Feb 132018

Once again I’m enjoying those wonderful Spillway Wings on a rainy Sunday evening, in order to watch David Vaughn Lindsay, Billy Don Burns, and Mr. Austin Lee. You know I have always raved bout Spillways food and shows, so if you haven’t been there please make it a point to hit a show there.

Basically what happens are the artists swap out turns playing original songs they wrote on an acoustic form, much like the time I covered John King And Others in the past. Much like the fashion I have covered the others in, I will be writing about each of the artists on their own sections.

Mr. Austin Lee is based out of Nashville and is originally from Mississippi, just starting out on the touring scene, having booking some shows with my Texas with my friend Miss Emily Erwin and her company,  and is about ready to do a three week stretch. He opened his set with a song he wrote at seventeen called “Reckless”. He continued his set with songs like “Let Go”, which was a solemn song about heartbreak.

The third song he played I took a video of and it called when you came around which sadly JUST GOT erased. I publicly apologize for this. He followed that up with a song called “Jessi” which was about Jessi Colter and Waylon’s love story. It was a very nice waltz song, most of his original songs are easy to understand and quite catchy.

So after the break they began another round and he began with a song called “Too Damn Long”, and talked more about his upcoming tour. He is now talking about his title song of his tour called “Betting Away My Life” which was his next song. He moved here on November 26th 2016 and has been here fourteen months.

His last song of the night was called “Drive” where he talks about a young boy waiting to drive.  I honestly think that was the best and most well written song that he played tonight. I wish him much luck out there in the next few weeks.

Mr. Billy Don Burnsis a Legend that sadly I haven’t had the chance to run across as of late, its been a few months since we crossed paths. But when we do its always just like magic, the stories and the history that his songs embellish are timeless.

He spoke with so much authority and history I think the entire bar was entirely captivated. The stories he told after some of the songs were amazing, including the first one about getting out of the halfway house to play that Kentucky show.

He played the song called “Is it The Singer Or Is It The Song” which he stated that he played on the Opry with Shooter and Jessi Colter, and Shooter had asked him to play that song. The next song he played he said he heard on the radio in a cab that Whitey Morgan cut called “Memories Cost A Lot”.

He is right now telling us about the project that fell through about trying to record Paycheck in prison, where the recordings got lost. After the break he played a song called Stranger, which is one of the songs I seldom hear him play live.

He played the title track of his newest album called “Graveyard In Montgomery” which is one of his more poignant songs he sings. It’s pretty much full of darkness and ghostly presences. He is closing out the evening with the song called Talk About Crazy, which is the name of his current tour. We don’t get to see each other often enough that’s for sure.

Mr. David Vaughn Lindsay is another man that I touched on many times and I don’t get to run into as often either. His first song he played was called Heathen. His second song that he and his guitarist played was called Na Na Na, basically he said he couldn’t find the right chorus.

The video I will be including in this article was a song called Fool Like Me and followed that by asong called Fightings What I Do. The big dog himself is up there playing some darn fine old Shot Time And Cigarettes songs, right now he is playing Sometimes.

The song Love To Hate was another older song that got played tonight, as he talked about the song Mr Colter wrote about him called Me And Big Dave. His last song was I cant Quit Drinking by Paycheck, he re wrote it and changed the lyrics a little with a soul tempo.

They WILL be bringing this series back to the monthly rotation soon, even though it was reported that Spillway will be soon closing on Sundays.

Jul 252017

Spillway Bar And Grill Is the place to be tonight for another songwriters night. joining us for tonight’s entertainment is Mr. Keith Hurt, Mr. Mark Beagle and Mr David Vaughn Lindsay which tonight will be my album review of his new release called “Next”.

Once again like last time they turned off all the televisions and talking was kept to minimum. He opened the show like all the other times and explained how things work for this event. They moved all of the tables back down on the dance floor, to make a better ambiance.

As always the food was exceptionally good, I HAD to come down and get some wings and cheese sticks, the sound was absolutely wonderful like it always has been. You just cannot go wrong on a hot Sunday afternoon with good food and a cool bar, and some GREAT acoustic music.

Mr.Keith Hurt started out the rounds, and they all three took turns playing one song a piece. However to make this article a little easier to follow for YOU as a reader, I’ll write it as though each artist played an entire set at one time. Mr. Keith has a real elaborate style and vocal delivery, however his songs were very easy to enjoy.

He began his set with a song called “Wanna Be Somebody’ and then played a really pretty song called “Hummingbird” which included some very nice guitar playing. He then went into a short story about how he found a sugar bowl at a yard sale that he kept some personal items in….the song was called “Sugarbowl”.

This video included in this show is from his song called “Angel Kisses” . The song he played after the break was called “Ain’t It Cool” followed by a song that showed off his vocal abilities really well called “That’s A Good Thing”. Mr. David’s guitarist Mr. Dale Adams added some incredible leads to that song…and the amazing thing was they NEVER MET.

He closed with several more songs filled with intense guitar playing and growling out some of the lyrics with passion, I’m pretty sure the last one was called “To Get You By”.

The middle bar stool tonight was occupied by the big man that is mentioned in the new Colter Wall album called ‘Big Dave”. Mr.David Vaughn Lindsey who like I mentioned just released an album on Young Mary’s Record Co. called “Next”. I purposely waited to speak about this album until now for this reason.

The first song he played was actually the first song on this album and it was called “Love 2 Hate” and he also played the song called “King Of Fools” which is the fifth cut off the album. One of my personal favorite songs on the album was a song that was inspired by the passing of Jon Hensley, and it was called “Taste Of Rain”.

This record really captured his vocals really well, and the songs were all well written, “Love 2 Hate” was easily relate able to me, I have burned many A midnight oil…MANY all nighters to pull off this website. I’m one of the ones that some people love to hate, because i’m not afraid to be myself.

I recall his visitation services being VERY hot out and as soon as it was finished it came a hard rain, many friendships were rekindled that afternoon. He also played a song called “fighting For What I Did”. After the break the first song he played was called “Walking The Same Road”, and he said this was a rare song to find on CD.

He brought a really fine guitarist along that had some really good harmonics and some really good vocal accompaniments to Mr. David, and as I stated he added leads to many songs tonight. he is now playing a song called “Fool Like Me” from his Shot Time And Cigarettes days.

He played another song off the new album about making reoccurring mistakes called “My Bad”, and he closed his set off with a song from the album called “Every Day”. It was pretty enjoyable to witness the entire album played just acoustic, to be honest it is my personal favorite choice for musical expression.

The third spot on tonight’s Songwriters show was occupied by Mr.Mark Beagle who had some fine remarks about one of the local Legends around here Pat Haney who played the first Songwriter show, you can read more about that HERE. In my opinion later on in the evening he played the best song out of all of them, it was a well written uptempo spectacle of greatness!

He used the name Lee Harvey because someone told him he looked like Lee Harvey Oswald, however now he uses Mark Beagle. His first song was called “Cadillac’s To Town” followed by one called “Worn Out And Tattered”, and another called “Bartender”.

“Johnny Walker” was another great song he played, but I’ll be completely honest one of the last songs that he played in his set was a Bluegrass tune called “Blue Eyed Queen”. And that song was BY FAR the best arranged and most well written song of the entire round.

The story behind it was completely awesome, from the time when Del McCourry and Steve Earle collaborated on that Bluegrass album called “The Mountain” in 1999. Del McCourry told him there was no room in Bluegrass for perversion….and Steve Earle said well there is no room in perversion for Bluegrass.

To be honest I think “Carrie Brown” is one of the coolest Bluegrass tunes ever, and I want “Pilgrim” played at my funeral. He also had one song called “Truck Stop Queen” and another called “whiskey River” (Not a cover of the Willie Nelson song).

All in All people the Spillway is a terrific place to see live music of any type, because the food is beyond amazing. The entire ride up there I’m always in a quandary as to what to eat!