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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Oh! Susanna" - Dave Matthews & Neil Young - Bridge 2011 Concerts - October 23, 2011 - YouTube

Here's another of the many, many highlights from the Bridge concerts this past weekend.

A very cool rendition of the old classic "Oh! Susanna" - Dave Matthews / Neil Young - Mtn. View, Shoreline - October 23, 2011.

More on videos, reviews at Bridge School Benefit Concert 2011 - Reports.



At 10/26/2011 01:10:00 PM, Anonymous Keith Burris said...

Simply great. Thank-you

Any chance of video of NY's own set and the Get Together closer with all?

Many thanks

At 10/26/2011 10:02:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

One of the biggest suprises and rocking acoustic performances I've ever seen/heard from Neil. Ever.

"Oh! Susanna" is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). It was published by W. C. Peters & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848.[1] The song was introduced by a local quintette at a concert in Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1847. (wikipedia)

"sounds" like revisionist history to me. WOW. talk about a cover tune.

At 10/26/2011 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Sandy Horne said...

Yes, after much pondering, I have decided that "Oh Susanna" was my favorite performance of the night.
Keep playing it and can' seem to get it out of my head. Neil was into it and having such a great time. Completly unexpected song.

Another highlight was meeting Thrasher and Thrashette. What wonderful people!! Ahh... just can't let go of it it yet.

Sandy Horne

At 10/27/2011 09:34:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Sony - thanks for research. interesting. didn't realize this went back so far.

@Sandy - yes, a surprise tune. And great to meet you as well. Fun times. Hope to see you down the road again!

At 10/27/2011 10:39:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

I think on the intro here Neil says 'this is so old no one'll know it' or something similar.

At 10/27/2011 11:41:00 AM, Anonymous eddy ecco said...

there is a great jazzy version by james tylor on the sweet baby james album

At 10/27/2011 08:32:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Review: Bridge School Benefit 2011 at Shoreline

Posted by Jim Harrington on October 23rd, 2011 at 3:36 am |

By Jim Harrington

Nobody on the night was better than Matthews, who wowed the crowd with help from his longtime sideman, guitarist Tim Reynolds. These guys just work so well together, with Matthews pouring his heart into the microphone and Reynolds picking out amazing licks, and the sound they create feels so much bigger than what should be possible in a duo setting. Young joined the festivities for a really bizarre take on “Oh! Susanna,” which was the low point of the set.

UNBELIEVABLE that last statement. That song has taken me over like few others, say Hippie Dream and Restless Consumer the first few times I heard them. I even already figured out how to play it and recorded it since I first saw it last night, 22 hours ago.

I don't know what it takes to move some people, but for me it's all out energy, committment, ingenuity, vibe and delivery. Oh Susanna has all that from all three fellas playing the living lights out of a song written over 150 years ago. What more does it take?

At 10/27/2011 08:38:00 PM, Anonymous Susan in Florida said...

Best concert ever my 30th time to see Neil what I loved the most of the whole event was how happy Neil looked. He had a big smile on his face that warmed my heart.This was his gift and how genuine it was. Also, Dave and Eddie gave of themselves to the kids and they showed so much love and Neil saw how these 2 guys interacted with the kids and meant it. I am still numb from the 2 days and just can't stop singing Oh Susanna!!!

At 10/29/2011 04:49:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Hi Sony, thanks for that info, I was wondering where that song came from! Neil and Dave M totally rocked it, and it looks like they were really having fun. Fantastic cover, and how predictably unpredictable of Neil!

But what on earth was Jim Harrington thinking? “low point”?, “bizarre take”? What planet is he on? Wow, can`t please all the people all of the time I guess…but what`s not to like?

At 10/29/2011 11:55:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Not much to not like on that one. From the funny antics and banter when Neil came on stage to the smiles at the end. I am still blown out by the arrangement and performance of this American folk song which dates to before the civil war. I woke up the other day with the song "(I'm your)Venus" in my head, and rightfully so as this arrangement is very similar to that tune. I looked to see if either had done this song prior and didn't find anything, so it's more than likely it was done just for this show which is another reason to dig it. Neil always seems to be in the present tense, which separates him from everyone. He puts the c-oh-oh-l in cool.

At 10/30/2011 04:42:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

“(I`m your)Venus” - oh yes! Apparently Stephen Foster also penned some other very well known songs. I came across this snippet..

“This was written by Stephen Foster, an American songwriter who wrote many standards in the 1800s, including "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home" and "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"). This was one of Foster's first songs, and it became an anthem during the 1849 California gold rush.”

At 10/30/2011 02:13:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@SONY - thanks for review link.

Yeah, kinda weird that DM's set the best yet the Neil walkon surprise was weak?! Doesn't seem to add up.

@Jill - thanks for Foster info. So maybe we'll hear "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River") someday @ Bridge?! After all, the anthem of 1849 California gold rush.

Seems like a perfect tune!

At 10/30/2011 05:21:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Yes! Strangely, I was singing "Oh! Susanna" to myself earlier today and suddenly remembered when I`d first heard it - it was in about 1958 and it was one of the songs we used to sing sitting round the campfire with our flutes and tambourines when I was a Girl Guide. The version we used to sing didn`t sound a bit like Neil and Dave`s though! Wow, the power of song to trigger memories is astonishing..!

At 10/30/2011 06:23:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

you can probably still smell the marshmellows roasting too!

At 11/01/2011 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Powderfinger said...

AKA "The Banjo Song." I believe Stringman pointed this out:

I've also had "Venus" knocking around in my head since this performance. Glad to see it's not just me!

At 11/09/2011 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous w san jose said...

this version beats Sat I believe. it also looks and sounds better than the lawn, no duh. I like Reynolds taking the lead here. I was not impressed at first but this song gets to you after a few listens. NY, careful now, another song about Alabama ? Lynyrd Skynyrd, chill. lol


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