With a name like Bear’s Den and hailing from the temperate climate of the British Isles one would expect a band to avoid touring the north of the country in the winter but somehow, they crossed the frozen desert of South Dakota to play the Fine Line yesterday. The duo of Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones released their second album “Red Earth & Pouring Rain” last July and their lasted single “Berlin” in December.
Andrew Davie came on stage to introduce opener Gill Landry (a nice touch that I think more bands should do). The Louisiana singer/songwriter took the stage by himself armed with a guitar and harmonica. Several of his songs were inspired by hitchhikers he had picked up. His songs were interesting, required listeners to pay attention, and got a bit lost among the chatty audience in the back of the Fine Line (their loss). I for one enjoyed them and added a few to my playlist.
On this tour, Bear’s Den challenged fans to come up with one song for the band to cover that would showcase the city they are playing in. Yesterday the purple one was chosen and Bear’s Den cover or “Nothing Compares 2 U” was nicely done. “Gabriel” was again performed acoustic but this time the band moved into the crowd. This was my first time seeing Bear’s Den live and I quite liked their set.
Set List: Red Earth & Pouring Rain / Emeralds / Elysium / Greenwoods Bethlehem / Stubborn Beast / Isaac / Don’t Let the Sun Steal You Away (acoustic) / The Love We Stole / Roses On a Breeze / Love can’t stand alone / DOTV / When You Break / Auld Wives / Above the Clouds of Pompeii Encore: Nap / Gabriel (acoustic in the crowd) / Nothing Compares 2 U (cover) / Agape