Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Americana Fest: Songs From Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us

By Wil Comstock
MCAU Contributing Writer

Mercyland Concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Downtown Presbyterian Church:

         I am so glad I attended this show. I enjoyed talking to people as we sat on the front steps of Downtown Presbyterian waiting for the doors to open. We shared our church backgrounds, or lack of…  What a treat once we were inside. The 1850s-era church was designed in the Egyptian revival style.

John Paul White and Emmylou Harris

         Phil Madeira, on guitar, hosted the show backed by the Red Dirt Boys, Emmylou Harris’ former band (Will Kimbrough, guitar; Chris Donohue, bass; and Bryan Owings, drums).

         Madeira is the man behind the CD “Mercyland. For this show, he rounded up some of the best and heartfelt musicians in town to join him. Among the guests were The McCrary Sisters, The Wood Brothers, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Sarah Potenza (an alto like none other you have ever heard), and Emmylou Harris.

         To quote audience member Jake Burkhalter, “It's a joy and a rare treat in my otherwise humdrum life to be lifted up and reminded through song of the sublime beauty, sorrow, sacrifice, love and redemption that the world has to offer. Thank you!”  That sure sums it up for me. What a show!

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