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Chris Hicks and Friends Rocked The Hummingbird, Acoustic Style

Posted: Sep 21, 2007

On a whim I set sail for Macon, Georgia last Tuesday to catch an acoustic performance by Chris Hicks of The Marshall Tucker Band and some of his friends at The Hummingbird. Good decision. It was an excellent show, plus I got to spend some quality time with Hicks and his wife Jenny.

This was my first visit to The Hummingbird and I tell you, I like the place a lot. I love the stage set up, and the layout of the whole venue. What makes it even cooler is the club owner, Vic Stanley. It may be because he is also a musician, but he seems to really have a grip on how to run the place and how to treat the performers.

Speaking of Vic, he opened the show accompanied by Abbey Owens and Levi Lowery, kicking it off with a tribute to the great Gram Parsons, performing seamless versions of “To Love Somebody,” “I Was Born to Run,” “Wheels,” “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” and the classic “Sin City,” among others.

Abbey Owens is an amazing singer, and her harmonies with Vic were tight. I could have listened to them all night long. Stanley is a great singer himself, and Levi Lowery from Atlanta played some mighty tasty fiddle during the set. Parsons rules, and these guys did an great job of recreating the Gram and Emmylou Harris vibe.

Chris Morman made his way  to the stage for some nice solo numbers, before inviting Chris Hicks up to jam on some blues.

After a short break, Hicks returned to wow the audience with a set that included the Oscar nominated song “Our Town,” originally sung by James Taylor in the animated film Cars; “Give it All You’ve Got,” a Hicks original recorded by the MTB; “It All Comes Back Around,” with Levi on fiddle; “Georgia Moon,” from Hicks’ upcoming (in February) Sony solo record; and many others. He was joined by Abbey on a pair of James Taylor hits, “Carolina in My Mind” and “Fire and Rain,” as well as a rave up rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen;” “You’re Invited to My Show;” and another Hicks original, “I’m With You Forever and Ever.” Every song a winner. This guy is one of the best singers and guitarists performing today.

Vic and Abbey returned to treat us to some tunes like “Rhianon,” by Fleetwood Mac, and several Bruce Springsteen numbers, including “The River,” “Atlantic City,” and “I’m On Fire.” Vic really does a great job on the Boss songs. The jams just kept coming until the wee hours, ending with the appropriate closer, “Tuesday’s Gone,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. And Tuesday was gone. Long gone. But the music was still ringing in my head as we said our goodbyes to Chris and Jenny and the rest of the performers, and headed home. It had been a great night. One I’ll not soon forget.

Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.

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