It was our first visit to The Purple Fiddle, it will not be our last !!
A needed few days of getting away from work, and the stresses of life in Blackwater Falls, one of our favorite places on earth, a place where we both feel completely at home spiritually. On the recommendation of many friends we paid a visit to the Purple Fiddle this trip, Bobbi being particularly enamored by anywhere that sells good wine in mason jars !.
It's rather a special place, attracting an incredible variety of bands across genres that could all be loosely be described as Americana. Saturday night being great, opened by a new band out of Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band, a really great organic sounding band, plying a trade somewhere between the Allmans with some gospel, funk and soul thrown in, never quite veering into self indulgent jam band territory but a warm set with an incredibly moving version of Amazing Grace, definitely a fan.
I'm not sure the David Mayfield Parade can really be described, if you like your folk singers standing on a stage and singing earnest ballads of strife, then you are barking up the wrong tree here. If on the other hand an entertainer veering between a psychotic break and social awkwardness, with amazing playing, the occasional rock pose and Pete Townsend leaps and never quite sure what he is going to do next, then this is your man !.
The songs veer from bluegrasss to folk to comedy, soulful to funny to heartfelt openness, the many shows of non stop touring hewing a show that will not only feed your ears, but slap you round the face with a wet kipper.
Good stuff !!.