Hoyt Axton - Country Legends Live Mini Concert
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Born in Oklahoma, Hoyt Axton came to stardom in the folk music scene in San Francisco, penning "Greenback Dollar" for the Kingston Trio in 1963. He followed that success with a string of songs made into hits by Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, John Denver and Elvis Presley. In addition to his own recordings, Hoyt performed in movies and television, after his debut on "Bonanza" in 1965. THis special DVD, recorded live at Orlando's Church Street Station, includes two of his most beloved hits, "Joy to the World" and "Boney Fingers."
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This video feels like live concert that was filmed for a TV show (probably exactly what it is). Filmed at Orlando's Church Street Station, a voice-over narrator brings us in and introduces some songs. You can tell where the commercials would be. I couldn't find any information on an exact date, but judging from the songs (Wild Bull Rider came out in 1979), I'd guess this performance is from the early 80's (in the twilight of his career).
There are four songs on this DVD, they are as follows:
"Boney Fingers" is kind of a corny song, but a fun warm-up nonetheless.
"Evangelina" felt a little rushed and lifeless to me. Which is a shame because it's my favorite song of his, and easily one of his best. You almost get the feeling that since he had played it so many times up to this point, he might have been a little sick of it and anxious to get on to the next song.
"Wild Bull Rider" brings things back on track, with Hoyt introducing the song and revealing that he "wrote it with his good friend Jack Daniels"
"Joy to the World" is really the true gem here, as you're probably more familiar with the Three Dog Night version of this song that Hoyt wrote. Performed with a great energy and smiles all around. Hoyt even starts jumping around on stage, threatening to bring the house down in entirely the wrong way as he was easily pushing 300 lbs at the time.
The DVD extra is a 9 min, black and white mini documentary called 'Origins of Country' that is marginally interesting and basically just filler.
Since this only cost me 8 bucks and it's currently your only option to see video of a Hoyt Axton performance (outside of Youtube), you can't really go wrong here. Like I said in the title, it is what it is.