19:25 - Larry Forte gets things started with 2 of his standards.19:31 - Johanna Morgan "Excuse", an original. Smooth strong voice, she can reach the cheap seats just fine. Unfortunately she has chosen religious content.
STAN is present, but I don't see his guitar or amplifier.
2nd is a cover of Copeland, "No One Really Wins".
19:42 - Matt Linden I turn the recorder input down to 0, and have the limiter on. It still might not be enough. Here comes the "Wonder Woman Kicked My Ass" song again, hope he trimmed it down.
I wonder what he'd sound like covering an Elton John tune?
2nd song is new. He went to New Jersey a few weeks ago. Told some friends he met there "I Didn't Die, I Moved To Athens".
19:53 - Lee Baker Poetry. 2nd poem was about time he spent in Iraq.
19:58 - Jonathan Bemid He gave me a weak, wrong, bad "fingers" handshake earlier. 1st song, has a guitar part that's good enough for a lullabye, or maybe a funner ballad than the sad one it is paired with here. 2nd song, nearly every line has the same repetitive melody. He didn't say the name.
20:07 - RED STRIPE Alexander Korponay From Volume 4. "Tonya" Patrick is off, the back-up soundguy is here with a T-shirt that says "Stay Golden", and has an outline of "The Golden Girls" on it. He's got the voice levels too hot, I think. "Encore", a poem about writer's block.
He can be found on lulu.com
20:13 - Rumsfeld Did not show tonite.
20:13 - James Diem (or Jimmy) from Hartford, CT. Rumsfeld just arrived, 1 minute too late. Jimmy may travel to Austin soon. His tan backpack is over there, looks like he's living as a vagabond. 2nd song, he asks to borrow a pick. Larry Forte obliges. His delivery is slightly subdued, like plain talking, sort of like Bloodhound Gang sometimes does.
20:21 - Rumsfeld "La Vie". Jeez, he's really whacking those strings, but with no pick. That's gotta be murder on his fingers.
Seems like he's surely using the back of his fingernails as the picking surface for the 2nd song, which has a sudden, hard stop.
20:29 - EMISSARY Rap. 2 untitled works.
Andrew Payne is standing by the green room door now.
20:33 - Benjamin Morrison
Cory Cromer & Phillip are sitting behind me now. I wonder if either of them are on the list tonite.
1st song, "All My Confidence". The chorus is awesome. This could be a real crowd-pleaser. Johanna Morgan is his sister, and she joins Benjamin on stage now.
"Under The Surface Of The Deep", on YouTube, iTunes & Facebook. Here comes a cover from the 1980's. U2's "With Or Without You". Very good.
20:44 - Rick Bedell He tells us that the song is forever if we aren't recording, 'cause he does it all off of the top of his head. 2nd song is a bit playful.
20:56 - Silver Queen This is a band with Andrew Payne on banjo, with 2 others I don't remember seeing before. Katie Ball on guitar, Will James on mandolin. "Steel Driver Song".
2nd song is Andrew's "Burning Gasoline".
These guys make bluegrass fun.
Very nice, ear candy.
21:08 - Phillip Brooke 2 originals. He says when he writes, he usually includes a female ( protagonist or antagonist, he's not sure which he means ). I think he means antagonist. He plays with his eyes mostly closed, but he rolls his head all over the place and smiles as he sings, so he's fun to watch. Second song has a quiet mood, almost a go-to-sleep song.
21:16 - Lucid Union 1st song is a cover about a spaceman. Wow, this tamborine player has an awesome voice, he must be vocally trained in school. He's the one with the beard. Song has a false stop ending before the real ending. On second song they trade instruments. This guitar has colorful stickers on a black body..
There's a Jittery Joe's coffee sticker right there. I wonder if singers can get sponsored like NASCAR drivers? I bet I could make that happen.
21:25 - Austin Green 2 original songs from the band he's in. I like his haircut. Got some nice jazzy - disco-y intro on this 1st song. His voice sounds great, a real sexy sound. This is "make love" music. He's making faces that look like he's being electrocuted. If I saw a photo of him singing without a mic, stage, or curtain in the frame, I'd think he was getting stabbed. The contrast is entertaining.
21:37 - Johnny Rowland Covering "Do You Remember". I've never heard this song before, so I don't know who the original artist is. It suits Johnny well enough to be his original. 2nd song "Living On The Levee". He wrote it when he was in New Orleans.
21:44 - Christian Rodriguez 1st timer here at Hendershot's. I haven't noticed anyone at all using a capo so far tonite. That's very unusual. If someone did, I missed it. Christian's first song sets a mood of "longing". I can scarcely make out any of the words, but that's OK in this case, the words beside the point in this piece, it's more about how the notes make you feel. 2nd song, he shortly does a mulligan, and then declares the guitar is out-of-tune, and leaves it at that. Yay! He has good sense & is kind to the audience!
21:52 - Liam Parke He wrote a song for "Athens For Everyone"'s 1 year anniversary. It is deliberately made to be sing-along-able. That group is founded by a guy named Denison, who is different person than our current Mayor Denison, who is a woman. I don't know if they're related or not. He ran for office previously, but I didn't even know about it until after the election when I saw a small ad for him on the community corkboard at 5-points Jittery Joe's. 2nd song, "Loving You, Loving Me".
22:02 - Cortez Garza 1st song uses his harmonica holder. He's wearing the T-shirt featuring Larry Forte. "Losing Respect". Cortez is playing a show at The Foundry on July 4, which is next Saturday, with The Grassland String Band, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He's using a fancy picking pattern on the 2nd song.
22:09 - William Leveritt Freeman of Bel Vas. He's cooking here at Hendershot's on Mondays now, so he hasn't played Open Mic Nite in a while. "God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You" by the Beach Boys. He's trying out a hard new-to-him plucking pattern. So he starts out a little off-pitch, something I've never seen him do before. He gets back on track, though. It's interesting to hear William, normally always a crooner, tackle this song. He claims he'd be willing to trade his feet for 2 more vocal chords to do the ending of this song as a chorus. 2nd song, "Godot". Has some nice plucking in the composition. It seems he borrowed Larry's (beat-up) guitar for this performance.
Bel Vas is on facebook & bandcamp.