CB's 313 Gallery, New York City
September 30, 2003
By: Sara Zeno
Away from the cacophony of New York City's vibrating streets, the
cool and black calmness of CB's 313 Gallery enveloped singer-songwriter
The acoustic show meshed his introspective and relaxed style with
the plentiful energy of the city.
Dressed simply in a short
sleeve shirt and jeans, bangs flopping dangerously close to his
eyes, he sat alone on a small stage with a honey-toned guitar. He
opened the set with Midnight Ghost, a song from his days
with Pittsburgh band The Gathering Field. Then he led into music
from his latest release (Good Day No Rain), performing I
Want to Know and Blue Sky Grey with clarity and passion.
next song is one of my favorite songs I've ever written," he
said, prefacing In My Head, also from Good Day No Rain,
"so of course it's depressing. It's about this guy. I don't
know what he did, but it must be pretty bad. He can't even speak
to the girl."
Deasy's career is anything
but depressing, especially recently. Surviving a deal then subsequent
split from a major label with the band, continuing on his own as
a songwriter, writing then performing a theme song for Good Morning
America, self-releasing a solid solo effort, and traveling for
frequent sessions in Nashville have all added up to a working artist
without the dreaded day job. To top it off, he co-wrote a single
McBride's newest album, coincidentally released the day of the
"I just got this
burst of euphoria," Deasy said at one point. With a genuine
sense of gratitude, he continued, "I'm just so happy I can
sing. I get to go and sing songs. And sometimes I get paid."
He then proudly introduced
a new tune, The Wishing Well, which boasted a throbbing rhythm
and Deasy's voice leaning toward a sexy growl. It pulsed across
the audience, its mood a little angry and lost, yet with redemption
on the horizon: Lead me from the darkness with your smile . .
. Would you be my savior? / Could you heal my anger and lay with
an offer to take requests elicited a strong and immediate response
from a woman at the bar who shouted, "Bordertown!"
Deasy obligingly played the old song with gusto.
While continuing his
tour of Good Day No Rain with two more songs from the recording,
Somewhere In Me and I'll Rescue You, Deasy engaged
the friendly group and coaxed their participation on Somewhere
His set ended with heartfelt
renderings of Everything's All Right and Lost In America,
both songs recognizable from Deasy's time with The Gathering Field.
The unpretentious show
offered a warmly interactive evening for even the busiest soul,
creating a harbor of comfort and inspiration before a return to
the gleam of the city.
by Lauren Jonik