Sunday, April 17, 2011
Jimmy Gnecco - Railroad Playhouse, Newburgh NY 4.9.11
I got an email notification about this about a month prior, and as I'd been clamoring for a show on or around my birthday, freaked out at work. I immediately posted the info on my twitter/facebook and bought tickets as soon as they were available. The day of the show, I headed to NY, picking up Melissa in CT and we arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon. We hung out, relaxed and waited for Jess to arrive, and started to get ready as soon as she got there. We headed out for the venue around 6:15 or so, and arrived with plenty of time for 730 door time. The tickets had said the show was at 8, however Jimmy's web site had said the show was at 9. The venue itself is very cool - it's right on the Hudson River and is an old train depot, that shares its space with a pizza place. We had dinner in the restaurant and I said hi to Michelle and Cliff when they arrived, and eventually made our way over to where the theater was.
Jimmy came out and said that they were recording but he wanted us to clap along when it called for it but to really just have a sense as to the way he wanted us to hear this album. The whole album is such an emotional journey and roller coaster, so to hear Jimmy sing it - in such good voice (his voice was probably the best I've heard him) was just incredible. I really don't have many words for it. The album is designed in a way that it starts out quietly, builds to a crescendo in the middle, and returns to quiet at the end, almost full circle. Jimmy got really emotional at the end of It's Only Love, and said it was what he's wanted to say to some people but never did. I've never seen him get that emotional before during a show - he wears his heart on his sleeve, but you don't always see it publicly. Static was there and came up at the end to sing Talk to Me, Red Colored Stars, Place in the Sun, and The Bells with Jimmy. It was nice to get the bonus songs, and I always love it when Static comes up to play with him, as he is an insane guitarist - and I really just like watching the two of them interact on stage.