Umphrey’s McGee rolled into Dallas last Friday for their annual April Texas Run. They’re touring this spring in support of their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, due out June 10. The album features several new tunes as well as some road-tested selections. The new CD is a self-released and self-financed effort under the band’s newly created record label, Nothing Too Fancy Music.
The first set opened with the intro, Bathing Digits, which flowed into 2nd Self. Next was Bridgeless, a track that has been played by the band since January 2004, and will appear for the first time in a studio version on the new album. This segued into a 13 minute Booth Love. White Man’s Moccasins and then No Diablo followed. Red Tape into Glory and then a reprise of Bridgeless closed out a short but concise first set.
The second set started off with powerful Plunger which dropped right into The Linear, another tune from the new album. Then, without a huddle, into Syncopated Strangers, which had a Norwegian Wood tease in the middle. Next was Smell the Mitten and then a bust-out of Roundabout, which hadn’t made a setlist appearance in 51 shows. Sociable Jimmy into Plunger completed the second set sandwich. The set closed out with a lively Phil’s Farm and then Believe the Lie. As thanks for their recent appearance at the Wannee Music Festival, Keyboard player Joel Cummins dedicated the encore, a cover of Jessica, to the Allman Brothers. The Allmans are the host of that Southern Florida music festival, and some of the band members sat in with Umphrey’s during their set there.
Saturday, Umphrey’s will be playing the Annual 420 show at Stubbs’ in Austin, which will close out this leg of the Spring Tour. They’ll also be appearing a several music festivals, especially the Memorial Day Weekend festival Summer Camp, which they co-host with the band moe.
Bathing Digits > 2nd Self, Bridgeless > Booth Love, White Man’s Moccasins, No Diablo, Red Tape > Glory > Bridgeless
Plunger > The Linear > Syncopated Strangers, Smell the Mitten, Roundabout, Sociable Jimmy > Plunger, Phil’s Farm, Believe the Lie