Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes | Ravinia Festival | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Aug. 26, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $22-$55
Elvis Costello may have been born in London, but he’s long worn his love for American music on his sleeve—right down to his adopted name. He recorded his first country album, the covers collection Almost Blue, 28 years ago in Nashville, and recently returned to make the new Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Hear Music). The record’s all-star acoustic ensemble, which includes Dobro player Jerry Douglas and close-harmony singer Jim Lauderdale, recorded live in a semicircle around Costello, sounding more like a street-corner string band than a room full of session hotshots. The songs are loosely organized around the true story of the relationships between P.T. Barnum, Hans Christian Andersen, and opera singer Jenny Lind—Andersen suffered from unrequited love for Lind, and Barnum booked her famous American tour in 1850. The band from the album will play that material tonight, but given that other shows on this tour have lasted as long as three hours, it’s safe to expect plenty of rearranged hits and selections from Costello’s back pages. —Bill Meyer

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