Mayer Hawthorne and The County at Bimbo’s 365 [Photos]

10/21/2011

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Mayer Hawthorne and The County rolled into the famed Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco last Friday in their typical suave style. No big deal, just playing to a packed house. No big deal, just reinventing soul for the masses. Donned in matching bright red tuxedos, Mayer and The County steamrolled through the night, sending their adoring (understatement) fans kicking and screaming. The sold-out crowd, comprised of white, black, asian, young, old and anything in between, was diverse to say the least. That’s not too surprising either. Combining a retro soul sound with the attitude of Generation-whatever-they-are-calling-now (modern?) in well-crafted songs has the rare possibility for mass appeal without losing any artistic sense. And, believe me, that sound is better live. The setlist, as was to be expected, built and built through hit after hit; the night flew right by. I guess that’s what is to be expected when nearly every song on both their old and new album (How Do You Do, which dropped last Monday) could be considered a single (by record execs and fans alike). To top off a great night, was this kicker: The crowd did not settle when almost all of their new, unfamiliar songs were played. The energy in the room stayed the exact same (HIGH!) whether they were playing recognized hits like “Maybe So, Maybe No” and “I Wish It Would Rain” or newbies like “A Long Time” and “The Walk”.

Each time I see Mayer Hawthorne and The County they seem to get better. More seasoned yet more energetic. Here’s to hoping that trend only continues. Photos and song below. Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne – ‘You Called Me’

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