The show could not have been any more relaxed.
Truth be told, bluegrass greats Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton were probably more than a little tired and burnt-out, as Sunday evening’s show at The Egg came on the heels of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s week-long World of Bluegrass celebration in Nashville.
(Mandolinist Sten Isachsen – who was also at the bash in Nashville with Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys – explained that IBMA isn’t an acronym for International Bluegrass Music Association; it stands for “I’ve Been Mostly Awake” in honor of the non-stop, week-long pickin’ ‘n’ partyin’ that takes place.)
In fact, at The Egg, mandolinist O’Brien twice flubbed the lyrics to the traditional “Cluck Old Hen,” a song he’s probably played hundreds of times. O’Brien simply shrugged, looked out at the audience, and deadpanned, “Let me know if the show is too slick for you.”