Songwriters Showcase August 2008

The audience at the Tap House Grill was treated to an enjoyable evening of good, original music on August 18.  Russell Lawson started the show and it was closed by Jeanine Guidry and Kim Gammon.

Russell Lawson presented a good set of songs, most of which were folk-oriented, with two accompanists, singer Andy Smith and mandolin player Chris Edwards, along with Russell’s use of harmonica and guitar.  Opening with an up-tempo, bluegrass-type of song that emphasized “record time,” Russell proceeded with a set featuring a wide variety of tempos and feelings.  He ended with some solo singing numbers, with guitar/harmonica, that were quite inspired and presented some Richmond settings (“Church Hill” and the railroad) and “faith and church.”  A well-designed set, well performed.

Jeanine Guidry and Kim Gammon followed with a set of mostly inspirational and well performed songs.  Both women played guitar and sang, frequently in harmony, to give a nice presentation of the songs.  All the way from Jeanine’s “Falling to You” to Kim’s “Speak to Me,” the songs were emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful.  Very nice writing and performing, with Jeanine giving the audience such lines as “do I cry for freedom,” “I thought about God,” and a beautiful closing lullaby, emphasizing “now I lay me down to sleep,” with fine guitar and harmony accompaniment from Kim, to produce an impressive set.

We look forward to seeing you at Showcase #206, at the Tap House Grill, on September 15.  Come out, enjoy yourself, and support your fellow VOCAL members as they present their songs in this public venue.

- Larry Cody