There's been a busker dry spell recently. A few new faces coming and going but no new regulars. What with the recession maybe the goodwill (i.e. dollar bills) has run thin. But if you are a busker what else is there to do? Go back to work? Nah! The good news is, my very low expectations were blown out of the water yesterday. A four piece string band was playing at Montgomery station (!) and it sounded good. There were two guitars, one being parlor size, a mandolin and a stand-up bass, no less, and the vocals were harmonizing nicely. Have you ever heard Old Crow Medicine Show? It was kind of like that: aggressive old-timey roots sound with compelling song construction and lyrics.
At this point, if you are wondering whether I risked the ire of my wife, currently waiting with two little kids at a dinner party in the East Bay, and walked up to them to see if they were keen on being recorded, well, stop wondering. The band in question are SF locals The Human Condition and the first song I recorded is an original composition Never Again. I hope they come on down again. They were good!
Here's their website if you want more info. They are playing on St. Patrick's day at the Hotel Utah Saloon. I'm going if I can.