There is so much talent here. You hear it on the lips of locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s musical or dramatic theatre, storytelling, or live music of just about every genre and style, the Island during the summertime especially is literally vibrating with artistic talent.
As a songwriter an musician myself, I tend to be discerning about the performers I choose to see and listen to. It’s not that I am reluctant to support all Island musical performers, but like everyone else I have my own personal tastes. And I have two criteria. The first is authenticity. I like the genuine article, artists who are unpretentious and straight up about their music. The other benchmark for me is musicianship. If the musicians can really play, sound accomplished and tight, and have that organic feel, then the music jumps off the stage.
Last night I went to hear Nudie (Matt Putnam) and his Legends of Country Music show at the Harmony House in Hunter River, and I was treated to a brilliant and intimate musical tour of early country, including the songs of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Nova Scotia’s Hank Snow.
Nudie is a natural stage performer and his renditions of country music standards have their own unique appeal. His sidekicks are Christopher Martell on upright bass and Bobby McIsaac on guitar. Both are outstanding instrumentalists, and the trio at its best is quite something.
There is a lot to take in this summer on the Island. But if you want an easy going evening of legendary country music, performed as smoothly as the fuzz on a southern peach, then go see Nudie and his trio at Harmony House.
You won’t be disappointed.
Legends of Country Music is performed every Saturday night through to August 26th.