David Myles returned to his hometown of Fredericton, N.B. on Thursday night for his Turn Time Off CD release show. It was Myles’ first performance in the city since he appeared here for the 2008 East Coast Music Awards, and it was clear from the start that he was missed.
Myles opted out of inviting an opening band and decided to play two sets. He relied heavily on material from Turn Time Off, threw in some selections from 2008’s On The Line while songs from his 2006 debut Things Have Changed received the warmest reception.
While Myles’ blue grass/folk fusion is full enough on its own to entertain a packed room, he owes much credit the full band he brought with him (the same musicians who accompanied him to record the album), particularly pianist Joanna Borromeo and drummer Joshua Van Tassel, who play with enough energy to warrant tryouts in your favorite hardcore band.
Myles has grown incredibly as a songwriter over the last few years. He plays the new songs with confidence, and even his quieter numbers work well into his concerts.
A three-album catalogue might not seem like enough material to warrant a two-set show, but Myles filled time by adding a whole lot of banter, with much talk of his hometown (asking why nobody had alerted him about the construction of a new middle school) and friends and neighbors in attendance.
A hometown show for an artist who doesn’t play at home very often is always a special event. In this case it was even sweeter because Myles is one hell of a songwriter, and it was a treat just to hear those songs live.