Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Dungarees / Mike Plume Live in Edmonton Nov.12th 2016

Last Saturday Cuz, Buzzard and I went to the Mike Plume and The Dungarees show at the Needle Vinyl Tavern here in Edmonton. The only reason I wanted to go to this show was to see Mike Plume. This would be my tenth time seeing Mike in concert and first time I have seen him open for someone. As for The Dungarees, I had heard there name around recently having opened for Dwight Yoakam and being in the running for the Project Wild contest.

Well, you know what Mom always said, if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything, so I will pretty much take that road on this review. This show was billed as Mike Plume with The Dungarees, so I figured it was a Mike Plume solo show, but much to my surprise after Mike opened the show with one song solo, three musicians that I had never seen or heard before took to the stage to back-up Mike. What the hell was this, this wasn't Mike's usual band of Ern on drums and Ben on bass, instead Mike had the Blues Puppy Trio backing him up which is Sean Riquelme on guitar, Rob Newhook on bass and rounding out the trio Riley Chernoff on drums. Nice to see Mike giving the kids a chance. But to me, I want to see the real Mike Plume Band. The kids did a decent job, but it wasn't your usual Mike Plume show, his setlist was much different then usual, not one of his better song selections for the show, but having said that he did do some songs you don't get to see him play very often "Sweet Oblivion", "Remembrance Day", "Five Crow Silver". But he left a lot of his more popular songs off his setlist. The guys playing with Mike seemed to really be enjoying themselves and making the best of their opportunity. All and all his hour long opening set wasn't one of the better shows I have seen him play.

Mike Plume.

The headliner of the evening was local country band The Dungarees. I knew nothing about the band but gave then the chance to impress me. Well, they didn't impress me. Their music to me is just middle of the road commercial country music made for radio. They are good at what they do, good musicians and all, just not my cup of tea. However I did like when they had Mike Plume join them on stage for three songs, two of them Plume songs and then a cover of "The Road Goes On Forever" a song wrote by Robert Earl Keen and made popular by the country supergroup The Highwaymen. What was funny about Mike doing this song was that he sang the whole song while reading the lyrics from his cellphone, can't say I have ever seen that done before. It actually sounded pretty damn good. It was after the three songs with Mike that we bailed on the rest of The Dungarees set. I was also surprised about the small turnout for the show. Nonetheless a fun night out. Good times!!!

In concert news...Mike Plume is scheduled to be playing The Needle Vinyl Tavern again on Thursday January 26th 2017.

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