At the Leo on October 20, we were entertained by three open mic performers, two Nashville-based singer-songwriters, and one local bluesman – set to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
The three open mic performers were:
- Kabir Bakie, who did two covers from the 60’s and 70’s, I think. I got there late and only heard the last one, a cover of “Cover of the Rolling Stone,” written by Shel Silverstein and performed by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
- Al Box, who covered Dylan’s “Desolation Row.” It’s an 11 minute song, so Al only had time for one song, even after he cut out a couple of verses.
- Dave Surnbrock, who entertained the audience with one cover and one original. The cover was a nice version of a Tom Russell tune, “Finding You.” Tom’s not nearly as well known as I think he should be. In a better world, Tom would be as famous as Justin Bieber and Justin Bieber would be … well, who knows where Justin Bieber would be. Dave’s original was titled Western Funk, and was based on the explorations of Lewis and Clark. While performing this song, Dave wore his coonskin cap. Ask Dave if you want to know more.
The two Nashville-based singer-songwriters were Jessica Campbell and Sarah Beth Go. Hear them on YouTube, respectively, here and here. They each performed three original songs and ended their set with a cover of The Everly Brothers “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” with a sing-along on the last chorus. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but like so many other performers, they said they really appreciated the attentive audience. Much better, they said, then four people all texting or playing games on their cell phones. (Here’s a question to consider: Does a broken CD or broken MP3 have the same effect, of repeating a phrase over and over again?)
The one local bluesman, Greg Schaber, ended the evening with his usual level of craft and energy, which is to say “high” for both. And while Greg is in fact known as a bluesman, his actually range of material is more extensive than that. His set included:
- An instrumental version of Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight Train”
- A fresh original, written the Thursday before the performance. He did provide the name of tune, but it may have been called “So Damn Hard to Change”
- A request for an original about Jacob’s Soup Kitchen in Covington, Ky.
- A very up-tempo version of “Nine Pound Hammer”
Tom Laskey was emcee, just for the record.