w/ Benjamin A. Harper
The Basement; Nashville, TN
July 24, 2015
Review by Olivia Burd (@nashweekender). Photos by Jen Silver.
Sometimes, 50 minutes late is worth the wait. Benjamin A. Harper (the “A.” distinguishing him from another notable singer-songwriter) was pacing on the back porch of The Basement, almost biting his nails at the thought that a couple guys were missing from his band lineup. It was Friday night and 30 minutes after his opening slot’s start time. That missing horn section included Robert Gay and another member of The Alarms; they were jetting over from their fooBar show just before and had played for Benjamin at his Grimey’s in-store before that! Triple duty. Nashvillian musicians know how to make every minute count. The headliner Anderson East‘s fro-donning keyboardist didn’t look too phased while chatting with friends in the parking lot. Anderson admitted that he wasn’t feeling too well from this long-as-a-highway tour (that will continue you until November), and later exclaimed to the crowd: “y’all made my f***in’ night!”