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Bry Webb brings me to tears at the Music Gallery

Posted by Erin Scholz / February 6, 2012

Bry WebbI haven't cried at a show since Sarah Harmer in 2001, you guys. I used to think some Constantines songs made me strangely emotional but take Bry Webb, a cello, a slide and lap steel guitar, the fact it was my lady time, and songs about his young son and I was set to cry me a motherfucking river! Saturday night Bry Webb played his album release show (two back to back shows actually) at The Music Gallery.

Bry WebbWebb's performance was so powerful and earnest that, combined with the gorgeous setting, I 1) didn't miss our beloved Constantines and 2) got as close to a "religious experience" as I've ever had a concert.

Bry WebbThe pews were packed and everyone listened intently to the amazing acoustics on Webb's stripped-down twangy songs and his frequent cheerful banter. Before playing a song about his son he told us that "he couldn't come to the show — it's past his bedtime. We had a dance party this afternoon. I got really sweaty." And it was right about then that my happy-tears started to kicked in (shut up, I know). Webb was also filled with praise and chatter for his opener, Doug Tielli, all night.

Bry WebbThe polite audience got a bit noisy when they recognized Webb's single "Rivers of Gold," but in general it was a hushed atmosphere. In Webb's words, "this silence is intense, I'm not used to this." He was right — the silence was intense, especially for a socially awkward freak like myself. I seriously thought everyone could hear my weight shift from one foot to another (no room in the pews, man, had to stand...man). So when a drummer took the stage for the last song, "Ex-Punks," a collective sigh was let out in the room. As the most upbeat and rocking track on the album, I was thrilled to hear it and it ended the show perfectly, allowing Webb's powerful voice a little more room to maneuver.

Bry WebbI've covered some stupid bands in my day, and Bry Webb was a great reminder of what music should be. If I were a psychiatrist I would say his calm, confident, beautiful music reflects how at peace he is with his life right now. And as much as I love and miss The Constantines' raucous, that's worth trading pretty much anything for.

Photos by Christian Bobak

Discussion

9 Comments

Steven / February 6, 2012 at 02:59 pm
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Oh yeah! He played a show on Gomeshi's Q a few months ago and I totally bawled out my eyeballs at my desk while listenign to him.
Aldrin / February 6, 2012 at 04:23 pm
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Great review and amazing show! I also got teary-eyed when he sung "Asa".
BR / February 6, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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I was at the later show...and I have to admit I got a bit teary too. Great show.
Kat / February 6, 2012 at 04:40 pm
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It's not a cello, that's an upright bass! And Tyler plays it well.
Concerned / February 6, 2012 at 04:45 pm
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I was at the early show myself. Yes it was pretty fantastic, but this review is definitely the worst piece of shit i've read in a while. Way to bring the women's movement back 50+ years. Rein it in you aren't the next margaret cho. Also for those of you who came to hear Cons material, which it seemed that the writer was secretly hoping for, what part of SOLO CD release show did you not clue into.
Derek replying to a comment from Concerned / February 6, 2012 at 05:04 pm
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"Way to bring the women's movement back 50+ years."

Best thing I've read all day. Thank you for that. Brilliant.
Christian / February 6, 2012 at 08:07 pm
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There were feelings at this show. It was felt.
belvedere replying to a comment from Derek / February 6, 2012 at 08:30 pm
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hahahahahahahaha. but at least the jibe wasn't ad hominem, eh? or was it? hey, shifting sands, look out!
duuude / February 6, 2012 at 08:34 pm
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"cello".

Heh.

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