There weren't any ticker tape parades, and maybe there wasn't any dancing in the streets either, but Saturday was definitely Pete Yorn Day in the Triangle.
Yorn played a special in-store at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh. About 130 people crammed into the store's aisles to hear a half-dozen songs: "The Golden Road," "June,""A Girl Like You," "I Feel Good Again" (by Junior Kimbrough), "Don't Mean Nothing" and "Simonize." "The Golden Road" and "Don't Mean Nothing" are both on Yorn's new EP Westerns, available only at shows.
Later in the evening, Yorn played to a sold-out crowd at Cat's Cradle. While his "You & Us" tour is being billed as acoustic, the feel of the performance was anything but. There was a definite absence of electric guitars, but the bass and drums surely made up for that.
Yorn played a fair number of songs from his forthcoming album, Nightcrawler, due out August 29, but not enough to weigh the set down too much. What resulted was essentially a greatest hits performance, which certainly pleased the 600 people in attendance as they sang along to their favorites.
If you missed out on this weekend's show, keep an ear out as fall approaches. Yorn said he'll be back with a band in tow once his album is released.
No touring for three years, then two shows in six months? I'll take that.