(guest blogged by Howie Klein)
When I interviewed him, he was excited about a Roger Waters live concert he was going to. Turns out he goes to a lot of live shows. In fact, this former U.S. Army captain– memorialized both in the movie Gunner Palace and the book What Was Asked Of Us– An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It— has just turned 29 this month and he’s probably the most enthusiastic music fan I’ve talked to among anyone running for Congress… ever.
I asked him to suggest a song for the Late Night Music Club at Crooks & Liars. I saw it was hard for him to narrow it down, but he chose a great one. “Whether it’s sung by Dylan or Hendrix or the Dave Matthews Band or anyone else,” he told me, “All Along the Watchower is a song that can carry you away. I was at the Gorge in Washington State about a month after coming home from Iraq and DMB played one of the most wonderful versions of this. Stefan, the bassist, led in with a bass line that just rocked your soul… and to be honest, I did not even know what was coming. Once they broke into Watchtower I was just blown away. Anytime Dave and Trey are on stage together… I feel that those two are musical geniuses of our generation. Throw in Tim Reynolds and it can just get scary. Whether they are covering tunes, or mixing Everyday and Bathtub Gin… a great blend… they are magical.” Here’s a video of the actual show Jon was at: