The Tallest Man on Earth Played Bowery Ballroom
Alone on stage with only a red chair, two spare guitars and a guitar case propped open hiding his amp, Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man on Earth played an incredibly dynamic show at Bowery Ballroom last night (4/15). The Dylan comparisons are obvious, but his voice has characteristics all it’s own that come across much better live than on record. He’s antsy too, and would constantly move around the stage, side-stepping and dancing with his guitar back forth and occasionally sitting down, only to pop up again moments later. During “This Wind” his amp cut out and guitar went quiet. He kept playing, while fiddling with his cable, then sat down, adjusted the mic down to the height of guitar and hunched over so his vocals could be captured as well, never missing a beat. The crowd appreciated his dedication and responded with roaring approval. His skillful picking brings the folk songs to a breakneck, bluegrass speed at times with the Swede creating his own version of Americana.
Red Cortez, formerly The Weather Underground, opened the show with an inspired set of Leftist folk.
More pictures after the jump.
The Tallest Man on Earth