Jan. 23, 2003
Lou Lord just happened to pick one of the coldest nights of the
year to play in Omaha. So as an added bonus, she started her set
with a pitch for the crocheted hats that she's apparently now making
either as a hobby or a side business. The hat looks like a gray,
chenille, cat-girl costume, with little horns and two long tassels
that fall on either side, sort of like those hippy snowboard caps
that you might see at a Phish concert.
about the caps later.
50 people braved the below-zero chill for the show, which also featured
Matt Whipkey and Lord tourmate Adam Goldman. Devon Baker opened
the evening, but I missed her set. In fact, I only caught the last
half of Whipkey's -- the "electric" half, apparently.
The highlight was a solid cover of Springsteen's "I'm on Fire."
Goldman played a handful of quiet acoustic numbers, mostly original
songs which were pleasant and unmemorable.
came Mary Lou, wearing her fuzzy cat-hat. She said she'd just made
one for Janeane Garofalo, and that the one she was wearing was destined
for Kelly Osborne's head. It would get there via her old friend,
Sean Tillmann (a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar), who Lord was scheduled
to play with the next night in Minneapolis. Lord said that, much
to her surprise, Tillmann had written some songs for Osbournes'
latest CD and had accompanied her to the VMAs (and that Tillmann
was now writing some songs for J-Lo -- I don't know if she was being
serious or not).
set included a selection of her own material mixed with covers,
many from her latest Live City Sounds CD. For one number
(a Nick Saloman song called "She Had You" which appears
on Got No Shadow) Lord picked up Whipkey's electric guitar
and did her best Crazy Horse impersonation, saying it was the first
time she'd ever played an electric during a performance. It sounded
great, but she quickly switching back to her beat-up acoustic for
the next number and the rest of the night.
quiet, well-behaved crowd sat at tables throughout the Underground,
politely clapping after every number and laughing along with Lord's
between-song stories. At one point, she commented on the crowd's
silence, saying she felt like Jan Brady in the episode of The Brady
Bunch where Jan is on a TV quiz show, being asked to name the capitals
of states, scared silent, staring at the flashing red "on air"
light atop the TV camera (while, off camera, in a hushed voice:
"Jan, it's Baton Rouge!"). It was a low-key evening,
and afterward, Lord apologized for "the bumpy ride," saying
she was still getting used to performing after her long layoff.
I told her she sounded great to me, but she just smiled and adjusted
her cat hat.
Posted Jan. 23, 2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
It was a low-key evening, and afterward, Lord apologized
for "the bumpy ride," saying she was still getting
used to performing after her long layoff.