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Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands – May 28, 2016

Good Ol’ Days in Mount Ida

Our Good Ol Days weekend got off to a slow start with the decision to cancel the Good ol Gospel show Friday night. Turns out it wasn’t the best call but we thank The Prestons and The Rose Family for their understanding about the crazy weather and poor forecasts from weather pros everywhere.

Click on this image to view some photos from the afternoon's Good Ol' Days festivities

Click on this image to view some photos from the afternoon’s Good Ol’ Days festivities

John Talley performs at Mount Ida's Good Ol' Days.

John Talley performs at Mount Ida’s Good Ol’ Days.

Saturday turned out to be an exceptional weather day, overcast and cool all morning then clearing and a perfect day for everyone involved. We started our Good Ol Days music with the one and only John Talley who played a variety of great tunes and his set included his own originals and a tune written by Dave Almond. John has played for us on Good Ol Days every year for the last ten years. Big thanks to John for kicking off our music in a fine fashion.

Mark Gunter, from "just past Hope"!

Mark Gunter, from “just past Hope”!

Our second performer came to us from as he puts it, a little beyond Hope. Mark Gunter is from near Hope and his short set was all original and as he put it, “a trilogy of humorous despair” We’ll be seeing more of Mark in the future and send out big thanks to him for coming up from “somewhere past Hope”!

Crossroad on the Front Porch Stage

Crossroad on the Front Porch Stage

Our third group, Crossroad is a new Contemporary Christian band. They are Vance Wright, drummer, his wife Michelle on keyboards, Ernie Johnston on lead guitar and harmony vocals, Brandon Sandlin on lead vocals and his wife Kandis also on vocals. Kandis is Vance and Michelle’s daughter. Landis is also the primary song writer for the band. Their set was mostly original Praise and Worship songs.

One of the big crowd favorites is a tradition we started in 2014. Around 2pm we have invited all the car show participants to show off a little with an engine start up. It’s noisy for sure but the crowd loves it and we get a chance to hear some really great engines making the kind of noise we wish our own engines could make.

Car show awards took place at 3pm. We had a break to set up Mike Mayberry and The Slowhands and got a great sound check.

Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands

The Slowhands are Mike Mayberry, a native of Mt Ida now living in Hot Springs on lead guitar and vocals and leader of the band. Gary Bell always on Mike’s right hand on keyboards and vocals from Hot Springs. On the drums and vocals, Ralph Coulombe also from Hot Springs. J.D. Hazel wood rounds out the group on bass and vocals. J.D. and Mike swap guitars once in a while and J.D. takes a turn on vocals. Special guest Neil Johnston also made an appearance on guitar and vocals.

Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands.  Click on this image to view photos from the evening's performance with Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands.

Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands
(Click on this image to view photos from the evening’s performance with Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands.)

The show got started a few minutes after 6 pm when Mike joked that he was late because he walked all over Mt Ida trying to buy some beer and almost everyone got the joke. When they did get started they didn’t stop.

Mike Mayberry and Neil Johnston.

Mike Mayberry and Neil Johnston.

About an hour and a half into the show they paused for a minute to get Neil Johnston on stage for a few tunes. Mike tells the story that he made a deal with Neil, swapping roof work for guitar lessons. Neil says it was the best 20 minute lesson he ever gave, Mike got the licks and Neil got a roof, a good deal all around for everybody. Mike and the Slowhands continued after Neil’s appearance and ended up playing until we had to tell them to stop. They did a three song medley encore and Good Ol Days came to an end!

Many folks dropped by to tell us how great the band was and we agree. The good news is that Mike agreed to come back next year to do it again next year! Big Huge Thanks to Mike and the band for a great time!

The Front Porch Stage sends out big thanks to everyone who came out to play for us, John Talley, Mark Gunter, Crossroad and Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands. Special thanks to our all volunteers who worked the long hours to make this year’s Good Ol Days one to remember. And last but not least Thanks to our faithful friends and to our visitors from as far away as Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and our Arkansas visitors from Pine Bluff, Mena, Russellville, Dover and Waldron who come out to our Good Ol Days. You are always welcome to come hang around with us!

Whistlin’ Dixie – May 21, 2016

Saturday’s weather was perfect for The Front Porch Stage and the Tri-County Relay for Life fundraiser.

John Talley performs for the Relay for Life crowd in Mount Ida.

John Talley performs for the Relay for Life crowd in Mount Ida.

John Talley provided about a half hour of live music for the Relay for Life participants. Big thanks to John and Phil Campbell for coming out to help with the set up for Whistlin Dixie!

Whistlin’ Dixie was raring to go, got in an early soundcheck, which revealed how great the show was going to be.

Whistlin’ Dixie started out with Darrell Davis and David “beezer” Wagler performing as a duo at Horseshoe Ranch near Jasper, Arkansas. Since those days the band evolved to include Wesley Davis of Deer, Arkansas ( Darrell’s brother), on acoustic guitar and vocals, Drummer David Bowie from Vilonia, Arkansas, and yes that is his real name. Robert Akers from Sherwood, Arkansas, on bass rounds out the band as it is now after three years.

Whistlin' Dixie from in and around Newton County, Arkansas. Thanks, Y'all!

Whistlin’ Dixie from in and around Newton County, Arkansas. Thanks, Y’all!
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From the first note to the last, the Whistlin’ Dixie concert was a joy fest of great tunes being played perfectly. Their selection of material covered a big range of music from country rock to folk to old country, new country, outlaw and red dirt and originals. From Dylan to Skynrd, George Straight and Merle. “Wipe Out” to “Mustang Sally” … It was all there and all great.

Whistlin’ Dixie set list:

Set One: “Workin’ Man Blues”, “Party With You”, “Tulsa Time”, “I’m Gonna Be Somebody”, “Neon Moon”, “Luckenbach, Texas”, “Cowboy Rides Away”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Mason Dixon Line” (a Whistlin’ Dixie original), “Anymore”, ‘Feet Don’t Touch the Ground”, “Almost Home”, “People “Round Here” (Whistlin’ Dixie original), and “The Ride”.

Set Two: “Fireman”, “Lonesome, Ornery and Mean”, “Simple Man”, “Can’t you See”, “Folsum Prison Blues”, “Ramblin’ Fever”, “Country Boy Can Survive”, “Wagon Wheel”, “Honky-tonk Nighttime Man”, “Copperhead Road”, “Wipeout” (Yes, “Wipeout”! done to perfection. David “Doobie” Bowie nails the surfer classic!!!), “Mustang Sally”, and “Honky-tonk History”.

Big thanks to Whistlin’ Dixie for coming to Mount Ida! Great Band! We sure hope to feature you on the ‘Stage again!

Thanks to everyone else who helped out with the Relay for Life! Thanks John Talley and thanks to our friends and visitors who came out for the show!

Big Thanks to our Front Porch, Back Porch, and Possum Store Volunteers!!

Dewayne Hodges – May 14, 2016

Perfect weather was in order for the second weekend of our fifteenth season and a fine evening for Dewayne Hodges!

We had a smaller but appreciative crowd for Dewayne’s show. Dewayne is blind, but it doesn’t hinder him at all in performing a variety of classis oldies, rock, country, country rock and gospel. Much of  Dewayne’s show were requests from some of his many followers.

Dewayne always plays with a big smilie on his face. A great musician! This photo is from Dewayne's 2014 visit to the Front Porch Stage.

Dewayne always plays with a big smilie on his face. A great musician! This photo is from Dewayne’s 2014 visit to the Front Porch Stage.

Dewayne will be playing a gospel concert at Mt Ida First Baptist on may 29th at 6:00pm. The public is invited. Dewayne tells a great story of his first studio recording being paid for by some members at First Baptist.

Apologies, but we forgot to bring the camera so we have no pictures from Dewayne’s performance.

Here’s the playlist from Dewayne’s concert:

Set One: Kansas City, Margaritaville, Statue of a Fool, You Got Me Singing the Blues and A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation, Sweet Beaulah Land, Folsum Prison Blues, Rocky Top and Ouachita Ladies, written by Stan Lafever of Hot Springs

Set Two: Suppertime, Potters Clay, Last Date, Going To the City, Midnight Cry, Write This Down, Behind Closed Doors, Go Rest High, Elvis Medley Blue Suede Shoes, Teddy Bear and Don’t Be Cruel, Arkansas Farmer and finally The Mt Ida Boogie.

Our thanks to Dewayne Hodges and Shirley for coming to play, thanks to our regulars and to some special visitors from Texas, Louisiana and the Rowlands from St Augustine, Florida! Big thanks to the volunteers who make it happen.

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Thanks Everyone!

The Prairie Grove Band – May 7, 2016

You could not have asked for a more perfect evening to kick off the 15th season on the Front Porch Stage. Nor, could you have asked for a better band than our friends, The Prairie Grove Band, to get our season started. Over the years Prairie Grove has been a local favorite, and it still holds true. We had a nice crowd, mostly hometown folk with  visitors from Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan, Colorado,Texas and Louisiana.

The Prairie Grove Band Kicks off the 2016 music season on the Front Porch Stage

The Prairie Grove Band Kicks off the 2016 music season on the Front Porch Stage
(Click on this image to view photos from May 7, 2016)

The Prairie Grove Band are Mark Wilborg on vocals, Tommy Johnston on bass and vocals, Jerry Lambert on keyboards and vocals, Terry Kinsey on drums and vocals, “Jake” Powell on vocals and acoustic, Doyle Roland on guitar and harmony vocals, Joe Carmack on vocals and lead guitar, and last but least, the newest member, Hayden Powell on vocals and guitar.  Hayden is “Hayti” to his friends and family and we will watch his musical career grow.

Special Guests Melissa Lewis and her daughter Breanna teamed up on a couple of fine tunes. The band started their set with a couple of gospel tunes and put on a great show from start to finish.

Here’s the set list for The Prairie Grove concert:

First set:  Feed My Sheep, Uncloudy Day, I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You, Wrapped, Two Dollars, Delta Dawn (Melissa and Breanna), Today I Started Loving You Again, Mustang Sally, Walk on By, Who Do You Know In California, Tennessee Waltz, Trashy Women, A Man This Lonely, Don’t Worry about Me, Fire On the Mountain.

Second Set: All My Exes, He Stopped Loving Her Today, Silver Wings, Suds In the Bucket (Melissa & Breanna), She Thinks I Still Care, Livin’ on Love, Smokey Mountain Memories, Do You Love As Good As You Look,To Make You Feel My Love, We Believe in Happy Endings. Rodeo Romeo, Walk Softly

Many thanks to the Prairie Grove Band and all their fans, and thanks to all our visitors – Y’all come back again! Thanks to our volunteers who make it happen, and to everyone who came our to celebrate our new season. We had a good time and look forward to our future shows with Prairie Grove!!!

A Special Event in Mount Ida Recognizing Volunteers – May 1, 2016

Join us May 1, 2016, on the Montgomery County Courthouse lawn in Mount Ida for a special celebration of Volunteer Spirit in our community.

At 1:00 pm, the Ouachita Volunteer Association is hosting a community event to celebrate with some of the great volunteers who set our community apart from so many other places.

We will dedicate the “Eminent Domain” Marker, present awards of recognition to some outstanding members of our community, and the Stitchin’ Friends
will present more veterans quilts to former service men and women.

A free meal will be served at 1:30, followed by a concert on the Front Porch Stage featuring The Prestons. Bring your lawn chairs!

Make plans to share some of your Sunday afternoon with your friends and neighbors,and find out about the great things that are being accomplished by volunteers.

Making our world a little better, one volunteer at a time!

Rodger King – October 10, 2015

Our show this week featured one of the really great performing song writers, as Rodger King returned to our stage in a solo show. Early in the season, Rodger appeared with Casey Penn in August. Rodger is originally from Humnoke, AR, and now resides in Lonoke.  He played two great sets of mostly originals, and his writing talents shined. Rodger is an accomplished guitarist and Dobro player.

Rodger King performs on the Front Porch Stage

Rodger King performs on the Front Porch Stage
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Our smaller audience was enthusiastic about Rodger’s performance.

The setlist for Rodger’s first set included “Hang My Head in Sorrow”, “When It Rains It Pours”, “Always Something”, “You and I”, “Letter Full of Lies”, “Circuit Riding Preacher”, “Arkansas”, “Freeborn Man”, “I’m Keeping My Eyes On Jesus”, and “Snake Island, Arkansas”.

For his second set, Rodger performed “Little Sister”, “The Arkansas River”, “Miss the Mississippi”, “You,Half the Man My Daddy Was”, “Grandpa and Me”, “This Here Bottle”, “Work Through Me”, and “Hello On the Other Side”.

Huge thanks to Rodger for coming all the way from Lonoke on a cool October evening. A great showcase of some great songs!

Thanks to all the volunteers who make it happen, and Biggest Thanks
to all the kind folk who come for our shows!

Until next week…

The Prairie Grove Band – October 3, 2015

October started with the cancellation of the Community Outreach Ministry’s annual Game Dinner on October 3rd, and fortunately, our home town guys were able to put together a good show. The Prairie Grove Band and some good friends came out on a very cool evening on short notice and performed two great sets.

Loyal and Margie Rowland, Melissa Carmack Lewis, and Mark’s grandson Jed Willborg all participated in the show. The Prairie Grove Band are Mark Willborg, band leader on vocals and guitar, Joe Carmack on lead guitar and vocals, Terry Kinsey on drums and vocals, Doyle Rowland on guitar and harmony vocals, Tommy Johnston on Bass and vocals, Travis “Dart” Stapp on banjo, guitar, dobro, and vocal harmony, Jerry Lambert on keyboard, guitar and vocals and Jason “Jake” Powell on acoustic rhythm and vocals. They live all over the county, and we’re proud to have them!

The Prairie Grove Band with Margie and Loyal Rowland

The Prairie Grove Band with Margie and Loyal Rowland
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It was a very cool evening, and it was mostly a family crowd and good friends who gathered on short notice. There was a lot of visiting going on all evening. There was a future Possum Queen, the reigning Possum Queen running the Possum Store, a Has-been Queen running the Back Porch, and
our crew of volunteers, including our great photographer, wandering around visiting with our regulars.

We want to thank The Prairie Grove Band, their special guests, the band family and all our friends, old and new, for coming out on such short notice.

Again big thanks to the volunteers that make it happen.

Seeya next week…