Paul Pigat and Boxcar Campfire
March 30, 2017
Old Crow Coffee, 655 Front Street
Guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat originally created Boxcar Campfire as a way of "bringing it down a bit” in order to reflect on a more insular shade of his creativity. Those with sharp ears will hear snatches of everything from Debussy to Jimmy Rogers blues inflections thrown into the mix, but — as always — the sounds Pigat creates are all his own. With long gone days of railroad steam trailing out back of his head as he sings of possums in the pot and holes in his heart, this music gets you in the mood to hit the open road and jungle up down by the water, just before he takes it down again and you start dreaming of Lester Young and debonair jazz club suits. More acoustic than electric, but with no shortage of fancy fingerpicking, boxcar leans decidedly towards country and delta blues, creating an atmosphere that is alternately laid-back and intense.