Written by Eddie Ferranti
Nov 09, 2007 at 08:00 PM
ImageWent to one of my favorite venues the other night to catch the Greencards. It was my fifth time seeing them and they just keep getting better. This Americana type band is anything but really. Sweet Carol Young and lightning quick Kym Warner are from Australia. Violin wizard Eamon McLoughlin is from England. They honed their chops together in the music nest of Austin Texas.

They had such success there that they now call Nashville their home. It is hard for me to believe how fast they’ve risen. They opened this evenings gig with “Movin’On” which used to be a show closer, showing how much they’ve added to their music arsenal. Some killer highlights were “Lonesome Side of Town” and “All the Way from Italy” from their latest disc “Veridian”. The show just flowed so well. “Man from Galilee”, a “Brazilian Jam” and “The Ghost of Who We Were” were sweet.

The tag on this band is blue grass music. As far as I’m concerned, it is BAD ass bluegrass! They can switch gears so effortlessly. The scorching version of “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” was evidence of how UN-bluegrass this band can be, complete with an inclusion of “Steam’s Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” crowd sing along.

Carol’s prowling, scowling beep bop stomp intertwines with the fever hot playing of Kym-no matter what he’s playing, be it mandolin or anything with strings except a violin, which Eamon burns! They added a killer guitar player this evening-whose name escapes me other than he had credits with The Flatlanders, and I’d really like to see more of that on a permanent basis. Carol took a moment to give props to her song writing favorites from Texas, citing Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett and doing a sweet Patty Griffin tune to prove it. Her voice can be so gorgeous and their harmonies together are first rate.

“Tommy Tom Tom” kicked ass along with the super crowd favorite “Life’s a Freeway”! I don’t want to forget to note what a crazy sense of humor this trio has, too. Quite hilarious really without slowing the tempo of the performance. In closing, I’d like to relate what Eamon told the crowd: “Let yourself step back from life’s worries and get “lost” in the musical, magical experience for awhile.” It was not hard to do that this evening………….God Bless the Greencards and I’ll be back. Have a nice Holiday season folks! I’m out.