lifeblood: bootlegs: 1993
1993-01-02: the clermont lounge - atlanta, georgia (amy ray and ellen james society)
a pretty good recording of a rocking performance, amy guests with the ellen james society on an extended version of their "god in heaven" and trades vocals with chris mcquire. amy contributed vocals on the original studio recording as well, which is still available through daemon records on the ellen james society cd "reluctantly we..." (a terrific record that i highly recommend). amy was also a frequent guest for live performances of the song, often working in a soc section towards the end of the song, as she does in this recording.
1993-01-19: constitution hall - washington, d.c.
an pretty good sounding recording of a benefit show, david crosby guests on "galileo", there is a scorching version of "all along the watchtower" (complete with stream of conscious lyrics and amazing guitar work), and at the end all the performers play "teach your children" together.
1993-02-04: orchestra hall - minneapolis, minnesota
a somewhat distant and sometimes hissy recording of a really good show, the solo songs for the night were "romeo and juliet" and "(he played real good) for free".
1993-02-10: eddie's attic - decatur, georgia
a really good recording of a really neat show, the crowd is loud between the songs, and occassionally during the songs, but it is an accurate representation of what it was like to see amy and emily at eddie's attic back in the day. terrific guest spots by gerard mchugh, caroline aiken, eddie owen, and ashley and mark. also the public debut of "reunion", which features different lyrics and amy says was just finished that day, and a terrific "another on the rise" by caroline aiken and emily. funny banter throughout, including the run up to "never stop".
1993-03-05: town and country - london, england
a nice sounding recording of a neat show where joan baez guests on "don't think twice it's alright", "the water is wide", "welcome me", and "american tune", in addition to a solo performance of "swing low sweet chariot".
1993-03-08: the club - brussels, belgium
1993-03-09: radio noord
a nice recording of a radio appearance where "three hits" and "galileo" are performed live in the studio as an acoustic duo.
1993-03-12: logo - hamburg, germany
a terrific sounding recording of a fun show, the crowd is a little chatty at times, but kevn kinney sitting in on "down by the river" and "straight to hell" more than makes up for it.
1993-03-12: logo - hamburg, germany (alternate recording)
1993-03-15: tivoli - dublin, ireland
a nice sounding recording of a neat show, fiachna o braonain of hothouse flowers guests on "closer to fine".
1993-03-20: riverside club - newcastle, england
1993-04-04: eddie's attic - decatur, georgia ($10 tour)
in the spring of 1993, after almost a year of big stage production touring behind "rites of passage", amy and emily and their band got back to basics with the $10 tour. the venues were small clubs, tickets and t-shirts were both $10, and the first fan in line at each show got to pick the setlist from a list of songs. this is a really good sounding recording of the opening night of that tour, highlights include dede vogt guesting on "the water is wide".
1993-04-05: 40 watt club - athens, georgia ($10 tour)
a pretty good recording of the second night of the tour, another great set list, michelle malone guests on "down by the river", janet mclaughlin guests on "get together", and michael stipe guests on "kid fears".
1993-04-06: cat's cradle - chapel hill, north carolina ($10 tour)
another pretty good recording, this time of the third night of the tour, highlights include beautiful renditions of "you left it up to me" and "history of us".
1993-04-07: the boathouse - norfolk, virginia ($10 tour)
a pretty good sounding recording of another neat show, highlights include "play it again sam" (with a great introduction by emily) and michelle malone guesting on "strange fire".
1993-04-09: birchmere - alexandria, virginia ($10 tour)
another pretty good sounding recording of a great show, michelle malone guests on "i don't wanna know" and delivers a message to someone in the crowd during the introduction, and a band version of "you and me of the 10,000 wars".
1993-04-10: the bottom line - new york, new york (early show) ($10 tour)
a really good sounding show featuring a terrific "jonas and ezekiel" and "love of the common people" complete with the roches on backing vocals.
1993-04-10: the bottom line - new york, new york (late show) ($10 tour)
1993-04-11: mountain stage radio program
1993-04-13: bogart's - cincinnati, ohio ($10 tour)
this is a really good sounding recording, with some truly amazing vocals throughout, including one of the all time best performances of "tangled up in blue".
1993-04-18: cabaret metro - chicago, illinois ($10 tour)
a really good recording of the last night of the $10 tour, highlights include "down by the river" and the debut of amy and emily joining michelle malone on "alter of my youth".
1993-04-20: valaparaiso university - valaparaiso, illinois
a pretty good sounding recording of a great show, michael lorant sits in on "kid fears" and "chickenman", and in the run up to "ghost" both amy and emily remark on lighters being held aloft, amy says she thinks it is the first time that has ever happened for them. both are in fine voice and fine spirits throughout.
1993-04-21: breslin center - east lansing, michigan
1993-04-22: fox theater - detroit, michigan
an excellent sounding recording of a terrific show.
1993-04-24: rialto square theater - joliet, illinois
1993-04-29: jazz and heritage festival - new orleans, louisiana
1993-05: in the life episode 207 - march on washington
1993-05-07: frankin and marshall college - lancaster, pennsylvania
1993-05-31: idiot's delight radio program - new york, new york
a pretty good recording of a neat in studio performance, the first and only known time that emily contributes some terrific guitar work on "romeo and juliet".
1993-08-03: the forum - london, england
1993-08-04: the forum - london, england
1993-08-06: dramouter folk festival - dramouter, belgium
1993-08-08: the newport folk festival - newport, rhode island
with joan baez and mary chapin carpenter
1993-08-21: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead)
1993-08-21: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording)
1993-08-21: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 2)
1993-08-21: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 3)
1993-08-21: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 4)
1993-08-22: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead)
1993-08-22: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording)
1993-08-22: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 2)
1993-08-22: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 3)
1993-08-22: autzen stadium - eugene, oregon (opener for the grateful dead) (alternate recording 4)
1993-08-22: grateful dead radio hour #262
1993-09-26: songwriter showcase - eddie's attic - decatur, georgia (kelly hogan, amy ray, cooper seay, jan dykes) (radio broadcast)
the late 80s and early 90s were a really fun time to hang out in atlanta, on any given night you could chose between hearing michelle malone, kristen hall, wendy bucklew, ellen james society, and more, and if you were really lucky you might catch them sharing the stage with up to three other artists in what were then known as songwriter showcases. the shows were very loosely formatted, and the different artists would often start singing and/or playing along with each other, making for some really neat collaborations. the fall of 1993 found both amy and emily participating in on these types of shows, working on the songs that would later comprise the "swamp ophelia" record. this show has amy sitting in with kelly hogan, cooper seay, and jan dykes, and is the radio broadcast of the first half of the set.
1993-09-26: songwriter showcase - eddie's attic - decatur, georgia (kelly hogan, amy ray, cooper seay, jan dykes)
an audience recording of the entire performance from the same show as the above radio broadcast, includes a guest appearance by emily on the last few songs.
1993-10-27: songwriter showcase - eddie's attic - decatur, georgia (pierce pettis, janet mclaughlin, emily saliers, dede vogt) (radio broadcast)
emily sitting in with pierce pettis, janet mclaughlin, and dede vogt, all of whom are terrific artists in their own rights. this recording is the radio broadcast of the first half of the set, to the best of my knowledge no audience recording exists of the second half of the show, which was not broadcast.
1993-10-28: urban nirvana - atlanta, georgia
recorded a couple of days before amy and emily went into the studio to record "swamp ophelia". the show was unannouced with just a handful of fans getting advanced word through the atlanta grapevine, and luckily for us one of them brought their tape recorder. the performance was completely unplugged, no mics, no amps, no monitors, and was a dry run of sorts for many of the songs that would end up on the record. the sound quality is pretty good, especially considering the conditions.
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