Later this month, I’ll be seeing Kathy Mattea in concert. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen her live more often than anybody else – at least six times, going back to the Summer of 1994.
One of the things that I like about her is that she mixes up the set list. There is a very small group of songs that she always plays: “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Where’ve You Been”, “Love at the Five & Dime”, and “Come From the Heart.” Nearly every show includes “Mary, Did You Know” and “Walking Away a Winner” as well.
But the rest of the concert is a balanced mix of the best cuts from her current album, other hits from the past, and an unorthodox cover or two. I keep going back because she keeps it fresh.
Still, if I had my way, I’d get to hear “Love Travels” and “God Ain’t No Stained Glass Window” every time out. But no matter how good the performer is, and how much they mix it up, you never get to hear all of the songs that you want to hear.
Which leads to tonight’s discussion topic:
If you could choose the set list for one of your favorite artists, what would it look like?
You can make the list as short or as long as you like, so long as the artist wouldn’t pass out from exhaustion halfway through!
Since Pam Tillis hasn’t played my neck of the woods in many years, I’ll go with her. This is the concert that I would love to see:
- Band in the Window
- Deep Down
- Shake the Sugar Tree
- It’s Lonely Out There
- Someone Somewhere Tonight
- In Between Dances
- When You Walk in the Room
- Sunset Red and Pale Moonlight
- Melancholy Child
- Homeward Looking Angel
- Rough and Tumble Heart
- Colors of the Wind
- Morning Has Broken
- The River and the Highway
- Easy From Now On (Emmylou Harris cover)
- Down by the Water
- I Said a Prayer
- Unmitigated Gall
- All the Good Ones are Gone
- Maybe it Was Memphis
- Go Your Own Way