Ed Gray is as unpredictable as he is talented. He hit the modest stage at PS1 with his freshly released album the Old Bending River. He played the album in it’s entirety over the KRUI airwaves, speckling the performance with his playful, erratic humor. I laugh at the thought of people on their homebound commutes tuning in to hear Ed’s sporadic, blaring shouts in to the mic, his dry, on point sarcasm and flippant responses to the hosts’ queries. Ed said to me last night “it’s too bad I was holding back.” Whoa, boy, if THAT was him holding back, I’d love to see a full-on assault of Ed Gray-ness. It was honestly the most fun I’ve had at a show in quite some time, and was certainly the most jocular Little Village Live performance I’ve heard.
I’ve seen Ed on stage more times than I can count, but this was the first time I’ve seen him backed by a full band. He teamed up with some of Iowa City’s finest to put out an album that I can listen to front to back and over again. To read more about the album and the musicians that helped throw this whole thing together, click here. You can also catch bits of his Little Village Live performance on the Little Village’s youtube channel.