92ZEW and Azalea Manor have proven themselves to be a perfect match. With each passing month, the Second Tuesday concert series continues to get better and better.
For the October installment, Second Tuesday featured a songwriter’s night in the Azalea Manor courtyard. In addition to the glorious weather, the crowd enjoyed an extended evening from Rick Hirsch (Wet Willie), Molly Thomas (The Rare Birds, Slow Moses), Steve Varnes (Deluxe Trio), Ferrell Gibbs and Ingrid Marie. Each songwriter was given an opportunity to perform their songs for the attentive crowd. Azalea Manor provided an organic, hushed environment that was exceptional for this performance. Between songs, 92ZEW radio personality Tim Camp’s Q-and-A sessions provided insight into these artists and their music.
Ingrid Marie and Molly Thomas took control of the crowd’s collective emotions with their songs. Some audience members were even brought to tears by their sweet voices and heartfelt lyrics. Performances by Ferrill Gibbs are rare, and this show allowed the public to hear him in a live environment.
Rick Hirsch picked through a backwoods version of “Country Side of Life” as Steve Varnes sang. This Americana rendition of the Wet Willie classic gave the audience a different view of this local standard. Varnes and Deluxe Trio’s weekly sessions at Callaghan’s have inspired a number of audience regulars. When Varnes sang “King of Marvin Gardens,” the Second Tuesday crowd learned why this Americana band has become so popular in the Azalea City.
92ZEW put together one of the best songwriters-in-the-round sessions seen in Mobile in quite some time. Songwriter admirers should make it a point to attend the next intimate Second Tuesday songwriters show.
Did you say songwriters?
Each fall, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival takes over the Gulf Coast. This year’s festival is set for Nov. 5-15 at various locations.
In addition to a plethora of songwriters from around the world, the festival will also offer its annual “in-school outreach” program. This free program will bring a participating songwriter into the classroom for an insightful look into his or her life. The session will include a performance, a Q-and-A session and instruction on the craft of songwriting. This year’s outreach program will also feature the new “Writer in Residence” segment, in which the featured songwriter will provide input for young, would-be songwriters.
For more information, visit the festival’s official website, frankbrownsongwriters.com.