It was a slow evening at the Tractor--despite the opening band's enthusiasm to keep the crowd from trickling outside. Openers Legendary Oaks along with Ben Gilmer & The Sidearms created a little bit of toe-tapping; however, tired feet were headed toward the door once folk-country singer Jack Wilson jumped on stage.
For those remaining near the stage, Wilson, accompanied by his band The Wife Stealers, put on a show that managed to revive sleepy patrons sipping Rainier. His upbeat behavior---not to mention his impressive 'stache--kept watchers on their toes and grabbing more beers. The song Turpentine was filled with such instrumental cohesiveness that I forgot for a moment that he wasn't signed to label at all.
Debuting the works of his first album--yet to be finished--Wilson showcased promising vocals combined with a pedal steel guitar and love of booze, most of which was purchased for him by members of the audience. The more whiskey Wilson drank, the more he regaled us with stories that explained where some of his lyrics came from. When describing an acid trip, someone near the stage commented that it sounded "like a good one." Wilson said it was. From the looks of things, he's done it enough to know. Fortunately, his music is the better for it.