On other numbers, such as "If You Could Read My Mind," his rendition sounded like the first time I ever heard the song on the radio.
In Canada, Lightfoot has won 16 Juno awards for folk music. Unlike most folk singers of his era, he does not engage in small talk between songs. There is no introduction, no story about how the song came about. If you didn't know the name of the song before the concert, you still don't.
Lightfoot also doesn't encourage any sing-a-longs from the audience. I am sure I wasn't the only one hoping to be invited to sing on a second round of "Sundown" or "Cotton Jenny." It would have added more fun to the evening.
He did mention that the last concert he performed in Charleston was in 1977. And he said he has been on Mountain Stage twice.
His concert here is part of a 14-city tour over 17 days. No wonder he's still at it after all these years -- if all his audiences are as affectionate and appreciative as this one in Charleston.
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