Kurt Vile’s Acoustic Set At Luck Reunion Stirred The Senses THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: KURT VILE @ LUCK REUNION 3/15/18
LUCK, TX- For most of our SXSW and Luck Reunion artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Kurt Vile: I have seen Kurt Vile and the Violators perform twice before, but when I noticed that Kurt would be performing “solo” at Luck Reunion, my ears perked up. Sure, I’ve seen him slow things down in concert with an acoustic number here and there, but a whole set? I’ve watched him perform (online) solely acoustic sets with with Courtney Barnett, but I was intrigued to see/hear him do a whole set solo.
What I Thought Of Kurt Vile’s Performance: My forecast of full solo acoustic set was only half right. Following Lukas Nelson’s performance, Kurt joined Lukas and Promise of the Real and had them back him for a handful of numbers including his iconic cut “Pretty Pimpin”. But things really got good, at least for me, when Lukas and company left the stage and it was just Kurt on stage all by his lonesome, because it was during that portion of his set that he really cast a palpable mood over the Luck Reunion crowd.
I’ve always been drawn to Kurt’s music because of how generally introspective his songs are. A lot of his lyrics, if you take the time to listen to them, are drenched in melancholy, and emotionally packed. When he sang “Dust Bunnies” … as cheesy as it sounds … I kinda had an out of body experience.
I gotta admit that I’ve never had the mood of music wash over me so completely. When he sang the lyrics, “You think you’re tired? Put your face in my place. We swap faces and I see you’re tired”, I dunno man … there was something kind magical about it. It almost felt like Kurt was commiserating with my own well-being. It was the music … It was the atmosphere … Or it may just have been the magic that’s Luck, but for some reason those lyrics, in that moment, hit me pretty hard. Musical magic, man. Magic.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 16, 2018
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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