Open Mic, February 4, 2016
Warm Hearted Performances for a Cold Night Outside
Martha Brown, a member of the Art League that runs the Arts Center building and corporation, brought in two paintings with musical themes to decorate the wall of our performing arts venue. “The Art League is a non-profit corporation founded in 1963 with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Fayetteville-Lincoln County community through the presentation, education, and promotion of all art disciplines including visual, conceptual, and performing arts,” said Art League president and open mic host Ron Hackett.
Co-host Robert Foster, also a member of the Art League, opened the show with “A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Jimmy Buffett. This song is about Buffett’s friend, Phillip Clark, at the Chart Room where Buffett first performed after his move to Key West, Florida. In the song about a modern-day, washed-up drug smuggler, Buffett laments that the smuggler’s desired vocation of piracy was long gone by the time he was born. Foster finished his first set with “Secret of Life” by James Taylor and “Souvenir” by John Prine.
Foster’s friend Randal Mills from Franklin, Tennessee followed him to the stage. Mills sang an original song entitled, “All These Years.” After a cover of George Straight’s “Check Yes or No,” Mills finished with another original entitled, “Sinner.”
RD Hall started his set with “Waiting for the A Train” by Jimmy Rogers. This is one of Rodgers most beloved songs and his biggest seller. Many listeners are captivated by the hobo lifestyle described so vividly in this song. Hall finished with “Big City” by Merle Haggard and “Please Come to Boston” by Dave Loggins.
Hackett ended the first round with several acoustic guitar instrumentals. His first tune was “Wheels” by Norman Perry. This tune was originally titled "Tell the World." It was on the flip side of a record with “Wheels,” but the titles got reversed during the production of the record. Hackett finished his set with “Estrellita,” which translates to “Little Star,” by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce and “La Paloma,” which translates to “the Dove,” by Spanish Composer Sebastián Yradier.
Foster returned to the stage to start the encore round with “Vincent” by Don McLean. He followed that with “Whiskey and You,” a Tim McGraw tune written by Chris Stapleton and “In Color” by Prine.
Mills encore began with “Wagon Wheel,” a favorite song covered by many country singers. "Wagon Wheel" was originally sketched by Bob Dylan as “Rock Me Momma.” Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show finished the lyrics for a 2004 album. Darius Rucker covered the tune in 2013 and made it into a number 1 hit on the country charts. Mills finished his encore set with “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Singer and songwriter Greg Mitchell came in late and performed several of his original songs with Hackett playing guitar. Mitchell and Hackett perform together frequently in Huntsville and Nashville, and they will be opening the professional songwriters show at the Red Caboose in Elkmont, Alabama on Saturday, February 13th. They started the set with “Take Me,” a song about lost love at the beach in the Florida cays. Next came a crowd favorite entitled, “West Texas Rain,” another love song. They followed that with “Last Dirt Road in Tennessee,” a song Mitchell wrote when the state paved the dirt road behind Mitchell’s farm. This song has become Mitchell’s anthem and it is the title of his first CD. They continued the dirt road theme with “Dirt Road Heart” continues with the dirt road theme before returning to the cays with “Christmas in the Keys [sic].”
Hackett finished the evening with more acoustic guitar instrumentals that included “Windy and Warm” by John D. Loudermilk, and two pieces by Francisco Tárrega entitled “Lagrima,” which translates to “Teardrop” in Spanish, and “Adelita.”
Photos courtesy of Robert Foster
Martha Brown Painting