Clutch and William
started with William Elliott Whitmore doing a solo banjo/guitar
set of blues/folk songs. Whitmore displayed a deep understanding
and respect for southern blues, and his 45 minute set was soulful
and honest. The crowd responded in kind, respectfully listening
and applauding this gentleman for baring his soul.
the stage without fanfare and launched into a blistering set that
heavily featured tracks from their latest album, Robot
Hive/Exodus, and their previous release, Blast Tyrant. With no
pretentious on-stage antics, Clutch barreled through song after
song, with a set list that focused on their more recent releases.
After more than an hour, singer Neil Fallon announced to the crowd
that they would be taking a short break before they played a
second full set.
set was played with perhaps more intensity, as the band broke out
some of their older material with the added strength of their
guitar tech on second guitar. Returning to a five-piece, a few
songs were extended into jams so that Tim Sult (guitar), Dan
Maines (bass), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) and Mick Schauer (keys)
each had a chance to shine in the solo spotlight. Ending on a
extended cover of "Gravel Road", and after more than two hours of
giving their all, Clutch left the audience wanting more.