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Musician: Will Work for Applause... | davelovell.net
Jun 192011

The play is the thing, or in my case this sum­mer – to play …the gui­tar.  Early last month Tom Thayer asked me if would be inter­ested in play­ing a lit­tle gui­tar for the Roxy’s pro­duc­tion of “Almost Heaven,” I agreed and have since been enveloped by the artis­tic embrace of the lit­tle the­atre that could.

I moved to Clarksville early last fall and was soon intro­duced to the Roxy’s pro­duc­tion of “Shout!”  After liv­ing in Nashville for twenty years I had adopted the Nashville View of Ten­nessee; that noth­ing really exists beyond the view of the bat­man build­ing.  The work done at the Roxy has shown me how myopic my Nashville eyes had been.  I was raised in an Iowa town about the same size as Clarksville and I can­not begin to imag­ine it ever hav­ing a the­atre of such life and energy – this is a very lucky lit­tle city!

I am an acci­den­tal gui­tar player; pick­ing it up in col­lege when I real­ized that my trom­bone play­ing wasn’t really get­ting me any­where with the girls, these days most of my play­ing takes place at the var­i­ous song-writer nights around Nashville.  Any chance I get to work with other musi­cians is always a treat and from the first days of rehearsal for “Almost Heaven,” I knew this would be some­thing special.

Tom not only directs the show, his piano play­ing is the back­bone of the entire score.  Roxy reg­u­lars may have grown accus­tomed to hear­ing him, so I would chal­lenge every­one to really lis­ten on their next visit – he has a gifted ear and his abil­ity to fill the the­atre with sound while never tram­pling over a voice is amazing.

I have just met Thad Wal­lus, but as any musi­cian knows a solid bass player makes all the dif­fer­ence.  Thad is rock-steady, keep­ing us all in tempo while at the same time play­ing won­der­fully lyri­cal runs that I’m sure are writ­ten nowhere in the score.

When you come to see “Almost Heaven” you can look for the three of us hid­den behind the pro­jec­tion screen, up in the moun­tains they are build­ing for the Sound of Music.  Ok, so maybe you won’t be able to see us – all we really want is for you to come and listen…we love to play!

p.s.  There are some singers in the show too, ok… some really, really great singers.

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