'Til I Gain Control Again
It's bittersweet seeing one of your favorite artists perform to a largely indifferent audience.
Many of the 800 or so in attendance last night at the season's first event in Olathe's free concert series smoked, drank and guffawed as if a generic blues band was providing background music for their private party. They didn't know or care that Rodney Crowell is one of our greatest songwriters. And why should they? Crowell's reign as a hitmaker with songs like "'Til I Gain Control Again" and "After All This Time" ended fifteen years ago.
The vibe was much different than Crowell's show at Knuckleheads last August. Now with Australian Jedd Hughes on guitar, the band quickly figured out they should focus on loud and fast songs. Near the end of the Texan's ninety-minute show, hardcore fans and dozens of kids pressed against the stage to defiantly sing along with "Like a Rolling Stone."
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you.