Only about a week to go before the trip to Austin and this could very well be the last installment of ACL Injuries. Jumbo Slice has already purchased the Entenmann's Apple Strudel for our nourishing pre-show breakfast and I have waxed my chest hair for our sojourn to Barton Springs.
In this week's battle we are looking at the Saturday 6:30 PM time slot. It is actually a three way between Conor Oberst, Mason Jennings, and the legendary John Fogerty. I am going to rule out Oberst at the get-go, as I don't really have any desire to see teary-eyed, U of T freshmen girls singing along to "Lua" (though the vulnerability of said girls may be appealing to Potsy). And yes, I know that is a Bright Eyes song, but still.....I instead am going to focus on either Jennings or Fogerty in our final match up.
Now the embarrassing part. I just now realized that I was getting Mason Jennings confused with Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon). I would have been interested to see the country-rock of Shooter Jennings, however, not so interested in Mason Jennings. He seems to be some sort of singer/songwriter protege of Jack Johnson and plays easy-listening contemporary folk. Fuck that shit, I will be bored to tears listening to this dude. I am sure there will be a lot of upright spooning at this show and I think I would rather pay my respects to Mr. John Fogerty.
We all know Fogerty from his CCR days, and I would hope he would play a couple of tunes from his hey-day. I am thinking "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", and of course "Fortunate Son". In fact, I would be willing to bet at least $10 that he will close with "Fortunate Son" being how we are in Bush's home state and there IS a war going on as we speak. Who wants some action?
I am less enthralled by his solo material. I can't stand that song "Centerfield", but I don't mind "Old Man Down The Road" (it had that cool video from 1984,with the guitar cord, in the swamp, remember...). I hope he sticks to the Credence stuff, but I doubt he will. Maybe he will make the big mistake of showcasing a "new song" from his latest project. Play the hits man, play the hits.
ETA: I am listening to "Long Dark Night" off Fogerty's 2007 release "Revival" and it is pretty fucking good. I take that back, play the new stuff man, play the new stuff.