Gregg Lawless Duets etc. presented music from three different Lawless musical incarnations: (Gregg solo, the "Songs in the Key of Canada" band, and the "The Unforgettable Whachamacallits"), to which he added a half-dozen duets, and topped it all off with a medley of 1970s Canadian AM radio hits. A medley! Who does medleys?
Gregg Lawless, thats who. The same person who invited a Juno-Award-winning horn section to perform All Shook Up; who invited the reigning Maple-Blues-Award-winning male vocalist to do one number; who invited an uncle and a cousin to sing a pair of duets with him, and the same person who had an accordion play lead on Born to be Wild in a medley!
He even had the audacity to invite Kevin Zarnett to play, solo, Straw House from Greggs most recent CD, Something Beautiful, and joined the crowd in genuine admiration of Zarnetts gorgeous interpretation. Thanks, Kevin OK, Ill never play that song again. joked Lawless. This was one of a number of highlights contained in Duets, etc. that left the audience satiated.
Emotional highlights included the duet Gregg performed early in the evening with his childhood hero, Uncle Don Lawless (Greggs other hero was Elvis). This was book ended nicely by Greggs younger cousin Mike with a pair of duets in the second set. The sentimental and emotional meter entered the red-zone late in the evening with the presentation of abbreviated interpretations of wonderful old songs by The Band, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Steppenwolf, BTO, Gordon Lightfoot, and Blood Sweat and Tears.