I didn’t know what to expect when I finally found the Rusty Nail Bar (http://www.therustynailbar.com). It looks like a typical Country Bar. And that’s pretty much what it is. It is a bit off the beaten path but when you find your way there on a Tuesday evening you may be in for a treat.
Terri Jo Box usually runs the Tuesday show here, and it is always a pleasure to see her and hear her sing. Terri Jo was out of town this night so her friend and talented singer/songwriter Olivia West hosted the show.
Probably the most casual of all venues this writer has visited things really started out kind of slowly as the crowd and the singer/songwriters started filing in at 7:00 PM.
First to take the stage was Tom Smith who played original compositions on both guitar and banjo. Tom was followed by A.J. Biggler. Next up was AS I AM. The band is from Maryland and is very enjoyable. A little more polish and tuning you could start seeing a lot more of them. Composed of Mendi Baron, Steve Milinovich, Eddie Grant, and Owen Brinser they gave us a good sampling of their light rock stylings.
Crystal Chandler gave us several country songs and was followed by the night’s hostess, Olivia West. Bothe these ladies are genuine Country performers who sing their songs with passion and control.
Kathy Ashworth was next followed by up-and-coming star Brinn Black. Kathy’s songs were enjoyable and Brinn rocks. Brinn, Kathy, and Olivia did a cover of American Pie that had everyone joining in.
The highlight of the evening had to be the Blues renditions of Charlsey Etheridge. She has a unique style and accompanies herself on the acoustic guitar which is a pleasant breakaway from the average, or even talented, keyboard-blues singers. She was accompanied buy a gentleman named Gary (did not give his last name) who is an excellent acoustic jazz guitarist. All in all Charlsey’s performance engaged those of us fortunate enough to be at The Rusty Nail into another world that many of us should become more familiar with in the future.
The evening was wrapped up by Taylor Rust.
If Tuesday is going slowly you just might want to hit The Rusty Nail, have a $2.00 draft and enjoy yourself.
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