Here’s a look at the sold-out concert we attended Saturday night at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas.
First up was Corb Lund and his Hurtin’ Albertans, including bass fiddle and steel guitar. “Dig, Gravedigger, Dig” was the opening number, and “Rye Whiskey/Time To Switch To Whiskey” was his closer. The 2012 album “Cabin Fever” was especially well-represented. He performed the first three songs from that album, as well as the unusual rockabilly number “Gothest Girl I Can.”
Next up was Shooter Jennings.There was a rock vibe for much of the set, but he did perform songs from his forthcoming honky tonk album. The fiddle player was a highlight. There are “Hee Haw” type videos for the three pre-release songs, and all of these songs were on the menu Saturday, as was “Do You Love Texas ?” from last year, and “Electric Rodeo” from many years back. Scott H Biram made a surprise appearance.
Saturday was my second time to see the Turnpike Troubadours. If you’re looking for a “fast paced” country band, this is a good starting place. In that way, they are to “Red Dirt” or “Texas/Oklahoma country” what Old Crow Medicine Show is to “old-time string band.” Turnpike featured a great variety of instruments: acoustic and electric guitars, double-necked guitar, electric bass, drums, fiddle, banjo, dobro, harmonica, pedal steel guitar, drums, and accordion. Here’s a blurry cell phone photo of Corb Lund with Turnpike: