The Power of Three on Something Completely Different, Tuesday, 7-9 pm

Aug 29, 2016

Jason Mraz, Gillian Welch, Michael Franks

I've done these three-part-harmony shows before, taking three performers who seem to fit together, or make an interesting contrast, or just appeal to three different sides of the music appreciation mechanism that lives somewhere above my ears. I've got a few planned, and this is the first. I've been listening to Gillian Welch and her incredible guitarist partner David Rawlings, ever since they appeared on the scene with their first album, and loved every minute of it, only wishing that they made more recordings. Ever since seeing her in the great Coen Brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, looking like someone right out of Appalachia, it's made me smile to remember that she grew up in Hollywood in a showbiz family, and met Rawlings when they were students together at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Like Gillian, I had my first taste of Michael Franks' music on vinyl, with his best-known song Popsicle Toes being on that first vinyl, The Art of Tea. He's a great jazz musician and songwriter, his work always sustained by both tenderness and humor. I think my favorite love song is his Vivaldi's Song. You'll hear it Tuesday evening.

Jason Mraz is another tender and funny guy, whom I only discovered this year. Wonderfully gentle songs and, of course, tremendously romantic. And he's a surfer dude, like my son Lucas.

So that's the lineup for Tuesday night, 7-9pm. Please listen, and thanks.