Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 9, 2011

Musically Speaking: Moonbeam Lane adds new music to their songlist


MT. VERNON — This Sunday night, the Musically Speaking radio program will spotlight Moonbeam Lane, who provided the featured musical entertainment when MS’s “Big Al” brought his comedy act to the King City last month at the Genkota Winery.

The band (Jamie Dodson-lead vocals/percussion; John Metcalf-acoustic and electric guitars/vocals; Sharon Smith-upright acoustic bass/vocals; Larry Barringer-acoustic and electric guitar/dobro guitar/percussion/vocals) has added a number of new additions to their quite extensive song-list. Those additions include quite a few original tunes written by Barringer.

Readers of the Register-News, the King City’s oldest (by a long shot, 1865) newspaper are most likely already aware of at least some of the exploits of the members.

If you have not been riveted to your radio each Sunday night for the last two-and-a-half years (and why were you not?), you can still hear interviews with each of the members by going to the MS web-site. Simply click on the archived programs link.

Maybe you’ll recall that Jamie and John made a trip to Nashville for an audition with a television program in January, 2008.

Jamie was interviewed on this radio show for the first time in October of 2008. John and Sharon were on in January, 2009 (maybe you have heard about the Yuccas here). Larry was on the radio in June, 2010.

As a matter of fact, if you decide to listen to the show from June 27, 2010, you’ll hear Larry and his “Bad Boy” band-mates (Bill Kelton and Kenny Taylor) perform a favorite of mine, one entitled “Wolfman’s Howl.”

Just kind of reminds me of our old friend, the one and only Bob Trout (The Wolfman), the reason that we have the WolfStock music festival each and every fall here in Mt. Vernon.

Those of you who attended WolfStock 3 in September 2010 may remember another event-related performance by the band known as Doc Jones. Their original, “Wolves,” was dedicated to the memory of The Wolfman and proved to be a crowd-pleaser.

Here I am, digressing again.

For the last few years, I have annually been invited to attend an event that is like no other in Southern Illinois. That would be when the band known as “Big River” plays their annual show in Elizabethtown, on the Ohio river in deep Southern Illinois, every August.

Every year I have had to decline due to changes in the sports stuff that I also do.

So, imagine my delight when I found out that Big River will be the headline act at the second annual GenkotaFest on May 21.

Just to give you an idea of the rarity of a public performance by this band, I saw that a poster promoting the show in May, proclaiming that the bands next “port-of-call” would be in E-town on Aug. 27.

Not to beleaguer the point, but those of you who follow what happens in this fine institution known as the Mt. Vernon Register-News, may already be aware of the story that I did on this band as they were in the spring of 2006. I was fortunate to be invited to a practice at a secret location in southeastern Jefferson County. I was privy to a performance that is worth the wait.

The 2011 line-up of Big River is scheduled to include: Del Herbert, Brad Blades, Steve Mandrell and Danny Allen, along with some very special guests. South of 70 will perform the next day, Sunday, May 22.

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Enjoy this weeks terrestrial-radio show, or internet-radio show, and please be careful out there.

Don’t drink and drive or text and drive.

The Illinois State Police are counting on it.