TOBIN SPROUT and THE NATVRAL at THE SAINT

Words & Photos by Doug Dresher

August 25, 2021

Few things are more exciting in music than when the opening band/performer is really good. And The Natvral (Kip Berman) mixed his original sound with a little Dylan and a little troubadour storyteller. His songs were engaging and memorable. This is a performer worth keeping on your playlist.

Tobin Sprout (one of the original members of Guided by Voices) performed a set of more than 37 songs, each short and right to the point. His lyrical description of the American landscape was supported by a solid band that could open up their sound just as quickly as they could play in a whisper.


These two acts were exactly the kind of performances you expect from The Saint. If you missed them, you missed a great evening of music.

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