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North Twin’s Swan Song 3.6.2010

March 6, 2010

North Twin Final Performance at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Opening: Jeff Fielder and The Tripwires


North Twin, our favorite Seattle band known for putting the Rawk back into Country, performed their final show at the Tractor Tavern last night.  Their drummer, Rick Cranford, moved to Boston, so they decided to call it quits.  Rick came back to join them for one more rollicking night. 

We decided to make the most of the bittersweet occasion by heading down to Ballard a little early and getting dinner and dessert before settling down for our four-hour endurance test of standing by the stage.  We wanted to again try something new for dinner.  We had eaten dessert at the Old Town Alehouse before, but not dinner.  So we gave it a shot.  It proved to be very tasty.  P had fish and chips.  There was more fish than batter and the fries were skinny and crisp with a tartar dill sauce for both.  I had a turkey pesto sandwich on ciabatta-style bread with a delicious side salad made of baby greens and roasted, candied pecans and shaved parmesan.   We also tried a local brew and had some wine.  We were stuffed. 

But, of course, we still needed dessert.  We walked the block in search of just the right restaurant for dessert.  Unfortunately, the eateries were packed.  It was a beautiful evening, and Ballard was hopping.  We slipped in to Bastille, a French restaurant, hoping there would be, first of all, dessert, and a place to sit.  There just happened to be both.  We got the last two seats in the bar.  We were happy to discover a long dessert menu and settled for sharing (although full, I could have easily downed my own dessert, but would have paid for it later) a chocolate mousse cake.  Good lord, it was sooo amazing.  Chocolate mousse piled high with soft cake hidden deep underneath, and a layer of ganache on the top.  We also ordered the trifecta of drinks to complement the dessert:  A sip of Jameson-neat, followed by a sip of Baileys-but leave a little in the mouth, washed down with a sip of espresso.  And then another bite of mousse.  Decadent!  Probably could’ve ordered Irish Coffee, but we found our little experiment more challenging by figuring out just the right order of flavors to sip.  We are sooo dorky.

Ok, on to the show.  We arrived at the Tractor just minutes early, and fumbled with our will-call pass and ID’s.  The ticket guy smiled and said, “Oh, hi!  I recognize you guys!”  Yeah, we’re here all the time. That was a little embarrassing; I felt like Norm on Cheers, and questioned my, uh, habits. 

We settled in with some water and coffee at our favorite spot, left side of the stage.  I don’t know how we get so lucky.  It’s like they hold the place for us.  Uh oh, maybe we really are like Norm!  Usually, there isn’t a huge crowd until the big act, and we are part of a small group who are able to stand for four hours to witness all three bands. 

Jeff Fielder and his two band mates started on time.  Acoustic guitar, stand-up bass and harmonica.  A stripped down sound with lots of rootsy, bluesy, folksy tunes.  The music was something you’d want to hear while driving down a country road in an old car.  One train song was from the 1920’s.  I could imagine hearing that back in the day of my grandma and wondering how people reacted to it then.   Near the end of the set, Jeff kicked it up a notch and brought in Tim DiJulio, the guitarist from North Twin.  They looked like they had a great time playing together and heated the place up for the next band, The Tripwires.

The Tripwires, from Ballard, looked like a bunch of office workers in sport coats and button-down shirts.  They were the self-proclaimed male-pattern-baldness band.  But they rocked the place with energetic rock/punk or punk rock-whatever music!  I loved it.  They were unique, yet had hints of The Knack, Squeeze and Ted Leo.   Lots of jangly guitar riffs and loads of energy.  I kept myself energized and hydrated to prepare for North Twin, finally on next.

It was approaching 11:30, I’m sure, before North Twin came on stage.  Everyone cheered for Rebecca Young, the bassist, as well as the rest of the band.  Rebecca had a black t-shirt on over her dress that said, “FUCK CANCER”!   She is a breast cancer survivor, and a damn good bassist.  And P is still in love with her.  ha

Reb Blowing A Kiss Goodbye

I was so excited to see them again, but so sad to know this would be the last time.  They were full of magnetism, though, and drew the sold-out crowd closer to the stage.  They announced they had many friends and family in the audience that night, as well as their producer.  So much joy.  It was hard to be sad too long when they started performing.  They were so amazing, and belted out song after song.  The audience sang along, clapped, swayed to the songs, and cheered loudly after each.  We were right there with them, giving our full support.

Here is the set list off their two albums (P was kind enough to grab from the stage at the end of the night)

Breathe/Roll On/Hope It Goes Away/Fool/Motorbike/Gasoline/Halloween/You Can Never Go/I’ll Remember/Good Guy/Broken Legs/Falling Apart/No One’s Getting Out/Carol Ann/ Clear As Day/Loaded/Turn Around/Key Heart/It’s Only Rock N Roll (accompanied by Jeff Fielder) I think they did another song or two–they had two encores.

Each band member had a turn at the mike throughout the set and gave their sincere thanks to each other, and the audience for their support.  We’ll miss them, but I’m sure we’ll see them around.  The lead singer, Tony Fulgham, is already involved in another project, and I believe he is playing on the 7th somewhere in Ballard.  We’ll have to catch his act sometime this summer. [3/14/11 update: Tim DiJulio, the lead guitarist, is in a band with Mike McCready and Ty Bailie called Flight To Mars.  Check them out at the Showbox April 8!

They played until almost 1:30 am.  We purchased cd’s for Jeff Fielder, The Tripwires and also received a downloadable card for North Twin’s first album, Falling Apart.  Total purchase: $25.    Tickets to the show: $10 bucks.  What a bargain for such an incredible night of music!

Ended the night, yet again, at Dicks for a Special.  If they start recognizing us there, too, I’m in big trouble.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Concert Season 2010, Music, North Twin, The Tractor Tavern | , , , , | 1 Comment