Sounds like I made a mistake skipping Bob Dylan at the Ryman last night. Jack White made a guest appearance, Dylan gave a rare live performance of "Workin Man Blues #2", Nashville studio legend (and Robert's Western Wear regular) Don Herron headed up the band, and oh yeah there was this:
He didn't talk much, but he appeared delighted by the music, by the venue, by the reception from a crowd that included heavyweight artists John Prine and Buddy Miller and by the rest of it all.
And Elvis Costello sat up in the balcony by the soundboard, watching with a wry grin.
Elvis Costello? Oh yes, he was a surprise opening act, playing after Amos Lee's well-received set.
Costello plugged his acoustic guitar into an amplifier for a riveting "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," and he drew a mid-song ovation in "The Scarlet Tide" when he sang "Admit you lied, and bring the boys back home."