Had a great time hosting Takes All Kinds: The Open Mic at Sanctuary Brewing Company last night. I sang some songs, ran some bits, and told some stories. Our performers included Steve DuRose, who can be seen here in the photo creeping up behind me.
Jimmy Clifton crushed it, covering Leonard Cohen, Elvis, and a few others. Ever notice how the angel statue that stands in Oakdale cemetery and inspired Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel hasn’t spoken since Jimmy was born? That’s because Baby Jimmy stole it’s voice.
Laura Beck returned after a long absence. She played a few originals, uplifting songs about making the world a better place. But my favorite moment came when she performed One Tin Soldier from the film Billy Jack with Steve. Yup, that’s Steve creepin’ up again.
Bo Aughtry is always an awesome addition to the lineup. He hails from Texas and has killer taste in song choices. Last night we heard some Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson, and Ryan Adams. Catch him this summer at Sanctuary.
Steve DuRose had family in town so he busted out a couple hits from his massive catalog of original songs. Yes, I’m biased because I play in a band with the guy but I’d put his material up there with the best American songwriters of the past thirty years.
And finally, the always stellar Carson Sloan performed. She’s like Hendersonville’s own Emmylou Harris-a voice both thin and nuanced with all the heart she can muster.
The next Takes All Kinds happens on April 24th, 2018 so you’ve got some time to brush up material, write that new song, or procrastinate like all the rest of us.