Grant did a guest appearance last night at Largo at the Watkins Family Hour, hosted by Sara and Sean Watkins. Sara and Sean do this show regularly at Largo, and as always Benmont Tench was there on piano and Sebastian Steinberg on upright bass. They also had a drummer whose name I did not catch. Michael Nesmith (formerly of the Monkees) was also a guest, and his enthusiastic fans filled out the house.
Grant played three songs, all with the full band. "Home of the Blues" by Johnny Cash, the Velvet Underground's "Pale Blue Eyes", and a Carter Family tune that I wasn't familiar with (the lyrics included "blue eyes", that is all I recall). He sang beautifully. It amazes me that he can go from Grant Lee Buffalo to bluegrass/country Grant and sound so fantastic at both. Later he came out for the finale of "Different Drum", providing back-up vocals and guitar. I've heard him sing this with Sara before, so was expecting to hear it last night since it was written by guest Michael Nesmith. Michael joined in with a lovely 12-string guitar.
They did a short, informal after-show in the Little Room, so we headed in. This is where we used to see Grant perform monthly. I sure miss those shows. Everyone showed up for the after-show except Michael Nesmith. He didn't stick around. Sara and Sean did a few tunes then called Grant up but he had stepped out, lol. Eventually Grant led the group in Merle Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home". As he was trying to think of another song to do Sara suggested doing one of his but for some reason he didn't - not a single Grant-written song all night. Instead he sang Robyn Hitchcock's "I Often Dream of Trains", calling Sean Nelson up to sing with him. All in all, a very fun night.