It doesn’t matter which day of the week it is Eddie’s Attic always comes through with a fine night of music. The atmosphere is laid back as true music lovers fill up the intimate room with little worries about the music being interfered by obnoxious chatters. This past Tuesday patrons were treated to three incredible songwriters as Aaron Lee Tasjan, Caleb Caudle and Faye Webster took to the corner stage.
Tasjan and Caudle were wrapping up their whirlwind tour and chose Atlanta as their final destination before returning to home. The travelling troubadours showed no signs of road fatigue as they both delivered powerful sets that spoke to the mesmerized crowd. Playing tunes from their respective new records those in attendance were treated to new tunes, old tunes and a couple of great covers.
Aaron Lee Tasjan continues to impress me with his live performances. Already a proven songwriter it is his transformation into a storyteller, along the lines of Kevn Kinney or Todd Snider, that has elevated his music to another level. Using vivid imagery and interaction with the crowd he told tales of growing up in Ohio, about Judee Sill and the night he and fellow musician Tim Easton made only $66 for a performance. His lighthearted lyrics hooked people and his bad ass guitar playing put them in awe and when the night came to a close long time fans were satisfied and newbies were angry they hadn’t listened to his music sooner. The song “Streets of Galilee” has become his signature closing tune. Full of jangly guitar the coming of age song connected with listeners and when he talked about what got him interested in music it truly grabbed the people’s ears. Other songs such as "Don't Walk Away", "Santa Monica & Vine” and “Everything I Have Is Broken” sounded great and when he dove head first into Kevn Kinney’s “Dirty Angels" he made it his own refusing to give us a carbon copy. When the house music came up I think the folks there wanted more but Tasjan had left it all on the stage.
This was my first introduction to Caleb Caudle live. I have to say I went in with pretty high expectations and all were exceeded. The North Carolina/New Orleans songwriter delivered a night of emotional songs about love, life and loss. He sets up his songs with back stories getting the crowd anxious to hear what he has to say before bowling them over with his personal tunes. With each song he dug deeper inside himself displaying his soul for all to witness. Songs about his grandmother, his home state of NC and lost love touched folks creating an environment that was much different than your usual run of the mill music show. The songs “Monday” and “Trade All The Lights” from his latest LP sounded incredible live and he offered up a nice Caitlin Cary cover. His live performance of “Cicadas & Hydrangeas” was one of the best choices of the night. While Caudle may not be a household name this country crooner keeps proving it needs to be as he traverses the country delivering heartfelt live shows and soul wrenching albums. When he said his final adieus the room was abuzz about the young singer/songwriter and what they had just witnessed.
Faye Webster started the night off setting the stage for Tasjan & Caudle. The young singer took the stage with the confidence of a 40 year veteran and proceeded to deliver a short but sweet set of music. The Atlanta musician armed with her recently purchased craigslist guitar and a bold attitude grabbed the crowd’s ear from the first note that left her mouth. She could have been playing a shoebox and a rubber band because her sultry voice owned the room. The songs from her album Run & Tell had a different vibe with the electric guitar but that wasn’t a bad thing and the single “Wrong People” sounded great. Webster set the bar pretty high to start the night letting the other singers know they had to stand up and deliver. You need to go listen to her music; she is another example of the great local music Georgia has to offer.
When the music ended most people didn’t want to leave because they needed more from the trio of singers. Each performer put their talents out on display and were given a warm reception by the Atlanta audience, even if only one guy was excited about Caudle’s reference to The Spaghetti Incident (look it up). All three find themselves playing in Atlanta off and on and I highly suggest you go give them a listen. You throw your support their way and get some damn fine music in return. Like I have said before you can never go wrong with an evening out at Eddie’s Attic.