Open Mic, March 24, 2016
First Show of Spring 2016
Host Robert Foster opened the weekly performing arts and open mic show at the Arts Center by performing “Hopelessly Hoping” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, “Wooden Ships” by David Crosby, and “Turn the Page” by Bob Segar.
Butch Hendrix followed Foster to the stage and performed covers of “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin and “Falling Again” by Don Williams. He finished his first set with an original song entitled, “Someday, Maybe Soon.” Hendrix was playing his mother’s guitar.
Next up was RD Hall on rhythm guitar and Casey Massey on lead guitar. They played “Black Sheep of the Family” by John Anderson and “Take Me Home Country Road” by John Denver. They finished their set with on old folk tune about a cat that always came back the next day despite extreme attempts to get rid of it.
Elliott from Petersberg brought more of his humorous songs this week. He started with “I’m Gonna Tell On You,” a song about siblings tattling on each other. Then came a song entitled, “Away Away with Rum by Gum” that was a tongue-in-cheek anthem for the temperance army. He finished with a “Porter’s Song to a Chamber Maid.”
Rose Pyatt returned to our stage last night after a long illness. “We missed Rose, and we’re glad she’s back,” said host Ron Hackett. Rose will be opening the performing arts stage at the Arts Center’s Open House on April 16th. She performed three original songs entitled, “Come Home,”
“A Love that is One of a Kind,” and “Dragonflies and Butterflies.”
Gary Tipper took the stage next and invited Casey Massey to play lead guitar with him. Together they performed “Son of a Son of a Sailor” by Jimmy Buffett, “Every Rose has its Thorn” by the band Poison, and “Last Dance for Mary Jane” by Tom Petty.
Hackett started his set by singing a couple of obscure Jimmy Buffett tunes, “Growin’ Older but Not Up” and “Nautical Wheelers.” He closed out the first round with “Banana Republic,” a tune by Steve Goodman, Jim Rothermel, and Steve Burgh that appeared on a Buffett album. “It’s faster to learn new songs than to arrange new instrumentals,” said Hackett who usually prefers instrumentals.
Foster kicked off the encore round with “Great Compromise” by John Prine, “Whiskey and You” by Christ Stapleton and performed by Tim McGraw, and “Sam Stone” by Prine.
Hall and Massey returned to the stage to perform “Thirty Years of Farming” by Fred Eaglesmith, “I Sing Dixie” by Dwight Yoakam, and “Clayton DeLaney” by Tom T. Hall. According to radio station KXRB, the song about Clayton DeLaney is based on Hall’s childhood neighbor and hero, Lonnie Easterly.
Pyatt opened her encore set with a cover song by Kathy Mattea entitled, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” She finished her set with a couple of original songs entitled, “Do You Miss Me When I’m Gone” and “Just Love Me.”
Elliott’s encore began with a folk song about physicist Albert Einstien that was written and performed by the Cranberry Lake String Band, a group of physics students from the University of New York. Next came “Remember Me.” He finished with “If I Only had the Nerve,” a parody of “If I Only Had a Brain” from the Wizard of Oz.
Tipper’s solo encore included “Old Man” by Neil Young, and two Buffett songs entitled, “The Captain and the Kid” and “Tin Cup Chalice.”
Hackett’s encore set began with "Stars Fell on Alabama," a 1934 jazz standard composed by Frank Perkins with lyrics by Mitchell Parish. Next was “Last Farewell,” a song by Roger Whittaker with lyrics from a fan named Ron Webster. Whittaker invited fans to send in poems to his radio show, and some were arranged into songs. Hackett closed out the evening with another Buffett tune entitled, “Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Latitudes.”
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett and Robert Foster
Hall and Massey
Elliott from Petersberg
Massey and Tipper