Let’s be honest. August has been hot. The breeze seems limited to the beach, the humid air turns us all into zombies, and I’m pretty sure the sun is out to kill us all.
So it isn’t much surprise that most of us opted for cold drinks at 30A Songwriter Music & Coffee while we claimed our spots and watched Bruce Salmon load in his gear.
Co‑owner Josette Rhodes dimmed most of the lights and began the simultaneous live broadcast of the performance that is part of their Friday Night Originals series. It was time to get the show on the road.
For over two hours without a break, it was easy to get to know a relaxed Salmon through his songs and the stories in between. He seemed to revel in the attentive audience. “It’s nice to be playing where people listen,” he said.
He began by praising the venue as “an oasis” where “creative people can do what they do.”
The Texas‑based singer‑songwriter’s compositions utilize complex rhythms and time signatures while painting vivid scenes with words. His songs celebrate moments of joy and moments of extreme upset—an honest (and sometimes satirical) take on life’s intriguing occasions.
Salmon recently took a break to focus on songwriting, and he feels it paid off. I’d be apt to agree, based on the merit of his upcoming shows across Norway and the Netherlands.
Whether he is sharing colorful characters with Cajun flair or singing a lullaby to process the ugliness of the world, Salmon is all about substance and damn fine tunes.