Open Mic, September 17, 2015
Season Two Continues
Host Taylor Hoch opened the second performing arts show and open mic of the season with three of her original songs, including It Must Be Love
that is doing well on the European charts. Unfortunately, her medical issues forced her to retire early for the evening. “Taylor has been a big part of this performing arts show,” said co-host Ron Hackett. “We hope she gets well soon and can return to the show full time.”
Robert Foster was up next, but some technical difficulties with his Martin 12-string guitar forced him to end his set early. Steven Massey took the stage next. Steven’s mother and family were in the audience to see him play. “This is the best open mic in the area,” said Steven. “We need more people from the community to participate.”
Local singer/songwriter Greg Mitchell graced the stage next accompanied by guitarist and host Ron Hackett. They performed several original songs from their “salt life” album project that is currently in development. Greg ended his first set with his ever-popular West Texas Rain
Then Travis Terrell took his place on stage and played covers from his favorite artists. “I usually have to work on Thursday nights, but I will be back as often as I can,” Travis told host Ron Hackett. Show regular Gary Tipper played next, playing several rock and roll favorites, like A Horse with No Name
that originally recorded by the band America. Jay Jernigan accompanied Gary on guitar, and then performed a solo set including his original song, Long Drink of Water
Host Ron Hackett closed out the first round with several instrument jazz tunes, including his most recent arrangement of Dream a Little Dream of Me
for solo guitar. With plenty of time left, the show launched an encore round of performances starting with Robert Foster. After working around the technical problems he experienced in his first set, Robert performed three covers, including Old Man
by Neil Young.
Steven Massey returned to the stage for three more of his original songs, and Greg Mitchell performed three songs from his Last Dirt Road in Tennessee
album. Travis Terrell and Gary Tipper also performed three songs each. Jay Jernigan closed the night with another original song and an instrumental blues arrangement of Danny Boy
for solo guitar.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Jay Jernigan and Taylor Hoch