Our concert was the solo artist Thomas Stringfellow. Thomas was born in Little Rock and spent his first few years right here in Mount Ida.
Singer and songwriter who is best known for his time on the reality competition series, “American Idol.” Thomas appeared during its final season during the winter and spring of 2016. Thomas started singing in the fifth grade and was a junior in high school in Bentonville when he auditioned. His unusual style and poise helped him win the competition, and he will be returning to TV in 2018. Thomas is nineteen.
Thomas opened his show with an Elvis Presley hit, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” from the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii,”. Thomas uses an unusual device called a “Looper” which allows him to record guitar and vocals that playback while he sings and plays. His original song, “Photograph,” was excellent. His “Make It Rain” and “Bring You Back” got great response from the small, but boisterous, crowd. His version of “House of the Rising Sun” was really well received. His mix of originals was well thought out, and his show had a nice flow. His “Sweet Creature” was fantastic. He followed with “Jesus, I Come” and an original, “One Night.” He closed his first set with his version of the Radiohead hit, “Creep.”
After a short break, Thomas told the crowd that he was not satisfied with one of the songs from the first set and said the tune deserved better, so he again performed “Jesus I Come,” and he got a rousing ovation. He followed with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and his true singing talents shined.
He followed with his originals “Love Song” and “Sing.” He closed his show with a song called “Tenerife Sea,” written by Ed Sheehan in 2014.
Many, many thanks to Thomas for coming down from Bentonville to play. We wish more people had turned out, but for those who came, they got to see a wonderful Arkansas talent, and we wish him great success in his future.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support live music, and big thanks to our volunteers who make it happen.