words by WMSE DJ Rich Mars
Let me start my discussion of the John Doe/ Jill Sobule show Monday night at Shank Hall by saying Jill Sobule is a talented, appealing, smart and compelling singer/songwriter and guitarist. Her material is strong its own right, but I was [at Shank] to see John Doe and unfortunately I got about 45 percent John and 55 percent Jill. Their harmonizing and interplay was entertaining and added a nice dimension to the show. They also did several songs from their new joint CD A Day at the Pass.
The turning point may have been about half way into the show when they asked for requests — the small audience of about 55 blurted out none for John (I inexplicably went blank, despite owning many X and John Doe albums) and about a half-dozen for Jill. It was almost like John and Jill took that as a cue to do more Jill tunes. The closing song of the encore was Sobule’s 1996 hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Fun show but I would’ve liked to get more John and less Jill. I did get to chat with him for a minute afterwards and he said he will be releasing a new solo disc in late summer/early fall.
This contribution comes from WMSE DJ Rich Mars (Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST). Catch the original post on Rich’s blog and read on!