Open Mic, December 10, 2015
Newberry Songs Dominate Show
We had a great night of entertainment that included some old songs, some humorous songs, Christmas songs, and instrumentals, but the highlight of the evening was the Newberry songs covered by Hendrix and Tucker,” said host Ron Hackett. Co-host Robert Foster opened the show with the Eagle’s “Desperado,” Darrel Scott’s “Crooked Road,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”
Singer/guitarist Butch Hendrix started with a Merle Haggard song, “One Thousand Times,” before kicking off the Mickey Newberry festival with “How Many Times Must a Piper Be Paid.” He finished his first set with, “The Last One Out the Door.”
Guitarist and singer Drew Tucker followed that with a couple of Christmas tunes, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Inspired by Hendrix, Tucker sang “Good Morning Dear,” a song by Newberry.
Hackett played three Christmas instruments for his first set, including “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Because several of our artists were late arriving, Foster played his encore set that included two John Prine songs, “Hello in There,” and “Sam Stone” before singing “Helpless,” by Neil Young.
Elliott from Petersburg arrived during Foster’s encore set, so he went next singing “I’m Getting’ Nothin’ for Christmas;” “Ragtime Joe,” a humorous song about spelling the word chicken; and “The Winner,” another humorous song with a moral about fighting to get ahead.
Garry Tipper also arrived during Foster’s encore set, so he followed Elliott with “Old Man,” by Neil Young, “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” by Jimmy Buffett, and “Last Dance for Mary Jane,” by Tom Petty.
Hendrix took the stage for his encore set playing “I Love You in My Own Peculiar Way,” by Willie Nelson, “If We Make It Through December,” by Haggard, and “The Future’s Just Not What It Used to Be,” by Newberry.
Tucker’s encore set began with “Frisco’s a Mighty Rich Town,” by Newberry. Inspired by Fosters sad songs, Tucker sang “Angeline,” a sad song by Newberry. Then he invited Hendrix to join him for another Newberry song, “How I Love Them Old Songs.”
Elliott’s encore included, “You Dun Stomped My Heart,” by John Denver, “Little Nash Rambler,” also known as the “Beep Beep” song, and “What are You Gonna Do When Your Candy Man is Gone.”
Tipper returned to sing a couple of Jimmy Buffett tunes, “The Captain and the Kid,” and “Come Monday.” He finished with “Sister Golden Hair,” by the band America. Blues guitarist Casey Massey also arrived late and improvised a couple of blues tunes with Hackett backing him on rhythm guitar.
Hackett closed the show with a couple of requests that he received from the previous week. The first tune entitled, “Under Paris Skies,” came from a 1951 French film about events large and small under the Paris sky. He also honored another request for “Wheels,” and 1961 hit for the String-a-longs with a famous cover by Chet Atkins. He finished with a motif from Doctor Zhivago, staring Omar Shariff and Julie Christie, originally called, “Lara’s Theme.”
Our last show of the year will be Thursday, December 17th at 7:00pm in the basement of the Arts Center. Taylor Hoch and Robert Foster will be hosting the show. Ron Hackett is out of town to be with family while his son-in-law has surgery for a brain tumor.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Elliott from Petersburg