SPECIAL KENTUCKY BOUND SET LIST and
An Evening of Poems, Stories, and Songs
The 3-hour concert will be held Wednesday, August 29th,
from 8 to 11pm EDT at Dennie Humphrey's Jimmy Can't Dance, 119 S. 7th Street, just across the street from the main entrance to 21c hotel. Jimmy Can't Dance is a beautiful vintage New York City style jazz club. It will hold maybe 70 folks.
Tickets will go on sale soon. They will go fast. Stay tuned!
The event will be filmed and recorded. The music videos and recordings will accompany my new book, KENTUCKY BOUND: poems, stories, and songs, all of which will be released this fall by sonaBLAST! Records (recording of the concert), TranceMission Press (book), and Stephen W. Brown and Vince Emmett (video & a separate Amram/Whitehead recording). My 100+page book is filled with poems and stories about the strange, bizarre, and beautiful people and events who and that played a vital role in shaping me.
Our concert will include poems and stories from the book, performed by David Amram and me, along with songs that play as soundtrack to the poems and stories. This will be an evening of oldtime mountain, country, folk, and spiritual music and spoken word.
Matt Thomasson will be Music Director and Stage Manager for the concert. Matt and Bill Hardesty (Logan Street Recording Studio) will be also be handling sound recording for the evening.
The House Band for the evening: Matt Thomasson on guitar, Evel Clarke on guitar, Vince Emmett on pedal steel,
Aaron Williams on bass, Aaron West on violin, Ray Rizzo on drums.
Singers and Musicians for the evening: David Amram, Harry Pickens, Tyrone Cotton, Ray Rizzo, Vince Emmett, Lee Pennington, Matt Thomasson, Aaron West, Sarah Breit, Robin Whitehead Tichenor, Hannah Daugherty DeSpain & Matt DeSpain, Sarah Ward, J.B. Miller, April & Aaron Williams, Evel Clarke, Kitty-Marie O'Brien-Bishel, Ron Whitehead, Derrick Wade Manley plus other Surprise Guests.
Here's the Set List (& Notes):
1) David Amram: «My opener will be my poem “Kentucky Southern Gentleman” written for my old friend Hunter Thompson as the intro to my improvised scat=rap “My New Kentucky Home”, dedicated to Ron Whitehead, Pee Wee Reese’s son Mark Reese, and all the other young visionaries, fellow musicians, artists, poets and composers I know who are keeping Kentucky a center of creativity and civility.»
2) Ron Whitehead welcomes everyone
3) Harry Pickens introduces David Amram with words and surprise original Amram piano tribute
4) «Wayfaring Stranger»: Robin Whitehead Tichenor on vocals, David Amram on piano
5) «Mama»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
6) «In The Pines/Where Did You Sleep Last Night»: Tyrone Cotton on vocals and guitar with house band
7) «Sex Education»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
8) «Amazing Grace»: Hannah DeSpain & Sarah Ward & Robin Whitehead Tichenor (1st 4 verses) Hannah & Sarah 1st verse then Harry Pickens comes in on piano then all 4 women sing next 3 verses accompanied by Harry Pickens
9) «Pappy»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
10) «Precious Memories»: Sarah Breit with house band
Precious Memories — Patty Loveless
11) «Aunt Rena Dipped Snuff»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
12) «Blue Moon of Kentucky»: J.B. Miller & Matt DeSpain with house band
13) «The Night Watch»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
14) «Wildwood Flower»: Hannah DeSpain then Sarah Ward then all 3 on verses 4 & 5 with house band
15) «In Snow In Rain In Cold In Gloom In Kentucky We Deliver»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
16) «Sixteen Tons»: Tyrone Cotton with house band
17) «Daddy, Curve Balls, and Overcoming Pain»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
18) «Lost Highway»: Ray Rizzo with house band
19) «Spadge Tooley Had Webbed Fingers»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
20) «Little Mountain Church House»: Hannah DeSpain & Sarah Ward acapella
21) «Stevie Fell Out»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
22) «Walkin' After Midnight»: Sarah Breit and house band
23) «Learning to Swim in The Deepest River in The World»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
24) «Bowling Green»: J.B. Miller & Matt DeSpain with house band
25) «Moxley and Eirene: Moonshine King and Burgoo Queen»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
26) «Dark as a Dungeon»: Lee Pennington on vocals with house band
27) «Music Saved My Life and Jesus Saved My Soul»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
28) Paradise: Hannah DeSpain & Sarah Ward & Matt DeSpain & J.B. Miller with house band
29) «Kentucky Blues»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
30) «Coal Miner's Daughter»: Robin Whitehead Tichenor or Dawn Landis on vocals with house band
31) «Grandaddy's Death Taught Me How To Live»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
32) «Mama's Opry»: Hannah DeSpain & Sarah Ward & Robin Whitehead Tichenor & Kitty-Marie O'Brien & April Williams acapella. Hannah & Sarah open then everyone comes in.
33) «Arriving»: Ron Whitehead on vocals, David Amram musical accompaniment
34) «Will The Circle Be Unbroken» (5 verses/Carter Family); Derrick Wade Manley then Hannah DeSpain then Matt DeSpain then Sarah Ward then J.B. Miller with house band plus everybody, including audience, on choruses
35) «Power in The Blood»: Robin Whitehead Tichenor on 1st verse then Hannah DeSpain & Sarah Ward on 2nd verse with house band plus everyone, including audience, sing on choruses
36) «My Old Kentucky Home» (1st 2 verses & 2 choruses only): David Amram on Native American flute and Harry Pickens on piano joined by the house band with everyone else, including audience singing. Run copies of these lyrics and hand out at door:
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home.
'Tis summer, the people are gay,
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright.
By 'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night.
Weep no more my lady, oh! weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.
See you ALL at the KENTUCKY BOUND Concert!
Ron Whitehead, KENTUKY BOUND Poet