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Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Whitefish & Missoula, MT- 8/28-29

As we headed back to the lake and attempted to lower our adrenaline, we reminisced about the first night show and set list and hyped ourselves up for the next show in Missoula. After a solid rest, we woke to a King’s breakfast and spent our last day on the lake, kayaking, swimming, and taking boat rides, as more friends arrived from around the country. One more BBQ feast and we were on the road to Missoula for night two of the run. The short two hour ride from Swan to Missoula is a very scenic easy drive and we found ourselves there in no time. This night we stayed with some mutual friends and got to the show right on time. The Great Elks Lodge turned out to be one of the most comfortable venues of the week. Stiff drinks and an easy going staff kept the JMOS crew comfortable, and it became noticeable that our group was getting larger each day.

Once again the band came out firing on all cylinders as they chose to open up with the slower, “King of Love” and then launched out of the gates with “Yellow Ribbons” into Neil Young’s “Powderfinger.” Other favorites included Daddy Bruce*, the new “White Peaches” and the MT appropriate “Henry” to close the 1st set. I tried to video this show, but due to some technical difficulties of my own, I only captured the 1st four songs. The link to “Daddy Bruce” on my YouTube is below.

After a short break, Second set brought us face to face with tight versions of “Staple Gun”, “Poison”, and a great rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Missed the Boat.” A long and steady version of “Soda Man” not only closed the set, but showed us how great the chemistry of the band is right now. Wow!

The encore was one of the more unique moments of the night. They came out and teased the opening notes to “1936 Jesus”, then proceeded to get grooving in the rhythm of “Happy Book.” Sure enough Jerry started the lyrics of “1936 Jesus” over the music of “Happy Book”. This kept up through the song and into the actual song, “Happy Book.” Confused yet? I was, but was loving’ every minute of it!!

After the show we went back to our new comrade’s home for more drinks and conversation, and thankfully another great night’s sleep. After a nice brunch in town it was finally time for the final stretch down to Virginia City, MT; the true ‘Wild Wild West.’

To be continued

Missoula, MT (Hell’s Gate Elks Lodge, AKA Stage 112)

Set I: King of Love, Yellow Ribbons>Powderfinger>Yellow Ribbons, Mountain Home, Daddy Bruce, The Road Home, White Peaches, Cloud Eyes, Belmont Radiator, Henry (slow).

Set II: Coliseum, Bright Young Thing, Kicking Hong Kong, Staple Gun/Boston Rag/Showbiz Kids, Poison, Missed the Boat, Unprotected, Soda Man (w/Lucretia My Reflection, Sex-o-matic Venus Freak, Mysterious Ways, & Young Blood raps).

Enc: 1936 Jesus>Happy Book

All Photos courtesy of BillyMac Photography
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As always I dedicate this to my Mother, Kathleen McAlaine. You are my inspiration!! RIP.

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There are 7 comments associated with this post

Review? September 16, 2013, 14:15:19

Does this even count as a “review”? I’m glad your vacation was fun but I can look up setlists on my own without having to read about your day activities.
A “review” contains descriptions and analysis of songs, sets, venues. Glad you had fun but this is weak stuff.

Bill McAlaine September 18, 2013, 00:39:29

It was meant to be more of an experience piece than just a review. The second part will get more in depth to the music, and shows themselves. Thanks for reading.

Bill McAlaine September 18, 2013, 01:39:05

Here is the link to the youtube of the video I took in Missoula during Daddy Bruce:

Justin Benoliel September 18, 2013, 09:56:43

No Better crew than the Jmos crew. Good work Bill

Sean September 18, 2013, 14:57:14

I agree with Justin, nice job Bill. Sounds like an awesome time, how do i get an invite for next year?

Andrew Mount September 19, 2013, 18:36:15

Like Billy said, this review is “to be continued.” Thank you, sir, for sharing your memories, which rekindled mine, in turn. The summer 2013 Montana run was so damn fun. I’ll resist the urge to comment about those who won’t share their name but are willing to disparage your work in a public forum, but these were most certainly some damn good late summer days. It was my first time making a Jmos Montana run, and my second (still totally amateur) attempt at recording, and I’m so happy to have finally made the trek up there. I met so many great folks, reconnected with a bunch more, saw beautiful places, and heard hours and hours of top-notch, heart-and-soul rock music. You’re a good man, Billy. And like Justin said, there’s “no better crew than the Jmos crew.” So true. We’ll see some (hopefully LOTS) of you in the Bay Area in October, and PDX for NYE. You guys and gals have fun at all the other shows in the meantime.

Michael Simon September 30, 2013, 22:00:47

Nice review, Billy! I won’t miss it next year!

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