One of my songwriting heroes makes an improbable visit to Boise, and lives up to even my sky-high expectations.
I love to rock out as much as (actually, a lot more than) the next guy, but my favorite artists that stand the test of time tend to be those best known for their songwriting abilities. While I will not use this space to make the case that Josh Tillman belongs in the company of greats such as Neil, Bob, Leonard, and the like, I will say that he is one of the very best we have going today. I will even go a step further and say that the four album run he is on under his new moniker Father John Misty is unparalleled in recent memory. Having said all of that, it should come as no surprise that this show was one that I was anticipating greatly. It was always assumed that I would have to travel to see him, as there was no way he would book a Boise date. And then, the craziest thing happened – FJM came to Boise.
With a 5-piece band behind him, Josh didn’t have to do much heavy lifting, although he did strum an acoustic guitar on a few numbers and sat down at the piano for a couple of songs.
He was most in his element when he was simply singing his songs and frolicking around the stage like a drugged out Jim Morrison. Sharply dressed in slacks and a white dress shirt with black glasses and his signature beard (part of his illusion, as he attests in the epic “Leaving L.A,”), he and his talent carries him to an almost larger than life status on stage. He was definitely there with us in the moment, enjoying his newfound celebrity and respect that largely escaped him for over a decade in the music business as a solo artist and drummer for Fleet Foxes.
His 20-song set was heavy to his newest release, this year’s God’s Favorite Customer, with all but “Dumb Enough to Try” and “The Songwriter” represented. His other works were evenly played with four songs from his debut Fear Fun, four from the follow up I Love You, Honeybear, and three from Pure Comedy plus “Real Love Baby” which came from the same time. We were treated to a raucous rendition of “I’m Writing a Novel” as well as the show-stopping message of “Pure Comedy”. Best of all, he wrapped up the night with one of his best, a very loud and fast take on “The Ideal Husband”.
This was a glorious show that lived up to my lofty expectations and thrilled the sold out crowd. Holy shit, Josh Tillman came to Boise – and I was there.
Nancy From Now On
Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)
Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
Only Son of the Ladiesman
Total Entertainment Forever
Ballad of the Dying Man
Hangout at the Gallows
Please Don’t Die
I’m Writing a Novel
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)
God’s Favorite Customer
I Love You, Honeybear
Real Love Baby
The Ideal Husband
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