From: Willy Keats
Subject: Villa Montalvo: report from Friday show
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2001 11:37:02 -0700

A short but sweet set, about 60 min. from appearing on stage to the "encore" (announced as such, since they never left the stage), opening for the legendary Flatlanders (how legendary? Apparently they are in the 8-track Hall of Fame, since their first album was released only on 8-track in 1972 or so). The Flatlanders were headlining on the strength of ... well, their 8-track legend, I guess, since they don't have a new album to support. For those of you who don't know or care, these guys are the hippie version of Texas country: Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Great singing, great songs and a million acoustic guitars. Nice new songs and various classics from their past. Two nice Townes Van Zant covers.

A great combo bill, but Dan would have been welcome for at least another 30 min. by the largely attentive audience. They started before the sun went down, so the lovely apparel was showing (swell shoes as usual, Dan!)

Dan was in "regular" form, not too surly, but not necessarily thrilled either.

This is the third time I've seen the "new" Hot LIcks and once again a third of the band was different. Bassist and lead guitar working with charts, guitarist struggling somewhat for the trickier unison parts. Nice twin fiddles in a couple of tunes. Is Brian the longest serving sideman in Hix history? They're going on over ten years by now.

Great choreography especially on "Chicken". Nice slo-mo conga lines! Also, Dan's fake guitar solo was well received.

Setlist from memory, not necessarily in correct order:
I Got Rhythm intro
Canned Music
Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy
Hell! I'd Go!
The Buzzard Was Their Friend
Shootin' Straight
How Can I Miss You?
I Scare Myself
I Get The Neck Of The Chicken
I Got Rhythm outro