by Glenn Alderson
September 29, 2018
The Vogue Theatre
Jeff Tweedy is literally the poster dad for Americana in 2018. The Wilco frontman has been casually making his way around the world this summer playing intimate solo acoustic shows and he brought the Wilco back-catalogue with him. By this point in his career, he knows a thing or two about commanding an audience and he does it with rugged style and grace. You could hear a pin drop at his recent Vancouver appearance at the Vogue Theatre, on tour in support of his new solo album, WARM, out Nov. 30 on dBpm Records.
There’s not many surprises in regards to the sound of his solo material. His most recent single, “Some Birds” being a very familiar but welcomed addition to his song roster. Tweedy plucked and serenaded fans with his signature sound, mixing in old and new Wilco songs throughout the evening.
“We Miss Wilco!” one fan shouted from the audience half way through the set. “Did you just call me Miss Wilco?” Tweedy retorted with a smile on his face before breaking in to “Impossible Germany” off of Wilco’s 2007 release, Sky Blue Sky.
There’s a lot to be said about a solo performer who can hold a captive audience at the Vogue Theatre on a Saturday evening. In fact the last time this happened at the venue was when Phil Elverum stopped in to perform songs from his latest heart-wrenching offering as Mount Eerie. However, for Tweedy there were much less tears and more crowd interaction. There was even a point where he had the entire crowd singing in unison along to “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” And while Wilco is so much more than their seminal album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, it was nice to see that he hasn’t left the good parts of his past behind for fans to still enjoy.