A warm afternoon turned into a perfect evening for listening to some Common Ground at the ‘Porch! Common Ground are Steve Skubish from Hot Springs Village on guitar and vocals, Rhonda Reid from Little Rock on vocals, Mike Catlett, also from Hot Springs Village, on guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals and train whistle, Dan Chandler from Hot Springs Village on guitar, mandolin, vocals, washboard, kazoo and cow bell, and Gary McMoranfrom Hot Springs on bass, keyboard and fiddle.
As the name implies, there’s common ground among us all, and they just do it musically. Their sets are loaded with a little bit of everything from folk, folk rock, country, gospel and Celtic. The crowd was pleased from the git-go as they opened the show with “Me & Bobby McGee”. In the first set they did some Everly Brothers, The Band, Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, The Darling Family (The Dillards), and CCR. The set ended with a really great version of “Let It Be Me” by the Everly Brothers.
The second set got a little rowdy, and the crowd loved it. It was pretty much a sing along, with a lot of our friends and neighbors vocalizing along with the band on “Home Grown Tomatoes”. Dan made light of Mike’s origin, and there was some discussion about the difference in how Californians (Mike) and Arkansans (Dan) said “El Dorado”. Mike says it has to be the same as the Cadillac, but nobody went for that, as we all know that if you live in El Dorado, you don’t sound like a Cadillac …
In the second set, Common Ground featured some fine work on the Fretwah, cowbell and kazoo. Our crowd appreciated tunes like “Desperado”, “Mind Your Own Business”, “Margaritaville”, “Stand By Me”, “Unchained Melody”, and they finished the night with a rocker, Bruce Springstein’s “Pink Cadillac.”
Our sincere thanks to Common Ground for playing on The Front Porch Stage. We hope we’ll be
seeing them down the road.
Big thanks to all who came out for the show! Thanks once again to our all volunteer staff for making this all possible!