I'm new at this whole reviewing thing, but I just wanted to post here and say that both Rosie Thomas and Over the Rhine were great tonight.
Rosie, and sometimes her brother and another guitarist, sang songs of understated intensity and softness. It was the first time I'd heard her, but it won't be the last. Her lyrics of love and tenderness were moving. Highlights: Much Farther to Go and Death Came and Got Me.
Over the Rhine, touring their latest album The Trumpet Child, were backed by a solid bassist/guitarist and an animated drummer. They played mostly songs from the album with a few older ones thrown in and a great cover of Gillian Welch's Orphan Girl. Very entertaining, and even the few on The Trumpet Child I don't like as well--I'm On A Roll and Don't Wait For Tom--had me dancing and singing along. Well... dancing. Highlights: Nothing Is Innocent and the jazz hymn title track.