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The Night the Sound went out in Carolina!

 

Ok, so the post title is a play on words from a popular1972 song “The Night the Lights went out in Georgia” about a kangaroo court style lynching which thankfully has absolutely nothing to do with Jars of Clay.

That said, The Shelter stop at Erskine College in Due West, SC last Thursday was a unique night. It was special because the audience not only experienced a great concert, but got to see a glimpse into the true heart of the band under not so perfect circumstances.

 

I really enjoyed Derek’s review from Collegedale, TN, and the show was very similar except for a few unexpected twists. Audrey Assad has definitely got an amazing voice, and transparency in her music. I definitely can now see why Jars asked her to be a part of The Shelter. Even though she is great on the keyboard, her voice is definitely her instrument. She made a joke about Erskine College being in Due West, SC and heard a lot of the student had bumper stickers which read “due west of what??”  I really enjoyed Matt Maher’s and Audrey’s cover of “Everybody Has a Hungry Heart.” Audrey is originally from New Jersey, so is definitely a Springsteen fan, but Matt’s Maher’s voice to me has that same Springsteen edge to it, even in his set with his own band.

I was really looking forward to seeing if both Audrey and Matt Maher would be recognized at the Dove Awards Wednesday night. I think she was up for New Artist of the Year as well as Female Artist of the Year.  Matt Maher was up for Inspirational Song of the Year.

 

Derek Webb has always impressed me with his courage to push beyond the church walls, to take risks, except whatever the consequences, and push on to the next risk. He is an amazing talent, I think, as a song writer and performing artists. He definitely thinks outside the box and has fun doing it. I really didn’t understand the concept behind his project, Feedback, until I saw him perform the three songs from it, and it really is an instrumental invitation to prayer… a lot of emotion and energy.

 

It was Matt O.’s wife’s actual due date that night, and she had not had the baby in between Derek’s show and this one, so he was still home with her and his family waiting for the new arrival. I thought Kenny, from Matt Maher’s band was really great with the Jars’ songs. He even played Matt O.’s guitars… very evident was the Taylor acoustic with the strategically placed hole from years of play with no pick guard.

 

The set list was a lot like Derek’s Collegedale post and would probably be even closer had not Dan’s mic and the majority of the sound totally cut out about five/sixths into the set. Shane, Jars’ production, went up on stage and asked the audience to hang while they worked out the problem. After a few minutes, Dan, Steve, Kenny, and Charlie came out motioned for the audience to move up front so they could hear and proceeded to perform a one of a kind version of Flood followed by an even more special version of Worlds Apart. If you were close, which I was, you could hear everything clearly, so kind of a historical moment without any electrical auditory augmentation!

 

When the wires got uncrossed, Jars ended with Nothing But the Blood and I’ll Fly Away and brought out the rest of the tour mates! The crowd was most appreciative of the “special” time with Jars, that they humbly stripped away all the bells and whistles for their fans.

 

Highlights:

Flood and Worlds Apart utterly unplugged!

 

All My Tears… I love to hear Steve sing his part along with the incredible harmonies

 

Love Will Find us was extremely a spiritual experience… and very memorable

 

Eyes Wide Open with Derek Webb sounded amazingly like the recorded version, minus Mac P. I whooped and holler’d after Steve Mason’s acoustic guitar solo and embarrasses myself, but he did an awesome job!

 

The Shelter with Audrey Assad’s vocals (I love that song!)

 

The Valley Song, hadn’t heard it in a while and always an emotional song, every time Jars perform it!

 

I guess that’s all. Sorry for the delay in posting. It’s been a busy… and trying week…

 

Libby

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Libby,

 Thanks so much for the review, late or whatever. I think their music is getting better and better. I especially enjoyed this tour and all of the talent that went into "The Shelter".  It sounds like you had the experience we had last October when they were touring with Brandon Heath. The bus hit a deer so they ended up with no merch, borrowed guitars and piano, but we ended up with a complete acoustic of Self Titled which was such a memorable night. They land on their feet even in difficult situations. They also go on with the show as Charlie told me later that night that the promoters were going to cancel but decided against it. Boy were we glad!

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Arden, I think the live show keeps getting better and better as the years go by. If you watch closely, you see the eye contact between the band members... like they know what each other is thinking at the time. I guess it takes a lot of years to gel that way on stage, and to continue to write and create the way they do.
This is definitely a "Jars" tour even though Audrey, Derek, and Matt Maher and band are tourmates.
It's a great night!

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Libby,

 I couldn't agree more. As I live band they really shine. My brother really became a huge fan after the first time he saw them live. He said Steve was "the Bomb" as a guitarist. He is also quite witty as we all know. I was thinking about all the bands that started out around the time of Jars that are no longer together. I think it speaks volumes of their talent that they are still touring. I know someday JOC will no longer tour and be together as a band, but my prayer is that will be a long way off. They don't tour as often as they once did, but the shows are all outstanding and well worth waiting for.  

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