Allen Kitselman on Songwriting

This weekend, Allen Kitselman transformed a cold rainy evening in Leesburg into a magical time with his outstanding musicianship, his astute storytelling, his humor, and his empathy. There was not a dry eye in the place at times, and that had nothing to do with the weather. Allen’s deeply-personal songs touch your soul and warm your heart. None of us could believe that Saturday night was Allen’s first solo gig. Wow.

The venue Shoe’s Cup and Cork is a listening room, even when packed to the gills with patrons. If you have not been yet, make sure to check it out soon.

Quirky shoe chandelier at Shoe's Cup and Cork

Quirky shoe chandelier at Shoe’s Cup and Cork

Allen Kitselman of the Bitter Liberals: Sound check for first solo gig

Allen Kitselman of the Bitter Liberals: Sound check for first solo gig

The sets were made up entirely of Allen’s music, and featured Genghis Angus songs and Bitter Liberal songs alike. Allen’s expert solo guitar work brought all of the songs a gorgeous, stripped-down intimacy. It was all the rest of the Bitter Liberals could do not to sing along with these songs that we know and love so well.

SET ONE

Pick One
Extra Mile of Track
Dust of Progress
Laura Lou
13
Aceldema
Always Been
Again
Worry Me No More

SET TWO
TMA Cool
When We Let Go
Save Your Life
Rusting Bridges
Lonely Flowers
Rooster
Paint Your Joy on the Wall
Drink

Encore: Red Molly

It was a fantastic night.

Allen Kitselman of the Bitter Liberals plays solo at a master songwriter's concert

Allen Kitselman of the Bitter Liberals plays solo at a master songwriter’s concert

The better half of the Bitter Liberals in consultation

The better half of the Bitter Liberals in consultation

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