With a newly reconfigured line-up, the Austin-formed, Australian-born band The Greencards took the stage at Threadgill’s playing to a full house of fans new and old.
Original members Carol Young (vocals, bass) and Kym Warner (mandolin) were joined by the talented Tyler Andal who has taken fiddle duty after Eamon McLoughlin departed the band earlier this year to pursue other musical paths. Along for the ride was guitarist Jake Stargel, adding another layer of texture to the trio’s sound.
Playing a variety of tunes from their four records, the latest Fascination was highlighted through “Weather and Water,” “Rivertown” and “Outskirts of Blue.” A few well chosen classics like “Roll On Buddy, Roll On” were slipped in, keeping with the band’s newgrass style. Opener Warren Hood and Cadillac Sky’s Ross Holmes were invited onstage for a lively instrumental that highlighted each musicians’ chops on their respective sets of strings and “Davey Jones.”
An unexpected (but delightful) cover of “Boys of Summer” made its way into the encore with Carol declaring “I love the ’80s!” at the end of the song before they closed with one last rollicking instrumental.
And a quick tidbit: The Greencards are considering returning to Austin, they said they had house shopping plans causing an eruption of cheers.
Photos by Nichole Wagner