About a year ago, one of my good friends first showed me LP through a youtube video of her singing her hit “Lost on You.” I’m unable to pass up a terrible pun, so needless to say this track was not “lost” on me.
After maybe 30 seconds of listening I already had goosebumps. Since then I’ve been a loyal listener, and when I saw LP tickets going on sale at the Tractor tavern for around 20 bucks I immediately snagged one. It’s a good thing I did because it sold out almost immediately. To cut to the chase, LP is undeniably one of the best singers I’ve ever heard and maybe one of the best singers ever. The fact it wasn’t sold out immediately and that I could even snag one is beyond me and quite frankly a tragedy of epic proportions.
Fast forward to show time…Some friends and I got an uber xl and hiked it all the way to Ballard from West Seattle. We were welcomed to a very packed house at the Tractor. I immediately headed to the bar and grabbed a cold Montucky (Light beers are beers too). Service was great, not sure how with how many people were there.
We arrived just in time because the opener Josiah and the Bonnevilles went on after my first couple swigs. At first listen, I groaned thinking “Here we go, another Bob Dylan folk singer” but I was very surprised to find out that wasn’t the case. Granted, he’s definitely all about acoustic guitar and harmonica, but he’s got his own style and his guitar playing is phenomenal. The Bonnevilles also weren’t present, so it was just him up there. His songwriting is great and my friend Paige even tried to buy his CD. Unfortunately they were 15 bucks so she made up her mind to just stream it. I know its always good to support when you can but 15 bucks is a little much. Thems the breaks I guess.
After Josiah, LP made us wait a good long while before she took the stage. I WAS PUMPED to finally hear her song “Muddy Waters” blare from the PA’s. I unfortunately didn’t have the best spot in the house, I was between the bar and this huge pillar so I was constantly craning my neck. She did a great job of working the stage and walking from one end to the other so everyone in the packed room could catch a glimpse of the show.
The rest of the show was honestly just a blur of me smiling at how amazing her voice is and when I thought she couldn’t top something vocally she ALWAYS proved me wrong. The notes she can hit are absolutely insane.
She “ended” the night with “Lost on You” and the whole crowd went absolutely nuts. After the song LP walked off the stage for maybe a minute, but because the crowd was so loud we definitely didn’t have to wait long for the encore which was another 2 songs. You really just need to listen to her and find out for yourself. Why are you even reading this… Use your first world Internet powers and click on a link to listen to both Josiah and LP now! Do it!
LP – Lost On You
Josiah and the Bonnevilles – Cold Blood