It was a homecoming of sorts for Toy Soldiers last night at World Cafe Live - after a few months on the road and several more in the studio, this show let Ron Gallo and the band try out some new songs for friends and fans and it’s safe to say everyone involved had a pretty great time. While their earlier recordings were anchored in a rootsy blues vibe, the band seems to be extending their repertoire in a more electric americana direction with the new songs. But all the while, Gallo’s impeccable songwriting and captivating stage presence carries on that old-timey juke joint feel we know and love.
Toy Soldiers performing “Red Dress”
The night opened with the debaucherously sensitive americana stylings of Nashvillian Jordan Hull followed by local guy Thom McCarthy, who won the crowd over with some dancing and a little bit of ragtime beat boxing. Both singer/songwriters joined Toy Soldiers on stage later in the evening.
Jordan Hull on banjo with Toy Soldiers during “Red Dress”
There were a also few special guests sprinkled into Toy Soldiers’ set (including members of the Lawsuits and the Levee Drivers) and a reprise of the Levon Helm tribute show from last Tuesday in the form of a great rendition of “Ophelia” (watch below!).
If you couldn’t make it out for show, have no fear! The song and dance men have some dates scheduled throughout the summer, including a free show on June 20th at Chestnut Hill’s Pastorius Park.