Dallas Green, the man otherwise known as City And Colour (or one-fifth of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire), made his somewhat-annual springtime NYC solo tour stop at a sold-out Webster Hall last night, but he wasn’t alone. This time he brought a full backup band with him, which helped him give his usually acoustic songs the plugged-in treatment.
Green opened the set with “Sleeping Sickness” with just his voice and his guitar. Drums, an electric guitar and an electric hollow-bodied bass joined in on “The Death Of Me” and “Waiting,” adding dimension without overpowering the songs’ foundation. Green’s voice and acoustic guitar still remained at the heart of each song.
Trading off his acoustic for a hollow-body electric, Green and his band played “Sam Malone,” and the electricity in the instruments brought out the song’s already bluesy undertone. That same sound carried over into a new song from the forthcoming album Little Hell (due out in June), matching the soulfulness of Green’s voice.
The set continued that way, with Green playing updated, blues-soul versions of songs from 2005’s Sometimes and 2008’s Bring Me Your Love, introducing newer material, stripping back down to bare-bones acoustic then building back up again. It was a gradual transition from acoustic older songs to newer ones, and the material blended together because he designed it that way. If Little Hell is an electric departure into a more blues-driven sound, Green made sure to give it a proper preface last night.