Glen Phillips and Jonatha Brooke
On a cold December Saturday night we went inside The Rex Theater for the double concert bill of Glen Phillips and Jonatha Brooke.
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) accompanied by Jonathan Kingham (vocals/guitar) did a 55-minute, 15-song set. Jonatha Brooke came on stage to play the piano and sing two songs with Glen. Jonathan took a turn in the spotlight on “She’s So California”. Glen did a couple of songs from his latest project, Works Progress Administration (WPA), “Rise Up” and his final song of the evening “I Don’t Need Anything I Don’t Have”. From his EP “Secrets of the New Explorer” Glen did a kid’s song about radiation sickness “Solar Flare”, that Jonatha joined him on. Some songs can stand the test of time and be stripped down. That was the case of Toad’s “All I Want”, it was an acoustic gem.
We learned a few things about Jonatha Brooke during her 14-song, 1-hour and 20-minute set. Jonatha will probably never record a Christmas album, she can do an impersonation of a small dog, she’s more comfortable playing the guitar then the piano, for financial reasons she did not bring a band with her, adding that sometimes she likes to go out on tour alone and that she loves her latest release “The Works”.
Jonatha sang at least four songs from “The Works”. Most of the lyrics on the album were written by Woodie Guthrie. Jonatha told us the history of how she went to the Woodie Guthrie Archives and came out with the idea to do this album. “My Flowers Grow Green” was an especially beautiful tune, with Jonatha singing quietly at the piano. Returning the favor, Glen came back on stage to sing “Sweetest Angel” with Jonatha.
Each of Jonatha’s songs seem to have a story behind them, like title track from “Ten Cent Wings” and a song that was featured in MTV’s “The Hills”.
This was the final show together for Glen and Jonatha until the spring.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host