Will Bradley Trio - DOWN THE ROAD APIECE

First performance: 10/07/1971


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 21 times:
 
Down the road apiece is known to have been performed at least 4 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972). Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates: 
 
Bruce Springsteen Band
 
1971-07-23 - GUGGENHEIM BANDSHELL, DAMROSCH PARK, LINCOLN CENTER, NY
The Bruce Springsteen Band
 
1972-02-04 - THE BACK DOOR, RICHMOND, VA
The Bruce Springsteen Band
 
1972-09-02 - HUDDY PARK, HIGHLANDS, NJ 
A twelve hour 'end of summer' outdoor show, billed as the first annual Highlands Art / Music Fair. Headlining acts include the Tinker West managed local band Odin, as well as New Jersey-based folk rock band Montana Flintlock, who were also signed by Mike Appel, trading as Laurel Canyon Ltd. Columbia were briefly interested in signing the band to their label, before changing their minds. Springsteen (who at this point had completed his first album but had still not put together a touring band) makes an unscheduled guest appearance near the end of the show after an invitation from Odin's Tom Cohen, singing and performing several songs with the band. First song appears to be a Springsteen composition, perhaps titled "This Is My Confession". Cohen and Springsteen exchange guitar solos on this track. Next up is "Down The Road Apiece". After a few moments the power goes out, and they restart the song once power returns. A Springsteen original, called "Water Station", is next up, with the music and lyrics made up on the spot. Four minutes in the power goes out again, followed by an amusing interchange between Tinker and the band. Power is restored, and the band perform Big Joe Williams' "Baby, Please Don't Go". Apparently Springsteen only knows lyrics for the first verse, so fills in with lyrics from "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City". Other bands on the bill are Crazy Lester And The Blue Water Rangers, Taylors Mills Road, Lee Reiser (erroneously spelt Reisner in a newspaper article), and Charlotte. 
 
With Wolfgang Niedecken And His Leopardefellband. One of the numerous "Hungry Heart" takes recorded during this performance was officially released on the Hungry Heart CD EP as "Hungry Heart [Berlin '95]" later the same year, although this just featured Bruce's live vocals from the Eckstein show laid over the original 1980 E Street Band instrumental tracks! First ever Springsteen performance of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and first performances in Europe of "Down The Road Apiece", "Highway 61 Revisited", and "Honky Tonk Women", and first ever Springsteen performance in Germany of "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
 
Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY
Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA
Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH 
Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky
 
1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO
Joe Grushecky
 
1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky
 
1998-11-06 - CLUB 251, WEST PALM BEACH
Clarence Clemons
 
2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Light of Day
 
2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Joe Grushecky
 
2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky
 
2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH 
Joe Grushecky
 
Joe Grushecky
 
2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Joe Grushecky
 
2018-06-18 - ASBURY LANES, ASBURY PARK
Bruce Springsteen joins the Danny Clinch-led Tangiers Blues Band, sharing the bill with the Grammy-winning rock band Portugal. the Man, in his hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey for the reopening of concert venue Asbury Lanes. He joins the band midway through their performance for a four-song miniset of blues standards. The event celebrates the multimillion-dollar renovation of Asbury's beloved shuttered bowling alley, newly outfitted as a music venue. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Ticket are distributed by lottery and are available primarily to Asbury Park residents as part of the venue's commitment to honor the local community.
 
 
  
 
Bruce Springsteen, along with Ben Jaffe, guests with Danny Clinch's Tangiers Blues Band at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund gala benefit called "A Night to Remember".
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Down the Road a Piece" is a boogie-woogie song written by Don Raye. In 1940 andd it was recorded by the Will Bradley Trio .
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

If you want to hear some Boogie, then I know the place
It's just an old piano and a knocked out bass
The drummer man's a guy they call eight beat Mac
You remember Doc and old Beat Me Daddy Slack
Mammy's sellin' chicken fried in bacon grease
Well come along with me boys it's just down the road a piece.
Now there's a place you really get your kicks
It's open every night about twelve to six
If you want to hear some boogie then you'll get your fill
Puts the eight beat to you like an old steam mill
Come along with me boys 'fore they lose their lease