Open Mic, December 3, 2015
Taylor is Back!
Taylor Hoch, the original host of the weekly open mic event when it started at the Karma Bakeria two years ago, has recovered well enough to return as the host of last night’s show. Performing with guitarist Jay Jernigan under the band name “Tay & Jay,” Hoch sang three of her original songs to open the show. These songs included a new song entitled “Bare Ground” that she wrote this week. Her other songs were “Yesterday’s Epiphany” and “So You Run.”
Tom Dixon from Lewisburg played three of his original songs: “Wide Open Road,” “Just Tell Me You Love Me,” and “Addiction.” Dixon performs frequently in the northeastern United States, and has opened shows for several well know artists.
Classical guitarist Drew Tucker played “Etude in A” by Matteo Carcassi. Carcassi was a virtuoso concert guitarist born in Florence, Italy, in 1792. For the Christmas season, Tucker also played classical guitar arrangement of “Deck the Halls.”
Singer/Songwriter Rose Pyatt, a regular at our shows, played three of her original songs. Her songs included “My Only Love,” “Back Home Where I Belong,” and “Go Steady On.”
Co-host Robert Foster arrived late and played three cover songs that included “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, “Cowgirl in the Sand” by Neil Young, and “Whiskey and You” written by Chris Stapleton and made famous by Tim McGraw.
Elliott from Petersburg played three humorous scout camp songs from his youth that included “My Ever Loving Machine,” “She Lived Down by the Firehouse,” and “Just Because.”
Co-host Ron Hackett performed a Christmas medley that included “Adeste Fideles,” “Away in a Manger,” and “What Child is This?” for his seasonal number. Switching back into jazz mode, Hackett performed “Petite Waltz” that was written by Joe Heyne in 1953. Heyne performed with the Duke Ellington band, so Hackett finished with a Duke Ellington hit entitled, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”
There was time left at the end of the first set, so each artist that could stay got to perform a full encore set. Tay & Jay started the encore round with three more of Hoch’s original songs, “Beautifully Angry,” “That’s How It Goes,” and “It Must Be Love.”
Dixon started his encore set with a cover of “Belleau Wood,” a ballad about the unofficial and spontaneous Christmas cease-fire that occurred in France during the first World War. Next, he performed his original song, “Cheap Seats.” He finished with “Almost Home” that was written by Kerry Kurt Phillips and performed by Craig Morgan.
Foster played three more cover tunes that included “Old Man”, “Paradise,” and “In Color.”
Elliott came next to play “My Logger Lover,” “I’m My Own Grandpa,” and “Lorena.”
Hackett began his encore set with “Black Orpheus” from a 1959 Brazilian film based on a play that was adapted from the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Next, he performed a request for “Under Paris Skies,” the title song of a 1951 French film. Hackett closed out the night with a jazz standard entitled “All the Things You Are.”
“You won’t hear this music on the radio,” said Hackett. “We get a lot of songwriters performing original works, and even the cover songs are done in a style very different from the well-known rendition.”
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Elliott from Petersburg
Robert Foster Encore
Taylor Hoch and Jay Jernigan (Tay & Jay)
Tom Dixon Encore