Third Tuesday Guitar Pull

Last night, I had the opportunity to be part of the ‘Joe Thomas Jr. Third Tuesday Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse.’ Yesterday was the 21st installment of this monthly event.

I was joined by two other Alabama-based singer-songwriters – Sid Phelps and Marge Loveday.

Along with a great venue with wonderful acoustics, there are a few things that set this apart from a normal show.

First is the format. There was no opener or headliner. It was just three musicians taking turns, one song at a time, and if any of us wanted to share any background information about the song, or an album, or the writing process, we were free to do so.

(L to R) Sid Phelps, Marge Loveday, me. Photo by Patrick Skelton of the band Federal Expression.

The musical styles were diverse as well. Phelps is more on the country side of the spectrum, Loveday is more on the pop/rock side of things (lots of piano, along with guitar), and of course, I’m more indie/rock, I suppose.

But one of the things that really stood out about this performance was the audience. I’m sure that just about any singer-songwriter who has ever performed at a bar or restaurant (or even other types of venues) can attest to the fact that sometimes you play the role of “background noise” and compete with the many conversations going on all around the establishment. This monthly event is the exact opposite. It’s a listening room. The people who come to this are there to listen to the music and hear the stories. They show their appreciation for the music and the diversity of music styles, and from the musicians’ standpoint, it is very much appreciated.

The next installment of the event is on Tuesday, Dec. 17. I’m not sure of the full lineup of musicians for that one, but I believe that my friend Johnny Veres is scheduled to perform. Go ahead and mark your calendars for this one; it’s a great musical experience.

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