July flying by
Here we go again with another week of local music news, happenings, and coming and goings, sometimes filled with sadness and other times bounding with joy.
With a heavy heart we report the loss of another Springfield area musician as bassist Scott Leach of Rochester passed away at his home last week. Scott was in several bands during his years of playing and spent the last 20 years hanging out as a founding member of the Wolf Crick Boys with his dear friend and longtime cohort Greg “Lucky” Patterson. Known as a rough and rowdy fun-loving fellow with an attitude of go-for-it and get-it-done, Scott is missed sorely by all who knew, respected and loved him. Services were held last Saturday with a request for any memorial donations to be made to the Rochester Historical Preservation Society where he served as vice-president.
The Wolf Crick Boys had just completed their first-ever CD, and it arrived fully printed and pressed last week, not long after the guys received the tragic news. A release party scheduled for July 29 at Buckhart Tavern, where the band has had a standing monthly Sunday gig for several years, will go on to honor Scott and his legacy with the band. Springfield bassist Keith Voegele, a member of the Bottle Rockets and a close friend of Lucky and the other Wolf Crick Boys, will play for the release party and also at the WCB’s performance at Downhome Music Festival on July 28. So long, Scott; we’ll catch you roaring down the road.
Here’s a couple of Thursday-evening options that might take you down an off-the-beaten musical path while simultaneously putting you into different venues for live performances. Frank Parker brings a swinging jazz trio into Loukinen’s on Fourth for a New Orleans night consisting of sounds and very likely smells, too. Buzz Hatcher rhythmically and otherwise leads the Samba Llamas into a dynamic world of South and Latin American songs at Pease’s at Bunn Gourmet. Keeping with the jazz and Latin music theme, this time in a familiar venue, Ocean State, guided by the harmonica and vocal styling of Mark Russillo, rolls into Robbie’s on Friday evening.
On Saturday night Buzz Bomb Brewery (located on Adams Street between Fourth and Fifth) celebrates a birthday of one of its owners with a first-ever (and hopefully far from the last) musical performance upstairs in the hip and ready joint. Starting at 7 p.m. Mr. Devin Williams kicks off the tunes, then Mr. Jeff Curtis Williams (yes, of NIL8 fame) plays an acoustic set (likely on his newest adventure, the cigar box slide guitar), followed by another rocking set of dudes playing blues by Devin. Yes, they are related in name only.
Also on Saturday The Alibi in Rochester continues a run of amazing Nashville folks when Grammy-nominated premier vocalist, heralded producer and hit songwriter Greg Barnhill takes the stage at 7 p.m. Greg’s “Walkaway Joe” was a monster hit for Trisha Yearwood (featuring Don Henley), and he’s penned songs for the likes of Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Chicago and Etta James. This free concert would be a very good time to hear him talk about these songs and hear his personal renditions of them, as well.
The Chatham Jaycees host their world famous Sweet Corn Festival this weekend for an amazing 45th year and counting. Tennessee Borderline and Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters do the headlining honors on Friday with Take 10 and Feudin’ Hillbillies taking on the task on Saturday. There are lots more bands and activities on both days at this always-fun event at the Chatham Community Park.
Keep shuckin’ that corn, folks.