The Colonel Ford Trio Plays a Surprise Gig -- With Surprise Guests -- at Iron Barley (Hint: Rhymes with Ton Bolt)
Dale Fisher sent the message on Twitter at 9:44 p.m. Saturday night: "Guess it's not a secret at this point. Jay Farrar playing w/ Colonel Ford trio on Iron Barley patio in 15 minutes. Sweet."
Tom Lampe Colonel Ford performs at Iron Barley on Saturday night
The band, a changing assortment of local musician which plays classic country, bluegrass and western swing, was actually a quartet during a few numbers. Saturday's set featured Gary Hunt on guitar and vocals, and three Farrar brothers - Jay on pedal steel, Dade on upright bass and vocals and jazz guitarist John -- on a few songs. The Buck Owens-heavy set included:
Moanin' the Blues
I Can't Help it if I'm Still in Love with You
Love's Gonna Live Here
Heartaches by the Numbers
Sitting on Top of the World
Driving Nails in My Coffin
(Please Don't Play) A-11
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music
Streets of Bakersfield
Fisher elaborated on the night's music: "No vocals from Jay. Just lots of great pedal steel noodling. Dade and Gary took the vocal duties."
Jay will play a solo show at the Old Rock House on June 17. John will be at Hammerstone's on June 2 and 9, and Fletcher's in Belleville on June 3. Dade will play the Maplewood Farmers' Market on June 23.