Ram's Head Tavern, Annapolis, MD on April 30, 2004

Annapolis is the Capitol-Town of Maryland and we enjoy the day at the beatiful harbour and the historical district. A lot of English-Irish-style restaurants and taverns. The Ram's Head Tavern is also in this style. Unfortunately there was a road work in front of the tavern and I couldn't take a picture of it. My girlfriend Carmen and I are from Switzerland and spent nearly three weeks in the south (also Tennessee with a visit to Johnny Cash's grave). As I saw on a map that Annapolis is not so far away from Virginia, I booked to tickets on internet before we left Switzerland. We had the chance to stop Marty after the soundcheck before he climbed into the bus to give him some chocolate as agift from our country.

The show wasn't sold out and approximately 10 minutes before starting, Jim Hill animated the crowd and gave some promotional singles of Marty to the fans. After a countdown, Marty and the Fabulous Superlatives join the stage and open the show with "Hey Baby." After this, they played "The Whiskey Ain't Working," "Tempted," and from the new album, "Farmer's Blues." "A Satisfied Mind," and "Too Much Month At The End Of The Money" extended to a medley with "Amen." He remembered also Johnny Cash with a version of "Luther Played The Boogie" which was changed in the second part to "Kenny Played The Boogie". Marty played also a tribute song to the man in black only with his signature acoustic Martin guitar about a crow. Bassist Brian Glenn sings "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" in the Carl Perkins' style and Cousin Kenny "Country Music's Got A Hold On Me". There was a lot of fun on stage and like when I saw Marty the last time back in Switzerland in 2001, the stage was very near to the crowd and the concert familiar. Unfortunately the show ran only nearly 70 minutes and the close-out-tune was "Hillbilly Rock." After this they returned to sing "Draggin' The Line" as the encore. Marty and the Band were after the show on the main floor to sign, talk and shake hands. Hope for me it's possible to see them in July when they come to Europe and stop on the 23rd in Switzerland.

Review and photos by Stefan Blaser, Hauptwil, Switzerland

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