Saturday, February 28, 2009

Polly Wolly Doodle!

It sold out 3 weeks before the date--a record at the Narrows, according to memory. Leon Redbone brought his old timey understated performance to our loft Friday night, holding the crowd in the palm of his expressive mitts from the get-go.

It was "Polly Wolly Doodle," "Shine On Harvest Moon," "Diddy Wah Diddy," and more.

Accompanied by a pianist, Mr. Redbone, of parts unknown, expertly picked his guitar, never breaking a sweat, and never losing a beat as he chatted back and forth with his fans during the show. At times you could hear a pin drop as he quietly pondered if he had already done a song.

Although looking rather stand-offish in his trademark shades and hat, he was quite talkative and pleasant, never "breaking character" if, indeed, he is playing a character.

We salute you back, Leon, and look forward to Polly Wolly Doodling with you soon!

1 comment:

Noah said...

It is indeed true that Mr. Redbone never breaks character with the public. I once had the pleasure of booking him into a venue near Boston. The only restaurant nearby was a Bertucci's, and we fed the acts takeout. Upon being presented with the menu, I got the treat of Leon Redbone read aloud the cheesy description about how "tasting our lasagna is like taking a trip to Tuscany..."