Tweedy taps archive, covers on solo tour
By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy kicked
off his fall solo tour Friday in Madison, Wis., treating the
crowd to songs recent (“Spiders (Kidsmoke”), vintage (“Sunken
Treasure” and rare (“Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard”).
His young son Spencer also joined him on drums for “I’m the
Man Who Loves You,” the first song of the encore.
In addition to an as-yet-unnamed song from Tweedy’s
upcoming album with his side band Loose Fur, the show also
featured four songs with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche to close
the evening, including “The Late Greats” and a cover of Bob
Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding.”
“By the nature of playing by yourself, my repertoire gets a
lot bigger than what it is with the band, that’s for sure,”
Tweedy told Billboard.com. “The band is capable of playing
everything in the catalog, but at any given point you can’t
just pull something out and expect everybody to know it. With
this band, we have to take time to revisit things.
“Going out by myself, I really only have myself to worry
about, and I know most of the songs,” he added with a laugh.
Prior to Tweedy’s sets, Kotche is performing material from
his upcoming Nonesuch Records solo album. Wilco guitarist Nels
Cline will fill the opening slot for a lone gig on November 16
in New York. “Glenn will probably come out and do a few songs
with me, but I kind of like to keep it a surprise if it is
going to happen,” Tweedy said.
The solo tour runs through November 22 in London, after
which Wilco will continue work on their next studio album,
which Tweedy is hoping to release sometime next year. The group
has been working on 13 songs at its Chicago rehearsal space,
including “I’m Talking to Myself About You” and the tentatively
titled “On and On and On and On.”