I got a little lightheaded when I opened this Wednesday evening! Apparently there was a blurb
in the Sunday Richmond Times, plus I got copies of the weekly arts magazine with
the show ad.
The show was good.
It was supposed to be 2 45-min sets if there was a good house, or one long set
if there was less than 15 or so. We had 10 including us and Stella’s family, and a good
friend who drove up from VA Beach. There was a couple around my age who came in for
a beer, had dinner and then stayed for the whole show.
Edward played almost 1.5 hours. The coffeehouse is on a corner that is also a train
crossing, and Edward really enjoyed the four times trains came through while he
was singing, especially when he was doing Morris Avenue.
He had some equipment trouble. One pick up on Sandy, his Dean Palomino, dropped a screw inside
the body so it was loose.
Then the pick up on Vicky J, his Takamine, had a short in it, so we’re going to the guitar shop
Thursday to get them both fixed. They ended up mic-ing Vicky and she sounded
And Sam and Dustin both said he didn't need to take 3 guitars on the road–
2 is plenty, they said. Well…
Edward was funny and a bit nervous, but that’s expected on your first time out. He definitely won
everybody over. Kay, who booked him and runs the sound board, was very
complimentary. They hold a songwriters night every week and she said he’s
better at songwriting than a lot of older folks she’s met who have been doing it
a lot longer. All the critiques we got were mostly on things he just has to
learn by doing, like relaxing more. He told everyone it was the first stop of
his first tour and he thanked them for not only being there with him at the
beginning but for not walking out!
Stella's husband, Cy, took a bunch of pictures (which will be posted asap) and Stella was
stealth-tweeting the set list. It was a good show, everyone was quiet, even the kids.
The room was in the back of the coffeeshop itself, and designated as a listening room.
We were very glad for that, so everyone could hear his lyrics.
I didn't realize they were charging at the door at first, but they did, and they paid him the full take,
because the crowd was light. None of the other venues have a cover charge. They were going
to feed him, too, but he was waiting until after, and then we left. He never said anything.
I have to make sure he eats when they offer, even if it’s a to-go order 20 minutes before his
set ends. We're all learning here!
So, guitar shop today, and P.O. since we didn’t get there yesterday. Next stop, Carrboro , NC