It was somewhat appropriate then that he opened with the aforementioned "Letter To Madeline". Unaccompanied on acoustic guitar, the sparseness of the arrangement allowed the quality of both the songs and his voice to cut through in the former church.
"Junktown", "Irene (Ravin' Bomb)", "Dead on the River (Rolling Down)" and "If Today Doesn't Do Me In" followed and then that was it.
Ian Noe was followed by Heather Rankin and headliner Brandy Clark, and whilst both of them are very talented songwriters the main event for me had already happened. I enjoyed Brandy Clark much more when she went unaccompanied, not that her band weren't excellent, they were. Rather the full band sound was just too polished for my tastes, and the rawer quality of the solo performance made her songs stand out more for me. A very talented songwriter though, and judging by the audience reaction I was the only one there who hadn't come specifically to see her!
If you're not familiar with Ian Noe and his music, be sure to listen to "Between The Country" as soon as possible, you won't regret it.
"I'll leave these shadows behind, for a new piece of mind, if today doesn't do me in....."