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Live Review: Andy Shauf @ Wolf Trap — 3/30/24

Around the weekend, I was fortunate ample to attend a incredibly personal display in Vienna, Virginia. Andy Shauf is at present on a solo acoustic tour which took him to The Barns at Wolf Lure.

I experienced hardly ever been to The Barns, so I was nervous to find out what it is like. I received there really early to scope the area out and get acquainted with the location and I’m glad I did.

Before I get into the show, I wanted to take a next and stage out that the staff at The Barns had been very type. Every single one of them was content to reply any queries I experienced, which includes the record of the two barns that make up the facility. If you go, make sure to request about them since it is a fascinating tale but it does not take up your whole evening. So a substantial “Thank You” goes out to every person there that evening.

At Wolf Lure on March 30, the clearly show started marginally earlier than usual. That is one particular purpose to usually read through the e-mail you get from show venues. The opener was a solo acoustic overall performance from Lutalo. I was not common with Lutalo’s music right until he came to the stage but after he started actively playing, it was apparent why Andy chose him to open up the total tour. His songs matches with the experience of this clearly show. It’s acoustic, light, and easy to get into. His voice is reminiscent of Ben Harper at times.

Among songs, Lutalo was comfortable spoken with a dry feeling of humor. He talked a minor about the songs and his forthcoming album. Just after his established was about, I produced a observe to go look at out his get the job done.

Just after a quick intermission, Andy walked onstage and explained hi. He sat down, crossed his legs, and thanked all people for coming. He began the night with &#8220Squandered On You&#8221 from his most recent release, Norm. Andy has received praise for descriptive lyrics that are paired with music that has a gauze filtered 1970s aptitude to it. His songs are hardly ever extremely indulgent, musically &#8212 loads of acoustic guitar, bass, drums, vocals, often keys, and the occasional string section.

Look at the official new music video clip for &#8220Squandered on You&#8221 by Andy Shauf on YouTube:

The present at The Barns at Wolf Lure stripped that sensibility down to just an acoustic guitar and Andy’s voice. Several artists will loop guitars or a drum pad when they execute in an personal environment. Not Andy. This was certainly a minimalist present.

The audience was just what you would be expecting at Wolf Entice. There was extra clapping than yelling. Andy was capable to speak a minimal about some of the tunes. His initial authentic conversation with the viewers was introducing a new track from his band Foxwarren, &#8220Yvonne.&#8221 A couple of tracks later on, he performed one particular of my favorites, &#8220The Worst In You.&#8221 As considerably as I like the whole band version, the stripped back again edition was just as very good!

He released the up coming music &#8220Judy&#8221 by asking if anybody in the audience played the lottery. When the audience retained peaceful he told them they didn’t have to be ashamed of it, which bought a large amount of giggles.

When Andy obtained to the song &#8220Lined In Dust,&#8221 he spoke about the age of the song and how his viewpoint has altered. He mentioned he wrote the tune when he was 22 and almost everything was much a lot more dramatic. Andy remaining these types of a mellow songwriter, it is amusing to consider of this song as remaining “dramatic Andy.”

Andy adopted &#8220Protected In Dust&#8221 with a handful of much more of my favorites, &#8220To You&#8221 and &#8220Fairly Like You,&#8221 each from his 2016 album The Celebration. His voice broke suitable at the commencing of &#8220To You,&#8221 so he paused, took a drink, and picked up appropriate where by he left off.

He wrapped anything up with &#8220Changer&#8221 from The Neon Skyline, thanked absolutely everyone for coming out, waved, and walked a small awkwardly to stage ideal, like he was not comfy with the applause.

After a moment or two, Andy reemerged and walked back again to his chair and guitar. He requested what we wished to hear. The audience started yelling out so lots of music, it was challenging to distinguish what was currently being asked for. I was ready to make out &#8220The Magician,&#8221 &#8220Martha Sways,&#8221 &#8220Wendell Walker,&#8221 and &#8220Freebird&#8221 (there’s usually one).

Andy sat down and commenced strumming the delicate chords of &#8220Martha Sways&#8221 (I was pulling for &#8220Wendell Walker,&#8221 but I was joyful with &#8220Martha Sways&#8221). Following that, he thanked every person all over again and still left. The house lights came on and all people politely shuffled out of this attractive venue.

This was a pretty exclusive working experience. I’ve required to see Andy in a stay placing for fairly a when. Acquiring the possibility to see him perform solo, acoustic, and in an old German barn was just fantastic. The barn seemed to have it is own life and give equally performers a heat and intimacy that was just a very little far more exclusive than I had predicted. I hope to see Andy all over again soon. And I hope to see another clearly show at The Barns quickly, also.