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February 19, 2004 - Martyrs - Chicago, IL


Dueling Banjoes > Age Like Wine
Long Year
[Aaron Allan story]
Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern
D.B. Cooper
[Kingsmen story]
Ballad of the Kingsmen
Can't Complain
Hey Hey
Statistician's Blues
45 Miles
All My Life
Horseshoe Lake
Fish and Whistle [John Prine]
Maureen, Maureen [John Prine]
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness [John Prine]
Easy Money > It's Only Rock 'n' Roll [Rolling Stones]
Beer Run
Alright Guy
To Beat the Devil [Kris Kristofferson]
[15 minutes story]
Sideshow Blues

Just in Case
Waco Moon
Old Chunk of Coal [Billy Joe Shaver]
Doublewide Blues


LENGTH: 134:30
NOTES: Possibly from mp3 source


Todd plays the three John Prine tunes on the mandolin: "This is my new hobby and I'm gonna share it with you."

Leading into Kristofferson's To Beat the Devil, Todd gives a lengthy, but heartfelt monologue:

"I'm gonna play you one of my favorite songs. It's a story song so you gotta stay with it. I live in Nashville and Nashville is where you go if you don't want to have a different job than just this. You have to go to Nashville. I'm gonna leave you with a couple songs but this one's gonna be kinda self-indulgent. It's my favorite one. Kris Kristofferson wrote it. I remember when I heard it when I was like seventeen or eighteen and I thought, 'Well, okay, I'll work on songs and if nobody likes them then that don't make a fuck to me.' And so if there's any message that I can get out to anybody tonight and I know that one of the silliest things in the universe is some jackass who plays bar to bar and talks through the microphone like he knows shit just cause they have a microphone. This hardly even costs very much. But I will say this to you and you can take this advice from me if you to. I'm not necessarily probably some successful person that you would want to take advice from. I still need to get the tags on my car fixed, you know. They're kinda fucked up. I've been to jail twice in the last year. Three hospitals - a mental hospital, a think I'm making it up... Two jails, two mental hospitals, three hospitals, a drug rehab hospital...and some great bars. Anyway, this is a song that pulls me through. This is a song that I sing sometimes when I wonder, 'Why the fuck do you drive seven hours to sing?' And more than anything, it's because of the way you guys treat me so...thanks. But if you are a singer and a songwriter and you do have any aspriations of doing it for a living, come down to Nashville. It's not as scary as everybody tries to make it sound and everybody that tries to make it sound scary, they only try to make it sound scary because they don't want you to be competition against them. All you gotta do is go down there. Anyway, here's a song that Kristofferson wrote..."


On Ballad of the Kingsmen:

On Alright Guy: On Doublewide Blues: