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A great night of music at Eddie’s Attic with Aaron Lee Tasjan and friends

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Another Tuesday night has come and gone and once again the good folks at Eddie’s Attic supplied patrons with a damn fine night of tunes. Four killer acts took the stage in the intimate room and impressed the hell out of all in attendance.

The night was Aaron Lee Tasjan’s night to showcase his talents as he releases his new EP Crooked River Burning. His set list just keeps getting tighter and tighter every time I see him play. His playlist was a varied collection of tunes consisting of new, old, and covers. New tracks from his EP, “Everything I Have is Broken”, “Don’t Walk Away” and “Drugs and Junk Food” are made for the live arena with accompanying stories offering a glimpse into the origins of the songs. He delved into his Madison Square Gardeners Days with “Santa Monica and Vine” and live rendition of “Streets of Galilee” has turned into the hallmark of his live sets. His reworking of “Dirty Angels” (Kevn Kinney) does the song justice and his song about Judy Sill has become a favorite of many. He ended his set when fellow musician’s Tim Easton & Courtney Jaye joined him on stage, and the trio’s performance of a JP Olsen (Malefactors of Great Wealth/Beatkeepers) tune was a fitting close to the evening. Tasjan’s music is good enough on its own to warrant seeing him live, but it is his interaction with the crowd and storytelling in, around and between his songs that are the intangibles that make him a must see. Tuesday night was no different.

Before Tasjan took the stage the folks there were treated to a wealth of good music. Tim Easton, a magnificent singer/songwriter, delivered a powerful set of music drawing from his wealth of tunes. Based on listening to his various albums I was expecting a good show, what he delivered was head and shoulders above those expectations. He knows how to play to the audience and just like Tasjan he mixes in stories that set up his songs. He mixed in takes about seeing Journey live, getting into trouble as a kid and living in Atlanta, for a brief amount of time. He closed with “Festival Song”, a crowd favorite that becomes one of those traditional sing-a-long kinds of tunes.

Before Easton, Courtney Jaye hit the stage armed with a guitar and her sultry voice. It was my first introduction to her music and after hearing tunes like “Don’t Tell A Girl” or “One Way Conversation” I was hooked. This talented lady delivered a powerful set of tunes that stood on their own, no backing band, dance numbers or crazy costumes were needed. I guess that goes to show a well written tune and an attractive voice will trump a musical gimmick any day of the week.

If you didn’t get there early enough then you missed out on Eliza Rickman. She kicked things off with a set of sparse tunes carried through the room by her haunting vocals. Spending time playing an autoharp and accordion it was a nice start to the evening. She performed one of the best covers of “Ring of Fire” I have ever heard.

While most Tuesday nights are spent getting your legs back from the blunt reality of another Monday, ending the evening with a nice night of music is something that always helps. The artists that filled Eddie’s Attic with music this Tuesday night made the week a little more bearable bridging the gap to another weekend. Live music always makes things better and I always say never turn down a chance to go to a live show, and if any of these folks are playing near you definitely go see them.

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