Our June 21, 2014, show this past weekend turned out to be one of the best we ever had, with Mockingbird and Shelley King both turning out great tunes in great sets.
Mockingbird kicked off our evening with a rousing version of “Carve that Possum”, an original written just for their Mount Ida show. They got the crowd instantly involved playing “Them Old Cottonfields Back Home”, followed with a great version of “He’s in the Jailhouse Now”, with Jessica Crenshaw playing the washboard. Our folks were loving the Mockingbird’s vaudvillian style. They played an Arkansas Ozark Folk tune called the “Play Party Song” about the Baptists inventing certain acceptable square dances. Their set was a perfect opener for Shelley King’s set.
Shelley opened her set with “Grain of Sand”, an original blues prayer that was well received. She also explained that she was just a little hoarse from performing in Fort Smith on Friday. It gave her voice that bluesy rasp that is associated with the blues. Her “Starting a Fire” was followed by “Rain”, both about love. She explained about growing up in Caddo Gap and how a dream of walking to the river gave her “Call of My Heart” that won Song of the Year in Austin. She explained about writing “Texas Blue Moon” and its being picked up and recorded by Nancy Sinatra. She also explained that growing up here not knowing her real dad called “Talking About the Weather” and tells the great story of her mom and dad reconciled after thirty years. She did “Summer Wine” that she recorded with New Orleans based Subdudes. Shelley did one cover in her set, a song that Levon Helm loved and played, “When I Go Away”, in tribute to Levon. She had the opportunity to sing with Levon a couple of years before he passed away. She closed her set with “Welcome Home” a song that was appropriate for the entire day. Shelley King, Arkansas born, Miss Teen Montgomery County 1982, Graduate of Caddo Hills High 1984, now living in Austin, Texas and Texas Musician of the Year 2008. We really appreciate Shelley’s kindness in dropping by Mt Ida and playing for the home folk.
Mockingbird finished the evening with a great mix of tunes, opening with a stirring version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, followed by folk tunes “Almost Gone” and “Moving Day”, both catchy tunes, and then followed by a vaudeville style song “Got a Letter” that our crowd really loved. Jessica Crenshaw performed a great version of “Going Down to Little Rock”, a true delta blues folk tune. Michael Crenshaw did a great version of a Leadbelly tune (“Ready Freddie”, I think). Mockingbird’s “Wish I Had Wings” was a real treat, and our audience showed their approval. They performed a rowdy version of the “Battle of New Orleans” with some obscure or maybe original lyrics, and the crowd loved it. Mockingbird closed their set and the show with a dance along of “The Hokey Pokey”, and some folks actually did get up and do it. A great way to end to a great evening of great music on The Front Porch.