My favorite song bird Rosie Thomas, played a short, but sweet show Weds night in Portland at the Doug Fir (one of the main concert venues around here). Rosie has a gift of a hauntingly beautiful voice that outshines about every female vocalist I've ever heard. At her best, she can make a platoon full of marines start sobbing (OK, that comparison might be a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea). Her songs are personal and touch on life, family, love, searching, and God.
It is of no surprise when you look at her, you see she is a bit quirky and entertaining when she is on stage. She started off by telling us about her new "Suri" haircut named after "Tomcat's" daughter. Then she goes off and tells us how she just got back from visiting family in Kansas and watched Kirk Cameron movie "Left Behind" while she was there. I totally agreed with her when she said that the movie was so painfully bad that it was funny. Lastly she talked about her upcoming marriage to her guitarist.
As far as a set list, she played a couple songs from each of her four albums and closed with her cover of REM's "The One I Love." She could have played all night and I would have been happy. I don't see how I could ever get tired of her voice.