A journey through song, 2009, Day 1 & 2

It was very windy, as I sat at a picnic table in the shade, overlooking the Pool Deck, while Brandi Carlile was singing “The Story” … it’s the 2nd day of the journey through song ... we’re somewhere in the Eastern Caribbean.  Carlile and the Indigo Girls teamed up this afternoon. 

Our travels from Pittsburgh to our stateroom aboard the NCL Dawn were practically seamless.  I discovered I can function, with some short naps, for 24-hours.  Our day began at 3:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh and ended the next morning about 4:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (yeah, we lost an hour when we went into another time zone).   

Day 1 included performances from Beth Wood, Roddie Romero & The Hub City Allstars, Emerson Hart, Ken Block, Drew Copeland & Ryan Newell (3/5’s of Sister Hazel), Kathleen Edwards (who was introduced by fellow Canadian, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies), Indigo Girls, Marc Broussard and Shawn Mullins.

Roddie Romero & The Hub City Allstars would sound perfect on the Roots & Rhythm mix (Sundays, 11a-2p on WYEP), with their Cajun Louisiana sound.  Our discovery on Day 1 was the guys from Sister Hazel.  Wow we had no idea how good they were & their CD was the 1st we purchased.  

The Indigo Girls were our 1st headliner show.  Brandi Carlile joined them on quite a few songs, as well as a few other guest musicians.  They just rocked the Stardust Theater.  A great way to begin the journey. 

Despite a sinus infection, Shawn Mullins delivered an amazing performance that began about 12:50 a.m.   Joining Mullins was the multi-instrumentalist and a great singer-songwriter in his own right, Clay Cook. With Patrick Blanchard on guitar.  Mullins started off acoustic, and then invited the musicians up on stage for the remainder of the set.  Mullins is returning to Cayamo and a veteran of four Sixthman cruises. He seemed genuinely happy to be on-board and appreciated those in the Spinnaker Lounge (AKA, The Listener’s Room) being there this late (early?) to attend his show.  Mullins ended his 90 minute set, with his now trademark “House of the Rising Sun” and “Lullaby”. 

My oh wow moment on Day 2 was seeing Glen Phillips.  Mr. Barb and I were having a late breakfast, and Phillips came over to our table to ask us the time.  I didn’t realize who it was at first, until I heard another musician call him Glen.  Neat!  (I might add, he’s nice looking in person). 

On Day 2 we also sampled Webb Wilder, Over the Rhine, Girlyman, Ken Block (whose set started off solo, then he was joined by his Sister Hazel band mates), Girlyman, The Greencards, Kathleen Edwards (we were thrilled to hear her do “I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory”).  Beth Woods introduced a fellow Texan, our headliner for the evening, Mr. Lyle Lovett.  What a performer.  He is the consummate professional.  With a stellar band, impeccably dressed, just first rate.  The artist’s should all come to one of his shows to see how it’s done.  He performed over 90-minutes.  Lovett continues to deliver the goods.  We also checked in on Joe Ely, who performed some new Flatlander’s music. 

It was 78 on our Day at Sea and it’s supposed to be 82 for our Day in Samana, Day 3.  Internet access was spotty on Day 2 of the cruise, so I'm only getting around to posting on Day 3.

 Barb S.  – Sunday Mix Host


I hope you will comment specifically about the performances on board by the Greencards, Mindy Smith and Antje Duvekot. I think poor Antje was only scheduled for a single performance.