We were watching the weather like we have been all month but the bad stuff went all around us, and by the time we were ready for a show, it was perfect.
We kicked off the show with a special treat from Zachary, Louisiana – Klair Ann! Klair and her family were here at last year’s show and met the Bradley family. They hit it off from the git-go, and Klair actually took part in some shows with the band while they toured Louisiana and parts south. Klair is fourteen but sings like a aged talent.
As an opening set, Klair managed to demonstrate that great voice, despite a technical glitch that produced only part of her selected musical background. She started off with “Somethings Got A Hold of Me”. She thanked us for the chance to play on the porch. She continued to sing some great jazzy rhythm and blues, Americana, and blues. Her “Me and Bobby McGee” was well received as was her version of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery”. Her “Gimme One Reason to Stay Here”, “House of the Rising Sun”, “Chain of Fools” and “As Long As I Can See the Light” gave us a sample of her range and grasp of the songs. She finished her set with “Son of a Preacher Man”. She got a resounding ovation for her set and a second ovation when they learned she’s just shy of fifteen years old! She was a great addition to the show, and we’re sure we’ll hear great things about her in the future.
The Gable Bradley Band are Gable, Tucker, and Spencer Bardley and Brandon Lovelady, all from Hot Springs, and Dayton Swords on lead guitar from Nashville, TN. Last year they performed as an acoustic trio, so we weren’t sure how their full band would go over. Go over indeed! They started their set with one of their older tunes, “Fire and Gasoline”, a real rock tune about the volatility of young love. Gable loves Bruce Springsteen and always likes to play “Dancin in the Dark”. Gable writes a lot of love songs, and “Make You All Mine” was just one of his great original tunes. Gable’s tune, “Carry On” had that country country rock feel, and the crowd really liked it!
At this point the band took a break and we were treated to Gable’s song, “Johnny’s June”. This song reached the top of the alternative country charts over the winter. The good folks enjoying the Front Porch Stage liked it a lot too! Gable then invited Klair Ann back to the stage, and they performed an incredible version of Sam Cook’s “Bring It on Home to Me” with Dayton Swords on the lead guitar. Gable was joined on stage by his brother Spencer and they performed “I’m on Fire”, another Springsteen cover.
To finish the set, the band rejoined Gable and Spencer to do an original called “Where We Belong”, a rock/country rock tune that should be a hit! With that they went country with a great version of “Wagon Wheel”, which did get our audience engaged. They followed it up with a pure rock cover of “Summer of Sixty Nine” and even though none of them experienced that particular year they did a great job on the tune. They premiered a new tune about the wild side with a tune called “Wild Side”, and followed with another rocker off their latest CD called ”White T-shirt”, which will surely be a hit. They concluded their concert with an usual version of part original/part cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”.
We thank Gable Bradley and company and their families, and Klair Ann and her family, for coming to Arkansas to be part of our show!
And Big thanks to all of you who recognize the nature of original music in it’s many forms!