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San Francisco, CA, February 24, 2010

Kasey Anderson  |  March 6, 2010

Sometimes you gotta make the best of it.

The first date in a week-long run of West Coast shows with the brilliant Matthew Ryan started, let's say ominously, but ended with a roomful of people raising their voices in celebration, so it couldn't have been half bad, right?

Without naming any names, I'll say this: there were two other artists on the bill, aside from Matthew and myself, and those artists are in dire need of a "Band Etiquette 101." Either that or there ought to be a website called to anonymously out people who haven't yet figured out that, as artists, we're in this together, so being disrespectful and passive-aggressive doesn't really get anyone anywhere.

Complaints aside, Matthew and I took the stage together (a function of the fact that we went on two hours later than planned - we were each supposed to do hour-long separate sets) at 10:00 P.M. and traded songs for the better part of two hours to those who stuck around long enough to catch the show. I can not overstate the brilliance of Matthew Ryan's writing, or how charismatic a performer he is. If you're unfamiliar with Matthew's work, you really ought to get familiar with it.

I'd post a setlist but I honestly do not recall everything we played. I do recall that everyone in the room lent their voices to nearly every song, which is both flattering and inspiring, and always welcome. I hope it's a sound I hear often this spring.

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