Josh Rouse played Town Hall on Friday night. I really like his music. I would classify the music as 21st century folk. I actually have a few friends that if music was their profession, they could be Josh Rouse.
The problem with folk singers live is that you might as well be at home listening to their music. Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful to see him perform but it just wasn’t that exciting. It is the same thing with Jack Johnson. Love the music but I’d never see him perform again unless he happened to be the starting act for someone I really wanted to see.
I love folk type music. Jack Johnson, Josh Rouse, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams or Bob Dylan. But live just doesn’t quite pack the same punch as Nada Surf, The Killers, The Stones or The Strokes. There is something about a group of musicians and what happens on stage.
Maybe if we had seen Josh perform somewhere like Merriweather Post Pavillion. Outdoors, laying on a blanket, having a picnic, drinking a bottle of wine. Perfect. But Town Hall..not sure it makes the cut.