Arkansas native Dave Almond came up from his home near Hope and was joined on stage by our local son and all star in his own right, John Talley.
Dave and John immediately launched into a fast moving spiritual number, “Go On Devil’, one of Dave’s originals, followed by a country song, “Take Your Time Coming Home”. Dave showed the Audience his vinyl LP and mentioned that our own Jane Babbitt did the pencil sketch that was used on his album, Dave Almond’s “Redneck Blues”, released on the Cosmic Cowboy label.
Dave Almond and John Talley perform.
(Click on this image to see more photos from Dave and John’s evening on the Front Porch Stage)
Dave and John have shared the stage many times, and you could tell they were very comfortable with each other and, as John would tell you, he’s Dave’s number one fan. Dave brought some of his older material into the show and did a stirring ballad about the horror of the Civil War, which John followed with one of his tunes about the horror of “They’re Gonna Put Me On A Chain Gang”, which featured some great guitar licks from Dave. John has that Tom Waite-sounding voice, and he really cut loose on it. Dave slowed things back down with a great version of his original “No Explanation”, which might be on his next album. They finished the first set with one of John’s songs, “You Don’t Love That Cowboy”.
Dave opened the second set with a funky original about people with troubled lives; not sure of the title but a great tune. John played a rousing version of his classic rocker “Dumptruck”. Dave sang a funny song “Inbarceration” about all the time he spent working in bars. He followed it with a great blues tune called “Joneses” and followed that with a hillbilly folk tune, “Way Out Here”, about living out in the country outside the city limit signs. They swapped tunes for the rest of the show. John performed The Allman Brothers tune “Sweet Melissa” by request, and Dave did a John Prine cover and an obscure song by Ozark Mountain Daredevils. John’s final tune was Dylan’s “If Not For You” and they closed the show with Dave’s “Less Than An Angel”.
Many of the folks who came didn’t know what to expect, and most were really delighted with what they got to hear: two really talented guys from Arkansas doing all really good, mostly original music. We’ll have them both back, maybe together!
Please plan to join us next Saturday, June 21, for Mockingbird along with a special performance from Caddo Gap’s Shelley King.