What fun! My friend Mary took me to Eddie's Attic in Decatur to see a special performance by someone we have both known for years. Eddie's Attic is a venue for acoustic music and quite famous for the people who have made a name for themselves in the music business. I think that John Mayer is one of the most well known. For years, Dusty Gillham has been playing with a band (Assembly Required) but he is also an award-winning songwriter and for this show, he sang his songs and played the guitar and harmonica. I worked with Dusty at the travel agency in Conyers for many years and he is such a funny, talented guy. (The stories I could tell you from the agency! You would be rolling with laughter!) Great show, Dusty, I enjoyed it immensely!
Also, on the billing was a singer/guitarist by the name of Hunter Callanhan. Even at the young age of twenty, he reminds me very much of John Mayer!
If WHEN he becomes famous, you can say you read about him here for the first time!
I really enjoyed two songs that he did as a duo with a young lady named April Hardin. They did the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". They were both very good but the "Billie Jean" song was just amazing, I had never heard that arrangement before. I looked it up and found it sung the same way by a duo called "Civil Wars". (Apparently, "Civil Wars" won a Grammy in 2012. I had never heard of them until I just found them on Youtube!) So, I have the video of them singing "Billie Jean" and I hope you like it as much as I do. Imagine hearing this live and in a very intimate setting, it was incredible. (I must tell you, I thought Hunter and April were even BETTER than "Civil Wars". Honestly, I truly think they were!)
It was great to see Dusty Gillham perform his own songs and to see his ease in front of a live audience. He is hoping to come and see Christopher (my son) when he plays on July 18th at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. I am hoping that Christopher will be as comfortable on stage as Dusty was at Eddie's Attic! (C's band is called GIMME 7's, there will be three bands performing that night and his will be the middle band. He told me that that they might change the name of the band to simply "The Sevens", but for now," Gimme 7's" is how it is billed on the calendar for Smith's Olde Bar).
Now, after Hunter Callahan finished his set, he reminded everyone to come and see him later in the month at Smith's Olde Bar! And Mary and I cheered and perhaps his friends around us wondered why, but we were excited since we knew that is where my son will be playing one week after Hunter is there!
Decatur is a lovely place with pubs and cafes and a nice wide plaza in the heart of the downtown. There are hardly any people here just before the concert because it looked as if it was about to pour with rain.
Hey! That's me on the far right, Dusty in the middle and my very good friend, Mary! Notice the sign, it says that on the door that it is a LISTENING Room and if there is any talking, it needs to be done by the PERFORMERS.
(I think I am going to instruct all photographers to take only one half of me from now on!)
Okay now, please let me know if you love this "Billie Jean" as much as I do. April Hardin, the young woman who sang with Hunter Callahan said before they sang, "You might not recognize this song at first, and if you don't know who wrote it... WE did!" (She was just kidding, of course.) Great respect to Michael Jackson, a true genius, I think he would have approved of it myself. I am certain of it.