Admittedly, Sukierae is an album that’s had more than a few plays around the house so having the chance to see Tweedy live couldn’t be passed up.
Early arrivals were welcomed with the smooth Americana vibes of Those Pretty Wrongs, made up of the simple minimalist sounds of a guitar and two voices courtesy of Jody Stephens and Luther Russell. But a larger ensemble arrived when Tweedy took to the stage to share some tunes from Sukierae, kicking off with Hazel.
Although the project of Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer, each had brought along a few friends to expand to a full band appearing in various formations across the night. Still, attention was centered on Jeff Tweedy as each song was delivered with ease and effortless ability. Rhythms shone in Diamond Light Pt 1 and World Away, while melodies from Flowering and Summer Noon were a delight to hear in the surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Including a lesser known track from Diane Izzo was a perfect fit, with Love Like a Wire being an absolute standout.
Unexpectedly, there was an opportunity to hear some solo work from Jeff Tweedy later in the night, sharing a few Wilco favourites – and even though there seem to be far too many to choose from, a few noteworthy mentions go to Hummingbird (complete with whistling to be extremely envious of), Jesus, etc., I’m The Man Who Loves You and a solitary Uncle Tupelo number by way of New Madrid made the cut.
An encore of covers and yet again a Bowie cover, this time selected to wrap up the night. But there was twist, bringing Courtney Barnett on stage to join the Tweedy troops for Queen Bitch.