Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Scotsman.com: Fiona Shepherd: 06.07.10 Judging by the modest attendance at this show, Elvis Costello's current country-fuelled incarnation appears to have flown under the radar. To date, his cover of George Jones's Good Year For The Roses remains his best known foray into maudlin country, but his long association with Texan producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett has kept him in touch with the musical wellspring of the southern United States. Costello may be the star, but this disarming concert was a true ensemble effort thanks to his esteemed band of Nashville players, including Jerry Douglas on dobro and singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale on guitar and authentic bluegrass harmonies, whose relaxed, unshowy playing belied the excellence of their musicianship. Highlights among the material from current album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane were Down Among The Wines And Spirits, a hugely poetical spin on the classic tears-in-my-beer country lyric, and the bluegrass, skiffle and rockabilly melting pot of Don't Lie To Me. But there were plentiful treats from his back catalogue, such as New Amsterdam and (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes, given a light dusting of folksy instrumentation. Every Day I Write The Book was stripped back to a soulful mountain lament, while The Delivery Man was coloured with fuzzy slide guitar and tin whistle. Even the starkest songs from Costello's past benefited from the band's subtle embellishments, which added depth and eerie character to the tormented maelstrom of I Want You and the quiet devastation of Shipbuilding.