You all know that I was in Nashville recently. And, we all know that Nashville is Nashville. Usually the tourists, such as myself, hang out on Broadway, we go to the Hard Rock Café, we pop in at Tootsie’s, check out the schedule at the Wildhorse Saloon and see who is going to be on the Grand Ole Opry stage. We usually walk around on Broadway and make our way into a souvenir shop or two, and when we’ve heard all the loud music we can handle for one night, we head back to our hotel. And, since I happen to have a country music web site, I try to stop in for a brief ‘hello’ with some of the great PR people who send me so much country music news to pass on to all of you.
This time we did something a little bit different. Thanks to a brochure in my hotel, I found my way to John A’s. The restaurant sits on Music Valley Drive, out of town, and near the Opryland Hotel. I thought that looked like a great place for dinner. And didn’t even pay a bit of attention to the fact that they were going to have live music later that night. I can’t tell you all how happy I was that I stayed to listen to the live band.
Let me start out by telling you that the food was outstanding, the service was great, (Thanks to our awesome waiter, Tony), the prices were very good, and all that got even better when Jerry Skeen and the Classics took the stage at 8:00 p.m. The group is made up of Jerry Skeen, piano; Randy Smith, guitar; Mike Romeo, drums; and Shar Stephens, guitar. And, they all sing.
Their music is exactly what their name says it is ‘Classic.” It is country music the way I remember country music. And, as you might expect from anyone performing in Nashville, it was good country music.
I had an opportunity to sit and talk to Shar Stephens, while the band took a little break. She’s a delightful as she is talented. And while her vocals and style are all her own, she sang Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and many of the other great country artists that were a part of making country music what it is today, and she made you smile. It was a very enjoyable evening.
I don’t mean to be ignoring Jerry, Randy and Mike – they are the rest of this group that worked hard to entertain the crowd on Friday night. I think I’m focusing on Shar here because I did get to sit and talk to here more, and I have spent a bit of time on her facebook, too. Above, she’s pictured with Marty Stuart. It’s not unusual for artists to stop in at John A’s when they are in town.
Shar does have a myspace page, and a facebook page. Be sure to check out those sites. And guys, when you head to Nashville, please take a few minutes to get off of Broadway and head out to Music Valley Drive. While you’re there, stop in at John A’s, and tell my waiter, Tony, that Country sent you.
Talk to you all soon!