Tin Pan South at the Commodore Grille on Tues., March 28 included a great lineup and performances by Mike Loudermilk, Wood Newton, Justyna Kelley and Thomas Cain.
Loudermilk performed an incredible guitar instrumental titled “Junebug” and at the closing of the evening sang a medley of songs written by his dad, John Loudermilk. Songs that included hits like “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Abilene” and “Break My Mind.”
Newton was a hoot – and a big hit when he performed a very funny song titled, “If You’re Not Careful My Wife’s Gonna Leave You” – and was only made more fantastic by an audience sing-along when he hit the chorus. Newton also performed hits like “It’s What I Didn’t Do,” made famous by the talented Steve Wariner and co-written with Mike Noble. Newton also performed his much admired hit, “Riding with Private [Andrew] Malone” – a co-write with Thom Shepherd and one that also instigated audience participation.
Kelley is living proof that talent does run in the family. She is the daughter of the very talented and successful songwriter, Irene Kelley. She performed “Party of One” and jokingly intrigued the audience in speaking of how she used the lyric “chicken cordon bleu.” She was later joined by her mom onstage, and together they sang the song, “Second Chance.”
Cain was very suave and skilled at holding the audience in his hands. He is no stranger to the stage or to the world of songwriting. Cain performed “When The Hurt Comes Down” originally recorded by Ronnie Milsap – and when he sang and played his keys (complete with cool drum loops) the audience felt they’d been wined and dined. Cain has had cuts by BJ Thomas, Milsap, Kenny Rogers and Diamond Rio to name a few.
It was an incredible night for Tin Pan South!