Check out Jeff Tweedy’s Career-Spanning Performance Celebrating a decade Of NPR Music
Despite having visited the Small Desk 3 x, and planing a trip to the tunnels beneath Fort Adams Condition Park, Jeff Tweedy has brought only a fraction of his many musical permutations to NPR Music during our primary 10 years.
Thankfully for all of us and the audience at our 10th anniversary concert on Dec. 2 at the 9:30 Club, Tweedy’s set managed to manage the gamut of that celebrated profession. From his beginnings as a slack, alt-nation rocker (playing Uncle Tupelo’s “We’ve Been Experienced”) and A.M.-period Wilco (with “Passenger Area”) to his recent switch as Mavis Staples’ maker and songwriter (on “Jesus Wept”) and later on, Nels Cline-period Wilco (“Locator”).
The constant in every this experimenting is Tweedy’s voice as a singer and songwriter – one that invites a deep trust, even when it courts darkness. Performing solo with an classical guitar, his tone of voice was once again at the center of it all.
Obviously, Tweedy surprised, opening with an unreleased song that looks frontward and back – a theme of the evening. “I leave behind a trail of tunes / from the darkest gloom to the brightest sun,” he sang. “I’ve dropped my way, but it’s hard to state / what I am through should matter to you.” It could hard to state why, but it’s apparent that it does.
“We’ve Been Had”
“I’m The Man Who Loves You”
Director: Colin Marshall; Producers: Colin Marshall, Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey; Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Live Mix Engineer: Shawn “Gus” Vitale; Supervising Maker: Mito Habe-Evans; Managing Producers: Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz, Jessica Goldstein, Abby O’Neill; Creative Director and Maker: Peter Glantz; Concert Videographers: Bronson Arcuri, Kara Body, Nickolai Hammar, Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Niki Walker; Production Assistant: CJ Riculan; Editor: Nickolai Hammar; Special Thanks a lot: The 9:30 Golf club; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins.