Vance Gilbert – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, CO

Opening the festival (save the Folks Showcase), Vance Gilbert’s set (which he dedicated to Les Paul) started with A Change Is Gonna Come before he started playing tunes from his latest album, Up On Rockfield.

Being a concept album – what would it sound like if he wrote a song as various artists that he admires – he did one as what he imagined a co-write between John Hiatt and Prince would be like with Welcome to Lovetown and Goodbye Pluto, (Shawn Colvin & Raffi) about his favorite non-planet.

He also borrowed a little bit of Richard Thompson’s Misunderstood for Whatever Louise Wants, written as if Richard was writing a song about his dog before wrapping up his set.

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