Cat Power w/ The Memphis Rhythm Band Sunday July 9, 2006 Hartwood Acres Amphitheater Pittsburgh, PA

Jam/Soul Serenade/The Greatest/Living Proof/Lived In Bars/Could We/Empty Shell/Willie/The Moon/Islands/Where Is My Love/Dreams*/Blue Moon*/House Of The Rising Sun*/Hate*/Hit The Road Jack*/'Raffle Drawing'/Since You Been Gone**/Love And Communication/I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Encore: I Don't Blame You*/Good Woman*

*-Chan solo, **-Teenie Hodges

This was my favorite show of the year so far. The Greatest came out in January and I was hearing all this buzz about it. It seemed to me that it was due to the early release time, that not much else was out yet, and that she had a killer band backing her for the first time in her career but I was feeling that the praises were a tad overblown. I listened to some tracks and nothing was winning me over. In late March I finally got around to getting it. I actually liked it and thought it MIGHT crack my top 10 for the year. I then downloaded a Boston show from June courtesy Bradley's Almanac and BOOM, it hit me. What a great fucking disc! Just like that. When they announced a free show I started listening to the disc/boot more and more and I have to say it's my fav of the year. Funny how that shit happens, isn't it?

Anyway she had a crack band behind her and that made all the difference. Her plaintive solo stuff is good but this band was spot on.

C'mon...zero cash, a beautiful night, cold beers, chillin' crowd. Can't beat it.

So I heard horror stories of her show the last time she rolled through town. Paste Magazine's review was downright frightening. And the pictures below don't confirm a 'brilliant' performance either. Tonight she was great! She was having a blast on stage. She was at times whimsical, endearing, focused, and overall sounding fucking fantastic. 

Cat Power Thursday March 6, 2003 Club Laga Pittsburgh, PA. Yeah, that night looked fun...right. (Pics courtesy cindot)

Among the band members was Teenie Hodges, who is an R&B legend, most notably collaborating with Al Green. Super nice guy to boot.

Even her solo stuff was wonderful. Sobriety can be a beautiful thang.

Above two pics courtesy my boy Ben. Man, I dream of a decent digital SLR someday. My camera sucks.

After the show, she was very warm and nice to me. In fact, all of the band were really happy and welcoming. They were saying how much they liked the region and were thrilled to be there. What a superb night.

Mabon "Teenie" Hodges autographed Cat Power hand-written setlist

 

Cat Power autographed print

Cat Power & The Memphis Rhythm Band (sans horns and strings) autographed show flyer