidgin English. Though they played a lot of songs it wasn’t that late. They went on around 8 and wrapped up around 9. The encore call was quick and Elvis returned with just the two backup singers for a super sweet Alison. He moved over to the piano and sang a couple more including a song called Blood & Hot Sauce. Keyboard player Steve Nieve came out and the two of them played a couple of cool songs. The rest of the band came out and they played a few more including Man Out Of Time. They ended the night in familiar territory with Every Day I Write The Book and a revved up Pump It Up, then finished with (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace Love and Understanding. The show wrapped up right at 10 so yea, it was an hour long set and an hour long encore. The night was filled with beautiful playing and fun songs and I’m so glad I went.



Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis



Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis