Actually, there was nothing wrong with Dixon and Jones. I just didn't connect with his "Felon Girlfriend" song and would have liked to have heard more from Jones.
Hour two, of course, was what most people in the room came to see: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin.
It was a funny thing. The two played a full hour of music that seemed to be aimed directly at the hardcore Colvin and/or Carpenter fans -- these would be the folks who have all the records and not just the ones with Grammy Awards attached to them in some way.
For the most part, the pair stayed away from their better-known material, played newer works and covers of songwriters they admire, like Steve Earl and Lefty Frisell. Toward the end, Colvin brought out "Round of Blues" from "Fat City" and the pair tore through Carpenter's 1993 hit "The Hard Way," which was probably the highlight of the set, if only to watch Carpenter feeding Colvin the lyrics.
It was one part of the show the folks listening at home would never catch.
While I got the feeling a lot of people were waiting to hear "Sunny Came Home" or "Passionate Kisses" or "I Feel Lucky," they took what they could get and were glad to get it. That second hour seemed a little drowsy, but it was all good stuff and everybody knew it.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.