What you hear on record is what you get in concert when Gordon Lightfoot performs these days. Indeed, his show at the Kennedy Centre Wednesday night wasn't just a reasonable facsimile of his recordings, it was nearly note-perfect.
Over the course of a couple of one hour sets, the Canadian troubadour frequently revisited his Top 40 glory days in the mid-70's, when it was all but impossible to avoid hearing Sundown and The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald on the radio. To his credit, Lightfoot doesn't give his hits short shrift by compressing them in to time saving medleys; he still renders them earnestly, playing either a 12 or six string guitar and singing in his gentle, reedy and instantly recognizable voice.
Most of the new material was confined to the second set, when the singer and his polished quartet performed performed several original tunes from from Lightfoot's latest album and a faithful cover of Bob Dylan's Ring Them Bells. In turn, Lightfoot neatly revived one of his songs that Dylan, Elvis Presley and numerous others have recorded: Early Morning Rain.