Hi! My name is Roderick Deacey and I organize and run the Brewer’s Alley Songwriters’ Showcase each Monday, with the help of friends Ron Goad, Todd C. Walker and with contributions from John Holly and Tomy Wright. The object of this blog, which I plan to add to regularly, is to enable people to learn a little more about who is performing each week. Although the featured songwriter is mentioned in In the Nighttime in the print edition of the Frederick News Post, the other contributors to the evening, who each sing three songs, are not mentioned. As we have some exceptionally talented musicians from all over the country dropping by, I wanted to have a place where I could give some information about them.
Here’s some info on our featured songwriter for Monday, September 2 — JOHN LILLY, basically taken from his website. John comes to play for us once a year and always brings a new batch of his homespun songs, many of which you would swear were old country classics…
John is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston, W. Virginia, specializing in Americana, country roots, and traditional folk music. He writes new songs that sound as old as the hills, and performs older songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”
John has released six CDs and is recognized internationally as a powerful performing songwriter. He was the winner of the 2010 “Next Great Road Song” contest, and in 2005, he won the national Ghost Writers In the Sky songwriting contest honoring the music of Hank Williams. John won a customized guitar for his original song “Blue Highway.” He was a finalist in the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
John has traveled and performed widely, including three tours of Scotland and visits to 48 states. A former member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team, John spent years playing traditional string band music with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is currently editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine.
We always start the evening at Brewer’s Alley at 7:30 pm with a 30-minute piano prelude, this coming Monday to be played by Jimbow Rainbow, an exceptionally talented performer who improvises freely on piano and Melodica . Three-song cameos will be from Nikki Talley and her husband Jason Sharp, from Asheville, NC, Domenic Cicala from Rockville and Reid Schoenfelder, who is known locally for his rock band material but has recently been playing some exceptional slower solo songs.
We usually include contributions from the regulars, as well, songs from Todd C Walker, Tomy Wright and Rod Deacey, poems from John Holly and Rod Deacey, percussion from Ron Goad, Tomy Wright and Walt Wagner, and commentary and interviews from pretty much everybody… We have a better time on Mondays than most people do on the weekends!
More news as it comes in…