John Talley did a last minute fill-in for the Gable Bradley Band, who had to cancel. John did a great job!
Our show with John Talley was a little different to say the least. John arrived like a rock star, stepping off a huge RV, taking the stage to the theme of “The Andy Griffith Show,” and diving right into “Fine Fine Day”, a rock classic from the Eighties. John weaved his way around Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mike Nesmith, Tom Petty and a few others as well as some originals. He performed some great Dylan: “The Times They Are A Changin” and “Knockin on Heaven’s Door.” He got some cheers from the crowd doing “Rocky Raccoon.” John is always finding interesting tunes and “Ridem Cowboy” came off an album called “Then Came Bronson,” which was also a TV show. John did a great cover of Dave Almond’s “Less Than an Angel” and followed it up with a really good version of his song “Amy.” He got a bluesy groove going on “Crazy Mama” an old J. J. Cale tune. He described “Desperado” as a song that was like an old shirt. The crowd got into “Maybelline” and showed their appreciation for John doing this Chuck Berry song. “Lady Blue” was classic John being Leon Russell. The crowd loved it!
John unleashed a real country rock version of his song “Chain Gang” and said that he hoped it never became a true story. He immediately changed the pace with a love song, a great Dylan tune “Make You Feel My Love.” He really was having a good time, playing ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face” and Steve Earle’s “I’m Gonna Get Out of Here Someday.” John gave in to the crowds demands and did “Dead Skunk,” which got a great response. John ended his concert with another Bob Dylan classic, “Simple Twist of Fate”.
A very interesting evening indeed from our very own singing cowboy.