Pat Green: Live Last Night
It's been said there's something in the water in West Texas that makes men write songs and sing 'em. From his party boy persona, you'd think water's just a chaser for Pat Green, a country rocker who got his career started in Lubbock. But he somehow got enough H2O in his system to catch the regional bug.
At the 9:30 club on Saturday, Green headlined a show put on by a booze producer and drank a lot of the sponsor's wares on stage. He talked a lot of about drinking and sang a lot about Texas, and fans in the sold out club screamed approval for both.
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They cheered even when Green, as on "Southbound 35," crooned about needing to get back to his home state to escape the "ocean full of Yankees." (The Governor of Texas recently proposed seceding lately; should he pull that off, residents of what's left of the USA won't miss songs about the former state.)
Green stayed true to his roots with "Me and Billy the Kid," a song he got from Joe Ely, one of his many Lubbock elders.
He changed the lyrics of "Here We Go" to take a shot at the Dixie Chicks, and during a speech about his own artistic relevance slammed Garth Brooks as a has-been for no apparent reason. Green said he put the song "Country Star" on his latest record to make folks in Nashville mad; in it, he pokes fun at singers who move to Music City and give up their pride to make it big. Ignoring the fact that the guy singing it is on the road shilling for a liquor company, it's a fun song.
The night had its non-musical highlights and lowlights. When bandmates started throwing things while he was attempting to toast the crowd with a shot of tequila, Green offered fiddle player Brendan Anthony $1,000 if he could flick a guitar pick into a shot glass from across the stage.
Anthony stunned Green and the crowd by actually accomplishing the trick. Soon enough a roadie brought out $1,000 in $100 bills and Green paid him off.
But the party ended on a nasty note. Green tried to slow things down during his encore with "In the Middle of the Night," a ballad about loneliness and the only song in his repertoire that talks about the ugly side of drinking. A fan up front who must not have liked the buzz-kill message gave the singer a thumbs down gesture. That caused Green to stop singing and launch into a dirty rant.
"That came from a place that's true to me!" shouted Green, who appeared genuinely hurt by the heckling. He then threw a $50 bill at his tormentor and asked him, with profanities, to leave.
-- DAVE MCKENNA
By J. Freedom du Lac |
April 19, 2009; 9:27 PM ET
Live Last Night
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