@mdjabber HAHAHAHAHA! I don't personally view it as that, but I know those that do, hence why I say that. But I get it. To be honest, I haven't come across a Spafford song, cover or original, that makes me think, "I could use the bathroom now."
In my defense, what are the chances of the same make and model vehicle arriving on the same corner at the same time? Sad as those balloons may have been, I challenge anyone to wrangle three giggle heads off the streets of Wooklyn in my condition and be successful on the first attempt. That said, great review my man...and yes, I blew it. LOL
I frickin love Spafford unplugged. They sound so good on wood and it’s captivating to watch them use their musical skills and expressiveness to work around the absence of effects. This Delaney > Plans is top tier Spaff ... Ima keep liStening for a while
The recording does no justice to the way their whistles sounded in that hall. It wasn’t a long show but the playing was exquisite throughout and they moved the crowd through bliss and filth and untz with a deft touch
I love your review, Lisa! What a fantastic show, too. Short thought that ATW may be, the sax part is so fucking good. And I've liked Lovesick > Soil since it debuted last winter, but I'll admit I never wholly fell for it until my first chance to see it last weekend in Billyburg. Damn, that song packs a whole shitton of feeling and philosophies into its 1-2 punch. Hope we get to rage a show together someday soon! Keep it nerdy :)
It all started back in 2009-10 with Brian and Jordan doing open mics in Prescott, and in 2011-12 evolved into the format that Spafford is today.
I started seeing them at the Sail Inn and other AZ bars in 2013, and this is when they started getting known locally. 2014 was a big growth year, expanding out as a regional touring band around the West Coast and Southwest.
2015 may personally still be my favorite year seeing the band. They played some notable shows including in Colorado and Vegas that helped get them more noticed on the national stage. 2016 started off a bit slow, but in the Fall played their first shows in Chicago and the Midwest, and then their first East Coast shows on NYE after Phish in NYC (also first time they didn't play AZ for New Years).
They rode that momentum into 2017 and played some bigger festivals (starting with Summer Camp), and really started touring full time on the national scene. In the spring of 2017, Nick left the band and Cam came on board, giving us the band as we know it today. 2018 expanded on that, playing basically all the national festivals this summer and continuing to grow considerably with their sound and fanbase.
2019 starts with Jamcruise, and I think we should only expect things to keep going as they have been. The band is passionate about delivering great shows each night, and constantly progressing as musicians. We've developed a great community around this band, and that gives them all the more motivation to keep going. Glad to have you here, hold on for the ride!