When The Replacements were announced for the Shaky Knees festival, I immediately checked dates and started making plans. They are my favorite band after all, and I've been waiting over 20 years for news like this. Last year's Riot Fest shows in Toronto, Chicago and Denver just weren't feasible since I have limited vacation days at work. Since Atlanta is only a 3.5 hour drive, and they are on Saturday's schedule, I'd planned to drive over the day of, see the guys perform and then head home. Now, after seeing the 3 day lineup, I may have a change in plans.
On Friday, Cage the Elephant and the Blood Red Shoes are playing -- both are favorites. In addition to The Replacements on Saturday, I see that Hayes Carll is on the bill. He opened up for Robert Plant in Birmingham in 2012, and I fell for his brand of country music. If today's country music sounded more like 'Bad Liver and a Broken Heart', I might give it a chance. That's one killer tune.
Then, it appears that the Alabama Shakes will be the close the door on the festival Sunday night. I've seen the Shakes, last year in Nashville, and they put on a great show, but in the hopes of getting home at a reasonable time before work on Monday, I might skip them.
I never thought I'd get to see Paul Westerberg outside of Minneapolis, much less Tommy and Paul coming together as The Replacements ever again. I'm not going to miss this.