The Mojo Tour 2010 rolled on to Omaha, NE on Wednesday after a triumphant show in St. Paul, Minnesota the night before.
Athens, Georgia-based rockers Drive-By Truckers joined up with the tour in St. Paul as the new opening act replacing Joe Cocker, and their hard-driving, road-worn rock 'n roll has been a good change of pace that has seemingly worn off the Heartbreakers. Tom seemed to snarl even more defiantly during "I Won't Back Down," and Mike Campbell's edgy guitar riffs over the galloping rhythm of "Drivin' Down to Georgia" played the perfect foil to Benmont Tench's delicate piano runs.
"First Flash of Freedom" is emerging as a nightly highlight. The song's expansiveness and airiness is reminiscent of the best of the classic Coltrane Quintet. New radio hit "I Should Have Known It" is the latest in Tom's long line of songs directed at lovers scorned, and "Jefferson Jericho Blues" makes you wonder why no one else has mined the fruitful story of ol' Tom Jefferson and his midnight creepin' with Sally Hemings.
Check back next week for more pictures, videos and recaps from Summerfest in Milwaukee as the Mojo Summer 2010 tour wraps up the first leg!