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Set List: Michael Nesmith's Resurrected First National Band

by VVN Music

Michael Nesmith brought back and important part of country rock history Sunday (January 21) night at Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown, CA, with a show of music recorded with his First National Band.

Sixteen of the 22 songs in the show were from Nesmith's three albums with the First National Band, Magnetic South (1970), Loose Salute (1970) and Nevada Fighter (1971). Opening the show with the title track from Nevada Fighter, Nesmith quickly moved into a track-for-track performance of Side A of Magnetic South including his biggest solo hit, "Joanne".

Peppered throughout the night were a few songs from later projects including three from his fifth solo set, ...and the Hits Just Keep on Comin' (1972) and one from the followup, Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash (1973) along with his late-70's hit and pioneering video "Rio" and the Monkees era album track "Papa Gene's Blues".

Main Set
  • Nevada Fighter (from Nevada Fighter, 1971)
  • Calico Girlfriend (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Nine Times Blue (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Little Red Rider (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • The Crippled Lion (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Joanne (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Dedicated Friend (from Loose Salute, 1970)
  • Two Different Roads (from ...and the Hits Just Keep on Comin', 1972)
  • Grand Ennui (from Nevada Fighter, 1971)
  • Lady of the Valley (from Loose Salute, 1970)
  • Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care) (from Nevada Fighter, 1971)
  • Different Drum (from ...and the Hits Just Keep on Comin', 1972)
  • Papa Gene's Blues (from The Monkees' The Monkees, 1966)
  • Tomorrow & Me (from ...and the Hits Just Keep on Comin', 1972)
  • Tengo Amore (from Loose Salute, 1970)
  • Keys to the Car (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Mama Nantucket (from Magnetic South, 1970)
  • Bye, Bye, Bye (from Loose Salute, 1970)
  • Some of Shelly's Blues (from Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash, 1973)
  • Silver Moon (from Loose Salute, 1970)
  • Rio (from From a Radio Engine to The Photon Wing, 1977)
  • Thanx for the Ride (from Loose Salute, 1970)

The First National Band Redux is:
  • Christian Nesmith - Guitar
  • Jonathan Nesmith - Guitar, Piano
  • Jason Chesney - Bass
  • Jim Cox - Piano
  • Pete Finney - Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Christopher Allis - Drums
  • Circe Link - Background Vocals
  • Amy Spear - Background Vocals