Friday, April 24, 2009

Loser's Lounge Tribute To Dolly Parton at Joe's Pub, April 7-9, 2009

Featuring the Kustard Kings: Joe McGinty, keyboards; David Terhune, guitar; Julian Maile, guitar; Jeremy Chatzky, bass; Ira Elliot, drums; Eddie Zweiback, percussion, harmonica & guitar; special guest Jon Graboff, pedal steel guitar; and KTC: Katia Floreska, Tricia Scotti and Connie Petruk, backing vocals.

View the set lists here!

Check out videos from the show here!

1 comment:

David Terhune said...

I was very pleased with the response to our Dolly Parton tribute. I haven’t seen any attendance numbers, but both shows on Friday and Saturday looked like standing-room-only. There was certainly Dolly excitement in the air, as her "9 to 5" musical opened the same week as our show. We were joined by Jon Graboff on pedal steel guitar, which was a
great treat for the band and audience. I played acoustic guitar for the entire show, which gave me an opportunity to really lock in with the rhythm section.

I sang two Porter Wagoner/Dolly Parton duets – The Party and Holding On To Nothing - and I asked Sherryl Marshall to take on the Dolly role. Sherryl and I had performed “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" at the Loser’s Lounge duets show in 2007.
Unfortunately, Sherryl was unable to do the Saturday show, so I asked a rising local performer, Lakisha Grant, to sing with me that night. The songs I chose were somewhat… unusual, and both Sherryl and Lakisha did a wonderful job working with me and creating our little on-stage drama.

I found the songs on a Parton/Wagoner album called “Just The Two Of Us” from 1968. I had no song preference going into the show, so I decided that I, without having heard the album yet, would select a song from the record and do whatever was needed to make it work. I listened to the album with my daughters, who groaned through much of it until we came to a song called The Party. After Dolly’s sung introduction – which describes two parents who regularly leave their children with a babysitter to go out to parties – a spoken section by Porter completed the bizarre narrative. As we listened to his story, we laughed at lines like “The party grew wilder as the night wore on, with drinkin’, laughin’, tellin' dirty jokes…” But the plot took a grisly turn when the parents, suspecting something amiss, drove home
from the party to find their house consumed with fire and their
children dead. Well, country music isn't always pretty. But aside
from the kids dying, I thought the song had potential.

I played the tune for my wife, knowing what her reaction would be but hoping it would help me decide what to do. "It's a little morbid,
don't you think?" she said. "I know, I know," I lamented, "but it's so funny otherwise!" I looked at my youngest daughter, who had
listened with us, and suddenly started riffing on the final moments of the song - "then we turned down our street and that's when we saw... an alien spacecraft sittin' in our front lawn." Maya, one of my favorite audiences, exploded with laughter. "That gets me out," I said with relief.

But I couldn't conclude on that dark, extraterrestrial moment. So I tagged on another song from the record - Holding On To Nothing. I saw this as the parents' hopeless assessment of their marriage since
losing their children to an alien society. The song provided some
kind of closure and gave us a chance to engage in some classic
country harmonies.

I thank Sherryl Marshall and Lakisha Grant for their wonderful
interpretations. Our performances are on YouTube.

with Sherryl Marshall

with Lakisha Grant