Field Report: The Perrys
A friend of mine went to a Perrys concert last night in Springfield, Mo., and since we haven’t had a live music update around here in a while (too long!), I pass along his report fwiw (thanks, Jrod!).
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First off, I am a fan to the ‘nth degree. I just love to watch Libbi Stuffle. That said she was sick. They tried their best not to feature her on several tunes. Which is like running your car on bacon grease. Slippery at best. I was most surprised by the lack of material they did. In an hour’s time, 8 songs. Lib struggled through 4, ending with PKTC, before they took a break. Which from stem to stern lasted 27! minutes! I understood the goings on: Tracy talked and talked and talked and talked and fired up the ol’ chainsaw, and talked some more so that Lib could rest her voice for the next 4 songs. The big numbers, Did I Mention, Prior to A Prayer (one of the highlights of the evening for me), and ending with If I Knew Him.
Troy Peach, imo, faltered at times; his more country style doesn’t match the rich tones that come out of Haby, T and Lib. He is a beautiful harmony singer tho. JoJo was good, for the most part. He tried his best to fill the gaps that were left by Lib’s vocal struggles. She overcompensated on tunes in a lower register, sometimes hitting the big notes a little too big. Sick or not, though, her nuance and subtlety when she could muster the strength was perfect. D.I.M. is a great tune. I know you aren’t big on the lyrical construct, but they sell it.
The venue: full and rowdy. In all of the singings that I have been to in my life, a Baptist church in Springfield, MO, the rowdiest? People were whooping and jumping into the aisles during all of the faster songs. And, the place was packed. I showed up 5 min. late and had to wedge myself between a group of teens and a harem of blue hair’s in the balcony. I’d say 600.