Posted by: Nick | January 26, 2009

REVIEW: Lambchop w/ Sapat @ The 930 – 1/22

Nashville’s Lambchop came to Louisville on Thursday night and absolutely blew away The 930. Frontman, Kurt Wagner, stayed seated the whole show, but moved the crowd with his deep, rhaspy filled with pauses and drops.  He draws constant comparison to Kris Kristofferson, but I would throw Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits (two of my very favorites) on the list.  This is a man you want to have a beer with, or at least know someone who had a beer with him.  Minus a few corny jokes from his bandmates, the performance was truly moving.  I knew the show was great when they walked off the stage, but this was one of those shows that I have thought about every day since.  Whether it was sitting and listening to a record or driving to work, I would pause and think, “Damn that show was amazing.”

Sapat opened and showed why we love them so much here and gain a new fan in Kurt Wagner, who carried on about how much he loved their set.  The stage wasn’t even big enough to handle the whole group as some members had to sit off stage with their instrument.  At points their set seemed like a throwback to Slint, which I can’t complain about.  While much different than the Terrastock set, it still knocked the wind out of my lungs.

Thanks to The 930 and Production Simple for setting this whole thing up!

Lambchop – Close Up


More Pics and Set List Below the break…


  1. Ohio
  2. Slipped, Dissolved, Loosed
  3. Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. You’re a Big Girl Now (Dylan Cover)
  5. National Talk like a Pirate Day
  6. Close Up
  7. All Smiles and Mariachi
  8. What Else Could it Be?
  9. A Hold of You
  10. Please Rise
  11. Of Raymond
  12. Popeye
  13. Give It (a collab between Wagner and electronic trio X-Press 2)
  14. Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads cover) (Thanks to Kevin for helping us out on this one)
  15. Up with People




  1. Could the ??? song on the setlist be the Talking Heads Cover “Once in a Lifetime” he played?

    It was an amazing show for sure. OH Ohio is one of the most beautiful records I’ve heard in years.

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