Robert Foster, a regular at the weekly performing arts and open mic show, is now co-hosting the show with Ron Hackett while previous co-host Taylor Hoch convalesces.
“We all hope Taylor can return soon, but it’s very stressful to run the show solo,” said Hackett. “Robert did a great job on his first night as co-host, and I appreciate his help.”
Hackett opened the show with a Duke Ellington tune called, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, before heading south to Rio de Janeiro with a Jobim tune named “Corcovado” for the mountain that overlooks the city. Foster started his first set with Jimmy Buffet’s “A Pirate Looks at 40” and ended with John Prine’s “Hello in There”.
Newcomer Keith Patterson started with a cover of “Stand By Me”, originally performed and written by Ben E. King, before playing his original songs, “That’s What Cowboys Do” and “Ease Your Mind”.
“I’ve wanted to play out for a long time, but that first performance anxiety was holding me back,” said Patterson. “This is a great venue for getting started.”
Steven Massey returned to the show Thursday night and performed his original tunes, including “Giving Up” and “Walk Away From Me”.
“I play a lot of venues, and I really like this open mic,” said Massey. “It’s the best open mic in south central Tennessee.”
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