“You’ve heard of artists and athletes who are so cool and powerful they’re described as “lights out.” And you’ve heard of “unplugged” concerts. Well, the all-time coolest Elliott Smith show in Nashville, which took place the night of May 9, 2000, was LITERALLY “lights out” and LITERALLY “unplugged.”
Here’s what happened: Elliott was touring with an L.A.-based stoner band called Whiskey Biscuit. At 8 or 9 p.m. that night, Wiskey Biscuit opened the show, performing their entire set perfectly normally, although their lead singer looked like he was going to nod off at any moment. Continue reading
“A key aspect of Elliott Smith’s art is his stunning willingness to take off ‘the male mask.’ Time after time, listening to Smith’s songs, one is struck by his extraordinary bravery in openly exploring male grief, loneliness, vulnerability, frustration, and anger. In doing so, he is the antithesis of everything we associate with the slick, macho rock star.
Elliott Smith once said his art was an attempt to convey ‘what it’s like to be a person.’ It was his special gift for voicing otherwise unvoiced feelings—particularly those resting in lonely, often alienated men—that helped give his music such distinct, surpassing power.”