“Fred Eaglesmith in Concert”
Schreiner University Bear’s Den
Texas Heritage Music Foundation
Review by Jack Armstrong
When Kathleen Hudson called and asked me to a recent Fred Eaglesmith concert at Schreiner University, I decided to go to see an artist that I had heard about for years but had never experienced directly. I regret it took me this long to become a fan.
Dubbed The Travellng Steam Show, it is hard to describe Fred’s combination of music, comedic anecdotes and a carnival roadshow atmosphere.
Hailing from Canada, Fred hits the road with the Steam Show and plays literally hundreds of venues on each pass. I hope that Kerrville will be on his 2015 list.
The show opens with members of Fred’s crackerjack band warming up the crowd before Fred joins them. An hour later, I was glowing having heard a great songwriter, raconteur and gifted performer. The band, with some of the members with Fred for decades, was more an extension of Fred’s vision than just a crackerjack sideman lineup and the whole enterprise is a well-oiled family band.
Check out Fred’s web site at fredeaglsmith.com.