We went to see Steve Earle at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday evening. It took him a little while to get warmed up but when he had done so he was excellent as always. And very good value for money too, playing nearly two and a half hours.
The last time I saw Steve at the Festival Hall was back in 1999 when he played with the Del McCoury Band. As it happens one of the highlights on Tuesday was his rendition of "The Mountain", the title track of the album they recorded together. It inspired me - if inspired is the word - to dig out a load of other songs about mountains for your delectation and delight.
We start with Steve and the lads:
"The Mountain" - Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
Then we have a bunch of people who don't seem to know whether they are coming or going:
"At The Foot Of The Mountain" - La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
"Halfway Up The Mountain" - Roger Whittaker
"Natty Dread On The Mountain Top" - Tappa Zukie
Some musings on mountain flora and fauna :
"Wild Mountain Thyme" - Lucy Wainwright Roche
"Wild Mountain Berries" - Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
"Hares On The Mountain" - Steeleye Span
We enter the home straight with a couple of metaphorical mountains:
"Mountain Of Love" - Johnny Rivers
"Barstool Mountain" - Moe Bandy
Before finishing with a timely warning that mountains may not be what they seem:
"That Mountain Is A Volcano" - Eureka Birds
It is not just the people who don't know whether they are coming or going, some times it is the mountains as well.