The Recipe w/ Special Guest Railroad Earth
09.22.01 | State Theatre | Falls Church, VA

Ah yes ladies and gentlemen, scenic Falls Church, VA; home of northern Virginia's finest venue The State Theatre. Compliments of Walther Productions we were served up two fine and bands and plenty of good vibes. Harmonic roots rock mixed with a variety of mountain melodies covered a historical landmark on an evening that was made to see music.

Railroad Earth, a relatively new sextet from New Jersey kicked the night off. Bringing a traditional brand of bluegrass to the stage, thick on three-part harmonies and instrumental diversity. We heard a nice dance tune called "Rag Time Annie Lee," and "Chains," a number off of their recently released debut album called The Black Bear Sessions. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this up and coming band and recommend everyone take a look.

It was then time for our good friends, The Recipe, from Morgantown to take the stage, as the seven porch friendly members were all smiles. Opening with "Seasons," an original by new lead singer Julie Edlow. We then heard a salute to what guys go through in the morning called "Typical Angel," an upbeat jam that always renders a smile from my top piece. "Wishing Well" gave us thick and energetic solos from the string section as they segued into "Shotgun Wedding" giving Julie a chance to show exactly why her transition into the band was not only smooth, but in my opinion, a step forward. The extensive set continued with some newer Recipe originals and the observation by front man Joe Prichard that, "you can always count on the porch to add meaningful illustration."

When then had the opportunity to hear "Davey's Jubilee," a song that Joe co-wrote with his father, an extremely well put together song. The number also brought us an inspiring violin solo for the most striking violinist that I have ever had the opportunity to see. The percussion section then had a nice chance to shine as we prepared ourselves for an "Alien Abduction" and a chance to sport some "Lingerie." "Midnight Moonlight," a Peter Rowan original was a nice surprise as the band reached pure Appalachian chemistry and a solid connection with their atmosphere. The set concluded with "Playground" as the entire audience grooved and not a filled seat was anywhere in sight. The band concluded the night with a double encore and a melodical exclamation of complete unification and one great set of music.

I had a chance to visit with Julie Edlow after the show and as we shot to proverbial stuff she gave me some words to live by. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This statement hits pretty close to home for a band that has overcome massive adversity as of late and has kept on keeping on by playing an average of 25 shows a month. A salute to longevity and resiliency and a true testament to human spirit from a band that Tim Walthers emphasizes as one that "brings a lot of balance to the stage." Balance is a good thing in our current condition and Morgantown's finest proved to be just the right Recipe. All of you out there in Jam Nation do me a favor, balance your lives and go see live music.

Scott Rosner
JamBase | Virginia
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[Published on: 9/23/01]

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