, Nevada, both of which-- along with embracing country music itself for that matter-- have strong anti-classist implications. The lyrical themes that Jonathan Richman developed over his career are backed by his preferred method of touring. From the full band assault of the first Modern Lovers, Jonathan's evolution has been increasingly minimal, moving from a full band to a full acoustic band to just Jonathan, an acoustic guitar, and a drummer with a limited kit. This presentation is sparse, economical and allows for the Jonathan to move outside of the confines of the traditional rock show by incorporating lengthy monologues that border on stand-up performance. Even after experiencing a divorce, remarriage, the death of his mother, aging, and his own version of the Never Ending Tour Jonathan Richman can still summon up the visceral joy that has defined his career. It has mutated over time, but Jonathan Richman still defends the happy autonomy of being your own odd self.