Bill Callahan - Live at Sixth and I


Very excited that npr music shared a full length recording of Bill Callahan’s concert back on October 2nd.

It took place at the beautiful Sixth & I historical synagogue in Washington DC. I was there! And I loved this concert. So much I’m still spellbound weeks later as if I’d just been there.

Very happy I can keep my memory alive with this little keepsake. It was the first time I’ve seen him live in concert.

Bill Callahan’s music career dates back to the early 90s, but I discovered him just about two years ago with his album Apocalypse. I hope he’ll continue to make music for many years to come. Can’t wait to see him and his friends again. I also hope I’ll get to see the Apocalypse tour film one day!

Bill Callahan performed with Matt Kinsey on guitar, Jamie Zuverza on bass, and Adam Jones on drums a beautiful, nearly 2 hour lasting set with

  • The Sing
  • Javelin Unlanding
  • Sycamore
  • Spring
  • Small Plane
  • Drover
  • Seagull
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Ride My Arrow
  • Summer Painter
  • Please Send Me Someone To Love
  • America!
  • Winter Road
  • Rock-Bottom Riser
  • Say Valley Maker

But wait, there’s more Bill Callahan: A Window That Isn’t There: The Elusive Art of Bill Callahan is a great Pitchfork article by Mark Richardson. I enjoyed reading about his impressions meeting Bill Callahan, and learning a bit more about him.

The first time I saw Bill Callahan was not in concert, but when he introduced a movie at the Maryland Film Festival. I didn’t know anything about him, and I didn’t have the best first impression of him because he just seemed annoyed to be there.

Very much like Mark Richardson wrote: “He’s been known to comport himself as if he doesn’t want to be there, and he doesn’t necessarily have much to say.”

While this may not give the best first impression, it soon changed when I started to listen to his music. All was forgiven very soon. The concert chased away any last doubts I may have had. I enjoyed his music prior to the concert. But after the concert I knew that his music will follow me around for years to come.