NYC (thankfully) sees it's fair share of Texas artists, but March has been one for the books, with particularly heavy traffic. Roger Creager, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew Band and Pat Green already passed through the city with Cory Morrow rounding things out on the 19th.
Add to that list, William Clark Green who rolled into town this past Friday for a return visit as part of an east coast run that included Philly, Boston and Washington D.C. Before a crowd of about one hundred, Green played songs from all four of the albums in his catalog kicking things off with "Next Big Thing" from his critically lauded 2015 release Ringling Road (an album where Green's gift for storytelling with wit, depth, frankness and utterly perceptive observations has never been stronger). A little "I Won't Back Down" cushioned in "Hangin' Around" as well as some Beatles ("With A Little Help From My Friends) and the Stones ("Start Me Up") prior to "She Likes The Beatles" were well received by the crowd who were on their feet dancing in between the tables to "Creek Don't Rise" and air drumming to "Sticks and Stones."
The energy kept up throughout the little over an hour set until Green's weighty solo acoustic performance which showcased a more serious side. As his band left the stage, Green told the story of his best friend's one-night stand that resulted in pregnancy - and how proud he was of his friend for deciding to take responsibility for the child - before launching into Chris Knight's tale of the same, "Enough Rope."
Things lightened back up again when his band of brothers (Cameron Moreland, Josh Serrato, Sawyer McGee, Steven Marcus) returned for a few more before closing out the night (to the delight of the guy requesting it early on) with "Ringling Road."
Next Big Thing
It's About Time
Dead or In Jail
Creek Don't Rise
Sticks and Stones
Fool Me Once
She Likes The Beatles
Green's latest project, a live album recorded at Gruene Hall, will be released May 13th.