Angie Stevens – Swallow Hill, CO

“I’m so excited to be here in this beautiful room,” Angie Stevens said, taking the stage at Denver’s Swallow Hill Music Center.

With her band, The Beautiful Wreck, and opening support from Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan and David Berkeley along with special guests Seth and Josh Larson, she played her first show on the Daniels Hall stage to a hometown Friday-night crowd.

Opening with This Time Around and Queen of this Mess she explained that she always felt it was sort of a happy song because “you have to admit you’re sad to realize there’s a chance to be happy.”

“I made the set list from Facebook,” she said. “So I spent a lot of time practicing this week.” Indeed, she included several requests like Cartwheels, a song wrote during her “angry years,” but no Prince. “I don’t know Prince,” she laughed. “Well, I don’t know him personally.”

Throughout her set she joked about her accent (“I have a little Midwest accent and in recordings I slur my ‘S,’ so in the song I’m not really swearing”), remembering lyrics (“I saw a tattoo on Facebook… ‘I know those lyrics, how do I know those words? Oh, yeah. They’re mine, on her arm.”) and Pauly’s knowledge of musical history (“He comes to the table with facts about like, Zeppelin and I feel like such a dumb ass… seriously you know more about music than I do!”)

She brought the Larson Brothers out for several songs including Hold Me Close, Anything and Favorite Rerun.

They played a handful of covers: a fantastic version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues (which gave Susan Phelan a chance to shine with her upright bass), a nice take on Patty Griffin’s Top Of The World and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on which she was joined by David Berkeley and the Larson Brothers.

“This is our drinking song,” Angie said about Drinking Song as the evening came to a close. “So, get out that coffee in your mug.”

Angie is currently touring the midwest with Jen Korte and will be back in Colorado for several dates with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers in November.

Check AngieStevens.com for details.

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Photos by Nichole Wagner

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