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No serenade tonight

Secondhand Serenade
Nashville, TN
April 7, 2009
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Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

Secondhand Serenade played a less than stellar show in Nashville Tuesday evening. Maybe it was the small crowd that barely filled the front half of the warehouse sized Rocketown venue; the band would have been much better suited in one of Nashville's more intimate clubs. It also could have been that John Vesely, the singer behind the solo rock project, seemed unaware that his crowd consisted mostly of teenagers (with their parents hiding in the back). He asked the crowd who was going to show him a goodtime in Nashville after the show and declared that his bass player was "disease free." These comments may have elicited screams from the young girls in the audience, but it left the rest of us feeling more than uncomfortable.

While Vesely did have a full band with him, he seemed most at ease when just left alone with his acoustic guitar. He started off the solo section of his set by telling the story of how his song, "Pretend" came about. It consisted of a drunken night during a state of depression, of which he told the crowd "come on, you've all been there." After finally realizing most of his crowd was barely legal to drive, let alone drink, he came back with "...or maybe not."

The show did have a few highlights. The crowd eagerly sang along to the radio friendly hit "Fall for You" and the title track from the latest album, "A Twist in My Story." After just about an hour of songs, the set ended with the appropriate "Goodbye" (a moment that could not come soon enough).
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