In the Chicago area, if you were looking for a preview of sorts, one great option was Palatine's Durty Nellies on Friday night.
Old Shoe has made a name for themselves as not only purveyors of some great original tunes, but also as interpreters of classic rock and jamband material. Chicago Farmer's storytelling and richly crafted slices of humanity stems from the grand traditions of artists like the great Bob Dylan.
The frequent collaborators recently completed a brief tour of the Midwest -- but this one had a special theme.
Farmer & The Shoe, a play on the document of the 80's collaborative tour document Dylan & The Dead, featured a third set that was a complete interpretation of the album. The headlining set came after two sets of Chicago Farmer and Old Shoe tunes (with a handful of covers... the Grateful Dead also represented among them).
Dale Foster was on hand to snap some great shots -- as always, doing as good a job capturing the room and the overall event as much as the music on stage. Check out a full gallery of his stuff, plus the complete setlist below.
Friday, July 8th - Durty Nellies - Palatine, IL
Set I: Everybody Knows Everybody in This Town, Road Goes on Forever, Backseat, Assembly Line Blues, People N Places, 200 Miles, The Village
Set II: Denver Down, It Never Left Me, Oneida County, Music Never Stopped, Welcome Home, Bayou Honey, Breathe > Brake My Mind, Freak Flag > Breathe
Set III: Slow Train, I Want You, Serve Somebody, Queen Jane, Joey, All Along the Watchtower, Knockin on Heaven's Door, Tangled Up In Blue
E: Big River