Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase

I was honored to be asked to perform at the Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase, a somewhat-monthly event that has a long history spanning a few decades.  After a one-song cameo appearance by James Tweeddale, I shared the stage with 3 other songwriters:  Joey DeMarco, Chris Anderson, and Ray Woodruff.  Ray is a friend I got to know through my own songwriter series, Naked Songs, and it's always fun to catch up with him. 

I have to say that it is wonderful playing a showcase like this when I am not also in charge of everything else -- no setting up, no running sound, just playing and singing.  The format was in-the-round, which I think is really the way to go for this type of show.  It's more interesting for the audience because the musical style keeps changing, and for the performer, it's a very relaxed feel.  It almost feels like you're just sitting around your living room with some friends, sharing songs.

The concert hall is a space with a small stage up above a local music shop, Picker's Supply.  But you don't enter through the shop; you enter through an unmarked red door in a back alley, then up a narrow staircase.  It seemed like I was entering a speakeasy... so I was a little disappointed that there was no booze.  The tea and snacks were good, though.  

The other performers all did a great job, and the audience was very kind and attentive.  I talked with several audience members and even sold a few CDs, which always feels good.  Overall I loved the experience and hope to get to play there again.