It is a rare treat to be able to see a real pro in an off Broadway venue. TheStocktony and I had that opportunity the other night in Nashville when we were able to see Kasey Anderson live at the 5 Spot.
It was a nice enough bar and had a great sound sound system. But it wasn’t exactly the Opry either.
I am glad.
Because to be mere feet away from somebody that talented was pretty cool.
The set didn’t last particularly long but every minute of it was worthwhile. No filler. Great songs, poignant lyrics, some solid story telling in between. Just one man and a guitar. It was more than enough.
To go into how Kasey Anderson arrived on that small stage in that tiny bar is not a story I feel capable of telling. To sum up, he is a man who now has a new lease on life and seems to be very aware of it. Whatever struggles he has had are not in the past, but rather appear to stick with Kasey in his hip pocket almost as a wallet at his ready. He is comfortable with where he was and where he is now. Not proud of it particularly, but self aware in a way most people just aren’t.
And so, the rare talent is now making the rounds on some stages that are useful and fine if not necessarily worthy of a person this good.
I couldn’t be happier that I had the chance to see him perform in such an intimate setting, but almost feel guilty in it. Still, I encourage others to take advantage of the opportunity if they can. It won’t be long until Kasey will be in perhaps different venues more in line with his skills.
Go watch him now and then if you can. Buy a record, or a t-shirt. Say hello to him, ask him about not only his songs or his life but maybe about baseball or his new found love or his dog. But whatever the case, latch on to his music live or recorded. It is a treasure. And be thankful that his music continues…