I love seeing live music. Countrymouse has often made the argument that recorded versions of songs are generally better. On some level, I will concede to that notion, but nothing can replace the energy and the connection of a live show... especially in a small setting. Even though we live out here in the middle of nowhere, we are blessed with some great shows. Sometimes I am amazed (but always thankful) at the opportunities we have.
Seeing David Berkeley this week was definitely one of those times. I've had the pleasure of seeing David live before, but it's been way too long. Nothing would have kept me away!
David is a modern day troubadour, his poetic lyrics filled with tales of life, love, people. You find yourself hanging on his words and waiting to hear how the story ends. Berkley's downtempo style has been compared to to Leonard Cohen, David Gray and Jeff Buckley, but I have seen him most often compared to Nick Drake, which is very easy to hear. (I'd love to hear David cover Pink Moon.)
The song below, Miss Maybe, is from his debut album, The Confluence, which was released in 2002. He has a new release slated for early next year called Some Kind of Cure. I have no doubt that it will be some kind of wonderful. Have a listen and let me know what you think.