write a setlist for a show because the songs I play depends on the interaction of show-goers. Now, I can’t see the reaction of those watching, so I make my setlists entirely by the way I feel. The closest thing I get to audience participation is a scrolling line of comments. While I’m playing, I can’t really look at them because I’m focused on the songs, but in between tunes, I can get a quick sense of who’s there who might want what song.”
Regardless of the technological veil put between band and listener, the 421’s gave it their all for their recent live stream show. It was apparent by the energetic interactions that playing together live again was a pure joy to the band. The 421’s showcased some covers (John Lennon’s “Strange Days” and Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had Boat”) as well as songs from Nelson’s upcoming album, which is being recorded by the band via music files shared over the Internet. Most of the new songs have never been played with the whole band in one place before, so the Livestream was an excellent way for them to come together and breathe life into the songs. “Cornbread” is a twangy, tongue in cheek ditty, “Back In My Day” speaks of an easier time of childhood with a country-groove behind it, while “Truck Stop Drugs” rocks hard. “Chasing The Sun”, with the lyrics “living like a bullet from a loaded gun,” was dedicated to local guitarist Rahman D’Amato, who passed away a few months ago. The show was sprinkled with anthemic tunes from Nelson’s Honeydust-era, like “Life Of The Party” and “2 Steps”, both rollicking piles of dirty, rock and roll fun.