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Girlyman (one of my favorite, favorite bands) is on tour again, celebrating their new CD, Everything’s Easy (which I have been enjoying since its release)!

I had the distinct pleasure, honor, and delight of attending their show at the first stop on the tour.

But first, check out their countdown to the new tour:

There were many highlights to the wonderful evening at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut (only 25 minutes from Great Barrington—who knew?). Here are a few choice slices of the experience:

  • Ty singing “Hudson” solo, just her, her pink tie, white sneakers, and guitar on stage (“I’m gonna go get a snack,” Nate announced before leaving the stage). Loved it. Plain and simple.
  • The opening band, Po’ Girl, was great (loved the accordion, the banjo, the xylophone), lots of fun. But most notably, their drummer, JJ Jones, (who accompanied Girlyman for a big chunk of their set) is a phenomenon in the best kind of way. She plays the drums with her whole body, with a truly unique and rocking style, and it makes me smile and want to be her friend.
  • Girlyman banter, always a delight. Included impressions of Beaker from the Muppets, a musical therapy session, and a tuning song about Nate’s mind being in the gutter.
  • Po’ Girlyman Son of a Preacher Man finale.
  • The sweet couple—a woman and man in their 50s, both school teachers, who had driven two hours on a school night for the show—who sat next to me and chatted about how much they love Girlyman and Dar Williams.
  • Talked briefly to Ty, Doris, and Nate afterward, admitted that it was my eighth show. They’re all adorable and sweet.
  • Beautiful, beautiful venue. I really enjoyed being led to my seat in the sixth row even though I chose the cheapest ticket price (definitely sat there for a few minutes thinking I would get kicked out once a mistake was discovered). Apparently, as the guy sitting next to me was telling me, it used to be an old town hall meeting house, and last year it was restored and renovated into this beautiful high-ceilinged, polished-wood, acoustically awesome, warm, welcoming space. And there’s a great restaurant there, too, I’m told. Can’t wait to check it out again soon.

It was a fantastic night. Never fail, Girlyman—their music, their shows, their presence, their certain ineffable girlyman-ness—just makes me really happy. So, a most genuine of thank yous to them.

Their (not in order, as best as I can remember) set list from the night:

  • Easy Bake Ovens
  • Joyful Sign
  • Viola
  • Could Have Guessed
  • Moose in the Road
  • Amaze Me
  • Reva Thereafter
  • Everything’s Easy
  • Hudson
  • Trees Still Bend
  • Through to Sunrise
  • Say Goodbye
  • Young James Dean
  • Tell Me There’s a Reason
  • My Eyes Get Misty
  • Son of a Preacher Man

(As I typed up this list, I started putting an asterisk by my favorites from the evening, but then it was over half of them, and then I started double-asterisking the favorite favorites, and then it was just out of control, so I deleted them all.)

Be sure to check them out sometime during the rest of their tour!

If you’ve never heard this amazing harmonizing folk-pop trio, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Girlyman is made up of Ty Greenstein, Nate Borofsky, and Doris Muramatsu—and they are delightfully bewitching. They also have the best and most charming stage banter I’ve ever heard—from one-of-a-kind tuning songs to stories about seagull attacks. I spend as much time laughing while I’m at a Girlyman show as I do fawning over Ty from afar (a lot).

My friend Angela and I first saw them when they opened for Dar Williams at the Calvin in Northampton in 2005. Since then, there’s been many a show in many a venue: a church in Pittsfield, the Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton (PACE), the Iron Horse in Northampton, and Club Passim in Boston. I think I’m up to seven shows total. And there will definitely be more.

I got their new album, Everything’s Easy, in the mail a few weeks ago (yes, I preordered it; I just can’t help myself).

Everything's Easy—signed, sealed, delivered.

Everything's Easy—signed, sealed, delivered.

My current favorites from this CD: Could Have Guessed, Storms Were Mine, Somewhere Different Now, My Eyes Get Misty.

Another cool thing about the new album: the liner notes.

Yes, that's my name in the liner notes! Yes, I'm goofily excited by this.

Yes, that's my name in the liner notes! Yes, I'm goofily excited by this.

If you’re looking for other songs of theirs to check out, while I would say check them all out, here’s an incomplete list of my perennial favorites (from all of their CDs): The Shape I Found You In, Easy Pearls, Young James Dean, Speechless, Amaze Me, Joyful Sign, Through to Sunrise. Oh! And they do awesome covers, too, like All Through the Night, Angel of the Morning, and Son of a Preacher Man.

Me, Ty, Nate, Doris, and Angela after the PACE show

Me, Ty, Nate, Doris, and Angela after PACE show

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