First off, Kelley Stoltz was not on the bill and may never have been - not sure how he got listed in the first place. Likewise 100 Mile House were meant to play but got bumped to a gig the following week.
No matter, since we got three good supports (two of which I caught and the third, Pauline Taylor, is the starting point for my next journal entry).
Pete du Pon is a handsome guy with a light touch and a good voice. Laid back but charming rather than bland. Jonna Lee is from Sweden but has lived in London long enough to pick up a quirky style of speaking and singing like a kind of breathy Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays). Confessional and compelling. Both sets whizzed by and were well received.
Sarabeth Tucek brought her band, which was welcome but stretched the Water Rats’ PA system to near breaking point. She played pretty much the whole first album and really delivered. At different points she reminded me of Mazzy Star, Throwing Muses and Madder Rose…