William Fitzsimmons - You cannot miss Fitzsimmons, even in a crowded synagogue. His shaven head and huge beard create a domineering presence, which makes his soft spoken approach to delicate folk songs all the more fascinating. There is almost an American Nick Drake delicacy, but he does not quite have Drake's edginess. I would normally say that is good as it probably keeps his mental health in a better place, but he dashes that when he introduced a song about getting through his various mental health problems. And although he was doing the usual depressing song rotation, he was quite hilarious with his comments and even had a few positive numbers... "I apologize for in advance for the excessive positivity in the next song. I assure you the depressing songs will continue." Fitzsimmons rotated between acoustic and electric and had a second acoustic guitarist along with the producer of his latest album who added steel guitar, electric guitar and banjo. The instruments stayed folky with only the slightest of rock touches toward the end. Fitzsimmons joked some famous song intros including "Stairway to Heaven" and had the crowd cracking up when he actually did the beginning and first verse and chorus of "Sweet Home Alabama". He did that since his steel guitarist hates the song. He really had the crowd into it the whole way with his humor and strong, assured presentation of his songs. He did a three song encore including an acoustic trio version of "Heart of Gold" where they stood around one mic to give it a busking effect. Great show by two outstanding talents tonight.
Quote of the Night: Fitzsimmons... "Do you mind if I reach down and get a drink of beer?" As he does the lighting guy turns off the spotlight on him.