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Our Harry and Chuck show was much more than we expected, and we’re thrilled that it worked out that way. Originally we thought it would be Ashley Blanton with her dad Harry, hence our calling the show “The Blantons”. In the meantime Ashley got married and became a Bell and wasn’t real sure whether she would be able to make it. At some point, Harry called on Chuck Hughes (we know him from Posey Hill) to be his sideman, as well as R. C. Castleberry on bass. Turns out Ashley was able to make it so we had a really great show! Call it whatever you want, it was Harry and Ashley Blanton from Benton, Chuck Hughes from Mountain View, and RC Castleberry from parts unknown.
Long story short, they really put on a great show, and here’s the playlist!
Set One kicked off with “The Race Is On,” “Heart Over Mind,” “Ring of Fire,” “Faded Love,” I Ain’t Never Seen Nobody Like You,” “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” “Johnny Be Good,” “Sing Me Back Home.” Ashley joined them on stage, and they finished the set with “Walking After Midnight,” “Sweet Thing,” “Someday Soon,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” and “Anticipation,” an original of Harry’s.
After a short break they kicked off set two with “Promised Land,” followed by “Heartaches By the Numbers,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “California Blues,” and “The Chair.” Ashley joined them to finish the set with “Two More Bottles of Wine,” “Somewhere Between You and Me,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Midnight Riders Lament,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Harry closed the show with “How Great Thou Art.”
Harry Blanton has a fabulous voice, Chuck Hughes is an incredible performer on any stringed instrument he touches, R. C. Castleberry is as solid as the ground we stand on playing the bass. Ashley Blanton Bell is the country singer every country wants to be. She and her dad’s duets reaffirm the “Family Harmony” that makes for great shows.
Thanks Harry, Ashley, Chuck and R. C. for coming to Mount Ida and giving us a really great show!
Thanks to everybody who came out to support live music, and thanks to our stalwart volunteers who make it happen.