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Al Green @Bonnaroo: Lay it down for Reverend Green

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Posted by teibs On June - 13 - 2009

algreen@ZackTeibloom Some voices age like a fine wine, some age like the remnants of a jagerbomb. Thankfully, Al Green is firmly in the fine wine catgeory. The Reverend was a charmer, sashaying across the stage in a red breasted suit, throwing dozens of roses to the crowd as he led them through classics. And that voice. Oh, lordy. It’s never sounded so pure.

“People want to know if I can still ‘lay it down,’” he crooned before letting out a souldful shriek that let us know, without a doubt, that he hasn’t lost a step.

Backed by an impressive band with a horn section, Green  took us on an oldies review, dipping into Motown, pulling out “My Girl,” “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” and more. “Let’s Stay Together” was the sultry classic you’d expect it to be and the new tracks off Lay it Down sounded like instant classics.

Green may be a reverend now, and if anything, he’s used that ability to capture an audiences attention and make their souls feel alive. Put him on the must-see-before-they-stop-touring list. Put him high on that list.

9.4/10

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