We Used to Drive this Blue Ridge Laughing…

So, Carbon Leaf played in Vermont again last night. They must really like coming up here, because it’s the fifth time in two years that they’ve made the trip, and I’ve gone to each of their concerts. Last night’s set completely rocked, and really surprised me – They played more of their older stuff than from their newest album.

Set list:

The Crane Wife 3 (Song on the speakers, guys came on and played along with it while warming up for a minute)
Changeless
Blue Ridge Laughing
What About Everything?
Torn to Tattered
I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
Life Less Ordinary
Desperation Song
– Love Loss Hope Repeat
– American Tale
– Grey Sky Eyes
– Under the Wire
– This Is My Song
– Texas Stars
– Raise the Roof
– The Boxer
Encore
– Learn to Fly
– Let Your Troubles Roll By
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Led Zepplin Cover)

This was a fantastic set list, and more older stuff than they usually play, which was really really cool. I’ve never heard American Tale or Blue Ridge Laughing live, and they sounded fantastic. I went with my friend Sam and his fiancee, Miranda, who are also big fans of the group, for their first concert with them. They also loved it. The speakers were playing the Decemberists’s newer song The Crane Wife 3, and to warm up, the band members came on stage and played along for a minute or two, before launching right into Changeless.
The band sounded like they got off to a bit of a rocky start, but they hit their sound early on and really went off. Carter had some fantastic guitar solos throughout, and I think they knocked over three mike stands. Blue Ridge Laughing, I‘m On Fire, Desperation Song, What About Everything, This Is My Song, Texas Stars, The Boxer, all fantastic songs. I was hoping that they’d play Comfort, but still – good set list.
One of the coolest things though, was that for their encore song, Learn to Fly, Barry, Terry and Carter grabbed their guitars and jumped into the crowd and went to the middle – TEN – TEN FEET FROM ME – and played Learn to Fly without mikes. Sounded incredible, and they got the entire crowd singing along. That was really cool, and I’ve never seen them do that before. My friend Eric from school was also there, and literally standing in front of them. Lucky him.

Really fun night.

Rest of the pictures are here: http://flickr.com/photos/jeditrilobite/

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