Jill Sobule

Club Cafe was packed Saturday night to welcome back Jill Sobule for her first of two visits to Pittsburgh this year.  As the early show, Sobule entertained for over 90 minutes beginning with "Where is Bobbie Gentry?" from her latest CD "California Years".  She wore a sleeveless pink/red dress with a large peace symbol on the bottom, and boots. Sobule showed she can play electric guitar, and even briefly sounded like Jimi Hedrix.  Also on the stage was a stand to hold her music and lyrics.  Sobule is not afraid to do covers, she did her take on The Association's "Never My Love", inviting the audience to sing-along, as she did on quite a few of her tunes.  Themes in her songs seem to be often about people ("Margaret", "Karen by Night") or places ("Cinnamon Park", "Somewhere in New Mexico").   Older songs like "Heroes" mixed with newer material that has yet to be recorded, like the song inspired by her visit to a Bearbucks in Castro, CA.  Typical of a singer-songwriter, Sobule had many stories to share.  Additional songs from "California Years" included "Palm Springs", "Mexican Pharmacy" and during the two-song encore "San Francisco".  Sobule promised to do songs that she didn't get to this time during her set in November (check out the WYEP Concert Calendar for more info.)