Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Riverside Jam 2007
Aha! A year has passed, and Riverside Jam in nearby Carleton Place has come and gone yet again. We volunteered for gate duty once again — did four-hour stints on both Saturday and Sunday. Our reward, aside from feeling good about doing our civic duty was free admission into the concert, even when we were not on duty. Our pictures from last year look pretty much like this year's: stern AC and gleeful Cuppa.
The weather was great, attendance was good, and the crowd was well-behaved except for the usual assortment of youthful yahoos who overindulged in the hooch and ran somewhat amok in the campground on the first night. A bunch were tossed, and things settled down pretty well for the remainder of the weekend.
While I have never held anything against it, I have never counted myself as a fan of country music. I probably still don't, but it sure has changed. To my untutored ear, some of the groups are really rockers in disguise. As I sat and listened to Desert Heat and The Road Hammers, I couldn't quite figure out how they differed from Rock. Not much I don't think, at least not in sound but perhaps a little in subject matter.
The ultimate act on Sunday night was George Canyon. Since I don't follow the country scene, he was new to me, but I was very impressed — enough to be willing to part with some dollars to buy a CD or two when the opportunity arises. He has a great baritone voice and wonderful stage presence that draws you right in; it drew me anyway. Below, is a little video clip that Cuppa took.