Tim Atwell headlined the evening with his repertoire of clever humorous songs on the wide-ranging foibles of modern society and interpersonal relationships. Once you've heard his surprise ditty Oops, you can't utter the word yourself without remembering the catastrophes that Tim envisioned.
His droll and laconic style has been endearing him to audiences for years. His literate songwriting has impressed fans in Nashville, in Europe, and on the stage of IMAC and the Rainbow Stage in Huntington. His songs have been heard on National Public Radio, and in showcases sponsored by the Songwriters Guild of America and the Nashville Songwriters Association.
Lately, Tim has stepped away from the spotlight in order to man the sound systen at FMSH concerts. The HARD LUCK CAFÉ was very pleased to return that favor by featuring Tim with his vintage Gibson cutaway in this return engagement.
For contrast, Tim ended his set with a beautiful smooth love ballad ... and then the delighted audience brought him back for a rare encore.
Fresh from a gig at the Brokerage earlier this week where he opened for Chris Smither, Howard Emerson capped the evening with his virtuoso finger-style guitar playing. His tunes were playful, dreamy, exciting, melodic ... just plain magic.
Howard Emerson makes an instant and lasting impression on anyone who listens to him. He has some impressive credentials, having performed and recorded with Billy Joel and Eric Anderson, and in addition to Chris Smither, he has opened for a number of other well-known musicians including John Hammond Jr., Dan Hicks and Dion.
Howard's prodigious talents have also attracted the attention of the folks at Martin Guitars; he has been demonstrating his intricate fingerstyle for Martin at guitar shows and Music Shop special events.
It was a pleasure to come and see Howard in this rare concert appearance at the HARD LUCK CAFÉ.