Jeffrey Foucault at The Bartlett in Spokane, May 21, 2016
Jeffrey Foucault played a fifteen song set for a very appreciative audience. Jeffrey and his long-time touring partner Billy Conway on drums played songs from Foucault’s current album “Salt as Wolves” as well as from his back catalog of recordings. The venue is very intimate and felt like we were all sitting comfortably in Foucault’s mountain cabin living room with a fire in the fireplace, beverages all around, and a feeling of community sharing some superb singing and songwriting. He has a very inviting and gracious vibe that connected with his audience. We felt right at home. Foucault plays sitting down which he did for most of the show. He plays a 1950’s Sears Silvertone electric guitar (not kidding) with a 5-watt Skylark amp. Foucault also played a vintaged Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. He played slide on a couple of songs…one was Slim Harpo’s I’m A King Bee…Foucault tore it up with his slide work. Conway had a sparse drum kit consisting of a home-made suitcase kick drum, a low-boy hi-hat cymbal, a snare and tom drums. They tour with minimal equipment so they play with what they can carry into the club in one trip. But don’t let this minimalist set-up fool you…they put on a wonderful show with plenty of diversity in styles from a sweet whisper to a thunderous blues tune. Foucault’s influences include, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. The setlist opened with There’s A Destruction On This Land followed by Des Moines, Rico, I Love You (And You Are A Fool), Slow Talker, Blues For Jessie, Northbound 35, Ghost Repeater, Pretty Hands, Oh Mama, I’m A King Bee, Heart To The Husk, Any Town Will Do, Left This Town which he said was going to be his last song followed by another…he said he doesn’t do encores which you could conclude why he announced Left This Town was his last song to be followed by Hurricane Lamp… a crowd pleaser. Foucault was accompanied by opening act Laurie Sargent who performed a 35 minute set. She is the significant other to drummer Billy Conway. At one point Conway exited the stage and Foucault and Sargent stepped away from the microphones and delivered several beautiful songs that emphasized the true intimacy of the evening’s performance. Jeffrey Foucault is a great singer-songwriter and took us up the mountainside to drink from his cup of soulful songs. Check out his music if you are not familiar with Jeffrey.