The two covers in the second set help show her range. The first is a slow and sultry version of "Ring of Fire" with a distinctly feminine flair. She points out it was actually penned by June Carter Cash and made popular by her husband, Johnny. The other cover is a Brazilian tune, with half the lyrics sung in Portuguese. She closes the set with "Hey, Mister," a tune about the bad-but-beautiful boys who take a dollar and return a dime, the most highly rated song in iTunes from Shudders & Rings.
The Wyldwood is especially kid-friendly. There is ample space for children to run around. The children near the stage respect the silence of the audience without any questions; the children in the back areas run and kick soccer balls without disturbing anyone.
But Wyldwood, technically, could be called a yard concert. Check the rules and expectations for each house concert series before you go. Will kids be comfortable and welcomed? Will you be inside or outside? Should you share potluck-style or take just your own supper? Each house concert is unique to the home of its hosts.
We say a quick thank you to our gracious hosts, Amy and Andrew Murphy, and learn about the next show, the Archibalds, on June 21st. Amy and Andrew update their own website, send out information to an ever-growing mailing list, do the yard work, set out the chairs, build a bonfire, cook hotdogs ... all as a labor of love to present good music in an environment that people can share with their families.
Our crew of four is off to Momo's, to see our second Suzanna Choffel gig of the night. We start comparing and contrasting the two gigs. Momo's is a relaxed environment, on a rooftop in downtown Austin; the drinks are good, and we're having fun. But how does the music compare? Mike says that at Wyldwood, "you hear her voice so clearly, and that's amazing. Wow." Sondra points out how the club environment is distracting, so you can't focus on the music. At Wyldwood, Suzanna introduced each song, its name, if it on the current CD or a new song, and something about the inspiration for writing it. At Momo's, each song blends seamlessly into the next.