Of the handful of dates that Jenny Lewis is playing on her Acid Tongue tour, two happened to be in Colorado.
Without Rilo Kiley but with support from opening acts Whispertown 2000 and Jonathan Wilson, she showed off a different side of her talents.
The new songs are a little less country than those on Rabbit Fur Coat, but the sunflower on her guitar strap and then channeling Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris during the encore proved she hasn’t strayed too far from the homegrown sound.
Jack Killed Mom
During which she changed the line to “In the Boulder streets.”
“You might want to get your fists ready for this one. Ready?”
Rise Up With Fists!!!
“Thanks for that one.”
Bad Man’s World
Someone yelled “Fernando!” and she laughed, “I heard that!”
You Are What You Love
“Well, hello there, Boulder! This is really great, I’m having a really good time, thank you. I just want to thank Jonathan Wilson and Whispertown for opening for us, and here’s this song.”
She spent a few moments consulting with Johnathan Rice saying, “Do I start this slow?”
Melt Your Heart
“The next song is not necessarily about LSD.”
Someone asked what it was about and Jenny replied, “It’s about many other things.”
“Are you guys prepared for this next one? You got nine minutes to spare?”
The Next Messiah
“What an amazing band!”
“I’ll bring it down for this one.”
Sing A Song
They all left for the encore break and then Jenny and Johnathan Rice came back out.
“You guys are so cool, you make us feel so nice.”
Someone shouted “I wanna be like you!” but it was unfortunately misunderstood by those in the crowd and onstage.
After many moments of a very flustered Jenny and a healthy dose of embarrassment and laughter from the audience Johnathan said, “That’s the first time anyone’s ever said that. ‘I want to pee on you’, is that what you said? Well, Jenny, you’ll always remember, you’ll always remember Boulder, Colorado. It may, you know, end up being known as the ‘Golden Showers State.'”
There was more shouting from the audience, including someone who could enunciate more clearly.
Johnathan said, “You said what? Oh, you said you wanted to BE her, that’s kinda weird still. We’re gonna dedicate this one to, uh…”
At this point Jenny had managed to regain composure and jumped in with, “To you guys.”
Johnathan added, “This is like, uh, a really old song about the pain of love but as you guys know already, there’s pain and there’s also pleasure.”
Love Hurts (Boudleaux Bryant)
Johnathan said, “I’d like to welcome back this rock and roll band from Los Angeles, California.”
There was a false start of sorts when Fernando was started but then Johnathan stopped and said, “I don’t play on this one? I’ll sit down then.”
Jenny said, “That’s Barbara on the drums, in case you don’t already know.”
Johnathan Rice did the band intros while the intro to Fernando started.
“On the bass guitar, he’s cheesin’ as a clam and guilty as charged is Jonathan Wilson. On my left, the man of the new purple (something) is Farmer Dave Scher. On the drums, that’s not Moe Tucker, motherfucker, that’s Barbara Gruska. On my very far right, one of the best banjo players in the country, only tonight he’s on guitar is Mr. Blake Mills. My name’s Johnathan Rice, I play the guitar and to my immediate right, the lady in red, Miss Jenny Lewis.”