House concerts are my favorite venue because the people who attend are there for the music, the setting is intimate, and the rewards are immediate. I was part of a house concert in East Boulder last Friday. We had about 30 people in the audience and five performers did their best work in front of this small but very appreciative crowd. I did a set of up-beat blues songs that had the audience dancing in their seats, laughing in the right places and nodding their heads at the pearls of wisdom. For me, as a performer, it doesn't get any better than that.

Everyone can relate to Lost Luggage Blues, which is a funny song about an all-too-common outcome of air travel. They can also relate to the guy in his work cubicle planning his escape in Better Get Packin' and the loneliness of work travel in Not a Soul to Hear Me Cry.

I especially enjoyed talking with the crowd after the show. At bigger events, I usually only get to talk with a few people, but at house concerts there is less distance between me and the audience and they are less shy about talking with me.

I also appreciate the people who are willing to host house concerts in their homes. It's a lot of work, and it's a tremendous benefit to the singer-songwriters of America.


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