Atlanta, GAUSA 30316
March 8, 2012
I've been on an Irish kick lately, split between classic close-harmony Irish folk songs by various performers and "angry Irish music" punk fusion from bands like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys.
The Guthrie clan (both Woody and Arlo) always are on my playlist as are John Prine, Johnny Cash and the Allman Brothers. Female jazz vocalists (any of them, whether classics like Etta Jones or a relative newcomer gracing the stage at Churchill Grounds) will stop me in my tracks and bring a smile to my face. While I do have my favorites, I really enjoy exploring unfamiliar music as well... Pandora and similar services are to me a buffet with many unfamiliar dishes to be sampled and savored.
About six years ago, I attended a Shawn Mullins performance at Eddie's Attic. During the intermission, Shawn was in the bar area selling CDs and signing autographs. I hadn't picked up his latest and decided to do so. While he was signing my CD I said to him, "I'm guessing you listened to a lot of Woody Guthrie growing up." He looked surprised and then sublime, and asked me if it was that obvious. Ten minutes later his manager (or handler for the evening) interrupted our animated conversation to tell Shawn he was due back on stage shortly, and that about fifty other people behind me in line were getting a little impatient. Later, on stage, Shawn snuck the melody from "This Land is Your Land" into something he was playing.
Seven years ago, barstools at Eddie's Attic and Northside Tavern permanently bore an imprint of my rear end. Marriage and the birth of my son five years ago changed that. With my family's blessing, I mean to reclaim an evening a week for live music.
Great group of people and a great concept. The organizer's desire to build a network of "concert buddies" had brought together a great group with whom to experience live acoustic performances in Atlanta.