· ~ ·We began with Showcase regulars Laughing Boy. Fresh from their recent blast at the Harvest Cafe in Hudson, the trio zipped energetically through their set (with a nod to St. Patrick's Day featuring funny hats, Will Ryan singing lead, and David Keevil tooting on a recorder), enjoying the attentions of the numerous children (and parents) in the audience. (Yes, some lyrics were changed to protect the innocent.)
The photographer was busy playing music, so here's another recent photo of the boys in action. A good time was had by all, Laughing Boy was called off the carpet, and the evening moved on.
· ~ ·Next up was Nathan Thompson. Nathan stops by once or twice a year, and I always thoroughly enjoy his set.
He's got a traditional country feel on many of his songs, which he blends with some jazzy, shifty chords on occasion. He can also swing a Ray Charles number with the best of them. Sweet! Nathan's understated delivery means that his guitar chops don't hit you over the head -- but they're there to enjoy when you pay attention.
|Nathan and an admirer|
· ~ ·Finally we brought on budding phenom Kyle Davis, ably backed by his friend Manny Lewis. We love having a mix of ages and styles at the Showcase, and we love sourcing local; these guys are from Lexington High, and we were thrilled to have them!
Kyle's got a great voice, with a strong tone and beautiful melisma. He's got real feel for a song. It was a satisfying set, with a mix of some rewarding originals and appealing covers.
Lots of vocal harmonies, with nice blending of the two voices.
A large and enthusiastic audience turned out, which is always a good thing -- nice to see such warm support.
· ~ ·And so, another edition of the Acoustic Showcase passes from event to blog post. Thanks to everyone who turned out and took part in our eclectic evening. See you next time!