Pullin’ ‘Tubes: More Spectacular Spectacle

We here at HT Headquarters were completely hooked on the first season of Elvis Costello’s talk show/variety hour Spectacle. From the great guests to Costello’s combination of music geekiness and witty charm, it was a must watch. When it was announced that the show would be back for a second season on the Sundance Channel, we couldn’t wait to see who’d be joining Costello on stage each week. Season two has already featured an impressive array of talent from Bono & The Edge to Neko Case, Sheryl Crow and Jesse Winchester participating in a special “guitar pull” episode.

The highlight of the new season thus far has been the “built-a-band” episode, where Costello assembled a band from scratch from a number of his favorite musicians. The ad hoc act consisted of Allen Toussaint on piano, Nick Lowe on bass, Richard Thompson on guitar, Levon Helm on drums, Ray LaMontagne on vocals and of course Mr. Costello. Let’s check out this one-time-only act’s debut performance of The Band’s classic The Weight…


Season two of Spectacle continues this week with an episode focusing on singer-songwriters – and one I had the privilege of attending – that features Ray LaMontagne and John Prine along with Lyle Lovett.

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