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    Default Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    I look forward to reading reviews and thoughts people post after shows. After the Santa Monica Mountains event I pestered Soda with so many questions Ė everything from what Timothy was wearing to how high the stage was. Iíve tried to get down a lot of details and I hope Karen and anyone else who was there will correct anything Iíve misremembered or just missed in general. Itís long, but I enjoyed reliving it all. Thanks for indulging me! My pictures aren't great, but I love looking at other peoples' so I wanted to include some. I resized them and really hope they don't cause issues at this size. If they do, please let me know and I'll resize further.

    City Winery Atlanta is a packed place but if you get the chance to see someone you really enjoy there, take a deep breath and do it because youíll rarely have a chance to be closer to a performance!

    I got there at 6:00 when the doors were scheduled to open, but sound check ran long. There were a handful of people there who tried to catch him around 4:00 on his way in. One guy saw him arrive with Hank, but was told by someone with them that it wasnít a good time to ask him to sign things. He asked if signing after the show was a possibility and Timothy heard him and turned around so we were hoping the idea was in his head. (I was really hoping to see Jean but she apparently wasnít with him when he arrived and I didnít see her during the evening.) It was fun to sit and chat with other fans including someone at my table who had been at the show in Nashville the night before. I also met a woman with her 9-year old daughter who had done every kind of chore to earn a trip from south Florida to see her favorite singer. Timothy said something from the stage once about her dancing, so he definitely saw her. I saw Hank was talking to them after the show and I hope she got to meet him. My tablemate said in Nashville Timothy didnít come out after the show but Bobby Carlos had taken cds and things backstage for him to signĖnone of that in Atlanta. General word in the crowd was he was headed home after the show. Herman and Chris Farmer hung around on stage and a few people had them sign cds.

    It was great to have the set list that rcknalwys posted from Nashville. I kept up with it and then ended up getting Chris Farmerís printed set list. Bobby Carlos was also nice enough to get me one of the white guitar picks Timothy tossed on the floor during the show. Yep, he just dropped them on the floor at his feetÖover and overÖ It was a little painful to watch, not being sure Iíd be able to get to one. The people around me were better behaved so I was the instigator and Bobby Carlos was resigned to having to deal with me about a set list and pick, so I got these souvenirs.

    Speaking of souvenirs, they had the cd on sale for $20, but that was it. No shirts. Nothing Expando related.

    On to the show Ö Timothy was relaxed and very charismatic on stage. After watching his recent appearances in Nashville, I knew heíd be in fine, strong voice, but I honestly wasnít expecting it to be so fine and so strong! There was no air in it; he was crystal clear and amazing! His guitar playing was impressive too. The stars align when he puts that bass on, but it was really something to watch him strumming acoustic most of the night. He played for 2 hours and was on stage the whole time. He opened by thanking us for choosing him over the presidential debate. One More Mile and My Hat were flawless. I canít even describe how happy I was to see him do The Shadow. It is one of my absolute faves from his catalogue! Iím sure I had such a goofy grin on my face during that one. Before starting Red Dirt Road he talked about it being inspired by Kauai rather than the south. He seemed really happy with itóquite peppy especially during the fiddle parts. The fiddle player was the same guy who was on Music City Roots with him and Timothy said that he normally plays in Travis Trittís band. He played harmonica on Ella Jean and told the story of Jean being in Hawaii on a trip that was extended a few times and that being his inspiration for writing it.

    When there was a short delay in the guitar switch to his bass for White Boy from Sacramento (ďMy life in 5 minutes. Youíll know everything there is to know about me.Ē), he treated us to a little tap dance! About the switching of instruments, Iím shocked the man has any hair left at all with all the switching between acoustics, the bass, and an electric plus on off with the harmonica a few times. It seemed like his hair was getting pulled a lot. Next was Downtime, which I love (canít you just picture him driving down to the ocean to clear his mind!?) and the band intros. During band intros he said Hank was the one with the great hair which was a funny moment. Then they rocked Parachute.

    After Parachute, everyone else left the stage and he did Itís Alright.

    Then he said ďIt has only been 9 months ÖĒ and there was an audible sigh in the room. ďHereís a song Glenn sang.Ē He was probably 6 feet away from me and to me he was visibly shaken. He closed his eyes, inhaled deeply and did Peaceful Easy Feeling for Glenn. This was no throwaway performance. The pain is clearly there. Itís a softer pain than at the Grammys where it was so raw. You could hear people singing along softly. This voice keeps whispering in my other ear / Telling me I may never see you again. Tears. It was poignant Ö sad and beautiful. Afterward there was a standing ovation and as it quieted he gestured to the audience and said ďThatís for Glenn. Thatís for Glenn, too.Ē Here's just a few seconds of video if you want to get an idea how it sounded. (If the video link doesn't work right, I'll try again.) http://vid350.photobucket.com/albums...pszj645gxk.mp4

    Next up the band gathered around him for Keep on Tryiní. Earlier someone had yelled out ďPocoĒ and he had responded ďItís coming.Ē So before starting it he said ďSomeone out there wanted Poco?Ē I donít know a lot about technical music things but I think I could tell when he did this last week at Music City Roots that the key has been changed. I thought it was great. No one is 30 years old forever. He wasnít reaching for notes at all. I love the nostalgia of it. To me, he doesnít always look like he loves singing it, but last night he looked like he did. I wondered if doing it right after the tribute for Glenn provides a different perspective on singing it.

    I think it was after this song that someone yelled out ďMore PocoĒ but he didnít hear what was said so he said ďWhat?Ē which prompted several people to yell out things and he said ďI should know by now not to engage.Ē But he was laughing when he said it. Also around this point in the set he remarked ďHow do you think that debate is going? Thanks again for coming out on a Monday night.Ē

    Next were Friday Night and I Refuse. I love that of all the choices he has, it's Bobby Carlos out there playing bass.

    I also took a few seconds of video of Friday Night and I Refuse, but they ended up running together on my phone. http://vid350.photobucket.com/albums...ps4av0kpii.mp4 He played electric guitar on I Refuse and this, along with Parachute earlier in the set really rocked. The friend who went with me was a little surprised by these! This was not the folk singer who also sings I Canít Tell You Why, which is sort of how he had him categorized. Secular Praise is my favorite from Expando and it was next. Then I Canít Tell You Why and A Good Day. When the tables around me had been talking earlier in the night I had said that I was OK if he dropped I Canít Tell You Why and LWKUA because I could move on and hear more of the new stuff, but in hindsight there really is just something about those first bass notes of I Canít Tell You Why. Turns out heís right. Itís something people want (even if they donít think it is!). And, like with Keep on Tryiní if he was doing it solely out of obligation, it didnít show. And he told the familiar story about taking parts of songs to Glenn and Don and them choosing ICTYW to work on. He said thatís all the story he remembers because they were making music AND having fun. I hope this video works so you can hear how great he sounded after nearly 2 hours. http://vid350.photobucket.com/albums...pshgfljwkz.mp4



    Encore was I Donít Want To Hear Anymore and Love Will Keep Us Alive.

    He was very generous about pictures. Never said a word. I couldnít see much of what was going on beyond the few tables near me. A lot of people didnít take any. There were 12 people at my little table row and probably half of us took between 6 and 10 pictures. I grabbed the few seconds of video so y'all could hear how he sounded. One person had her camera up for 75% of the show. I donít know if she was videoing or waiting for the perfect still shots. Timothy gave her the stink eye a few times and I totally expected him to say something but he never did. I think I got stink eye once but he looked in our direction a lot and my camera was down most of the time! I definitely wasnít trying to take advantage of his generosity in that area. The last line in my notes was about his shoes. I'm not sure I've seen many people comment here about his shoes, but I can't be the only one that notices how nice his shoes are. These were brown boots and they were fabulous!! I hope some new dates come out soon ... I'd go again tomorrow!

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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    Oh, my gosh, Gemini, that was a fantastic recap of the night's events!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The pictures and the video of Timothy were a real treat. He just looks and sounds sooo good.

    We're so lucky to have these great reviews from Nashville and now from Atlanta. As I have already said elsewhere, I absolutely cannot wait until it's my turn to see his live show. You gals really brought it home to me how wonderful it is, and I'm so pleased you were able to make it.

    Awesome job, Gemini. Thanks again. Big hugs!


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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    This is awesome, Gemini, thank you so much.

    He looks 35 years old in that electric guitar video.

    His voice sounds better than ever.

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    Thank you for the detailed review.

    What I love about the setlist is that he's covering all bases. He hasn't forgotten he's promoting his new album, he plays deeper cuts from his solo career and finally delivers the old favourites. PEF seems a perfect choice as it's something that everyone associates with Glenn but that also suits Timothy's voice and style.
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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    Thank you for sharing, Gemini! The details are fabulous and I like your pictures.

    So you got a guitar pick, right? Does it have Timmy's name on it?

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    It does. Name on one side. Leap of Faith on the other.

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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    Gemini, that was an awesome review! Thank you so much! I loved the commentary along with the pictures! And I haven't had time to listen yet, but I certainly will soon! I felt like I was right there with you!
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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    Great review-very thorough. Sounds like it was a great show!

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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    Awesome review Gemini! I'm so sorry I didn't see your PM before the show so we could have met up. I've been to quite a few of Timothy's solo shows and I have to say I've never heard his voice sound better either. Maybe it's well rested from not touring at all in over a year, I don't know but he really did sound perfect and strong. I didn't take pictures at all until a few towards the end. I was sitting in the front seat directly in front of Timothy so I think it would have been pretty annoying for him and literally in his face I was leaning on the front of the stage all night. I've had great seats for some of his shows before but this was just amazing. He really couldn't miss me and gave me a little low wave as he walked to the microphone for the first song. A few songs before the end of the show Timothy walked around the stool where his stuff is and handed me a guitar pick. And I got his setlist from Bobby at the end so I came home with a couple of souvenirs too!

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    Default Re: Atlanta, GA at the City Winery - Sept. 26, 2016

    I was either at the next table from you or maybe the 2nd table from you. My seat was also the first seat right at the stage. I absolutely saw that low wave when he came out. Were you facing toward Hank or Chris. You can probably tell where I was from the pictures ... I was right in front of Chris facing toward Timothy and Hank. Were we facing each other a table away all night??

    PS, I just PM'd you again to see if you could help me remember the name of a certain Poco song.

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