Ever miss a show you want to see? Love a concert so much you to want to hear it all again? Wait a couple of years for a band that you loved the first time?
All those possibilities and more can be part of the annual FloydFest equation.
On Sunday, FloydFest 17’s final full day of live music, the equation began with Aaron Lee Tasjan. He and his band of East Nashville, Tennessee, country-flavored roots rockers drew lots of folks looking to escape one of Saturday’s occasional rainfalls via the Speakeasy Tent. Most stayed well after the rain.
Sunday was sunny, with mild temperatures, but Tasjan’s act still drew well. Many stood outside the Speakeasy, soaking up rays.
Vocally, Tasjan sounds similar to Rodney Crowell but can bust out hard rock and soul vocal chops with big range, clarity and taste. As a guitarist, he knows all the old moves but recasts them in intriguing ways. He’s a strong songwriter, too.
All that came together in the hour-long set’s final two numbers, “Ready To Die” and “The Dangerous Kind.” In the former, he sang “One of these days I’m gonna lose my mind / Can’t wait to see what that’ll help me find.”
The set-closer featured Tasjan and second guitarist Brian Wright getting into chorus after chorus of psychedelic harmony jams.
Shovels & Rope returned to the main stage on Sunday, two years after the husband-and-wife duo’s first FloydFest. Then, Cary Ann Hearst was eight months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
This time, Hearst and Michael Trent brought their daughter along. The parents apparently were ready to deliver fierce rock ’n’ roll and autobiographical story songs.
Music from recent album “Little Seeds” included a brutal takedown of a shallow performer. In “I Know,” the pair harmonized about finding a “little notebook lying on the bar,” and now they…