St. Paul & The Broken Bones / Aaron Lee Tasjan – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA – 3/7/17

Before they go down under to Australia and then hit the summer festival circuit, St. Paul & The Broken Bones embarked on a mini east coast run with a stop at a sold out show in Philadelphia at the Union Transfer.  Opening for the show was Aaron Lee Tasjan, supporting his latest release Silver Tears from New West Records.  Aaron, and band, didn’t just performed their songs, but presented a storytellers feel to their set.  A song like “Bitch Can’t Sing” would need a little background and Aaron happily explained the meaning of the song and title with comedy relief.  “12 Bar Blues” and “Ready To Die” were two other stand out tracks, but the song “Success” chorus’ speaks volumes.  Make sure to check Aaron on his current tour.

It’s been awhile since St. Paul & The Broken Bones came through Philadelphia, so long that it was a party and someone brought balloons!  Paul Janeway and company give 110% each show, but for this Philadelphia show it was 210%.  Playing for just a little under two hours, St. Paul & The Broken Bones are able to fill their setlist with all originals and a few covers now.  Prior to Sea Of Noise, their setlist featured originals and good amount of covers.  However their covers are just as memorable as their originals.  Their Van Morrison cover of “I’ve Been Working”  allows each member to show off their musicianship abilities and making this cover alway a highlight.  Another highlight is “Broken Bones & Pocket Change” in which Paul lays out every human emotion on stage and blowing away the crowd.  Hopefully we never see this song disappear from the setlist.  For a 20 song set, St. Paul & The Broken Bones play just about every audience members’ favorite.  For a band celebrating 5 years together already, you can expect more greatness out of these southern gentlemen.

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