It was such a different experience than any other show I've ever seen. Dressed in a t-shirt, plaid shorts and tennis shoes, McClure stood to the side of the stage rather than the middle and there was only a bass player and drummer making up the band. McClure was so goofy and you could tell he didn't take himself too seriously, him and the band were just up there to have fun. I actually asked my friends if he went to freakin clown school because he was SO nutty. I loved it. For someone that's produced as many albums for badasses like Cross Canadian Ragweed and the Damn Quails, he seems like such a fun and humble character.
It was the probably the most entertaining, exciting and just fun shows I've ever seen outside of LJT. It wasn't too packed, and I met up with a group of girls and we all stood at the front and acted goofy and sang along. People even backed off the stage to let couples dance between the crowd and the stage, which I've never seen before, it was just that laid back. McClure was so interactive with the crowd, from letting people strum his guitar, to calling out fans and just talking directly to us - I felt like it was a friend we've known for years up on that stage we went to support, not one of the pioneers of Red Dirt music. At one point he covered Neil Young's Rockin' in the Free World, or as I call it - the last song Ragweed ever sang - and he stuck the microphone in front of me and a few friends and let us each sing a line.
He sang a mix of old Divide songs, new stuff from 50 Billion and everything in between. No set list, just played whatever felt right. I normally hate when people yell out requests, but I found myself inclined to for the first time ever because he was actually playing lots of them.
I didn't know how much I loved this band until then but I now know I will forever be a fan and go back and see them time and time again. So much fun. I highly recommend.
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(My favorite 'gypsy' song."