The concert goes on |

The concert goes on

Rain finally clears enough to get McClinton on stage

Autumn Phillips

— Somewhere around 3 p.m., Labor Day weekend changed its attitude.

The clouds parted. The sun started shining and it was almost warm.

Only the wet grass, mud and puddles of water reminded concertgoers of the weather that cancelled the previous day’s free Little Feat concert. The audience was full of Little Feat t-shirts, a throw back from the previous day’s cancellation.

The break in the weather happened just in time for Delbert McClinton and opener Rob McNelley to take the stage.

In a musical world tangled in genres and sub-genres McClinton and McNelley, who shared the stage, presented a classic brand of blues and country that had cowboy hats dancing next to hippie skirts.

Keyboard player Kevin McKendree had the audience laughing and applauding with a Jerry Lee style solo.

McNelley, whom McClinton gave a lot of time and space on stage, twisted his face and body as he wailed on his guitar.

Delbert McClinton sang with his famous road-weary rasp, but the object of the show truly seemed to be to introduce long-time McClinton fans to the rising star, McNelley.

Channing Reynolds, his wife, Natalie Reynolds, and their 5-year-old daughter never miss a free concert.

At the top of Headwall, the family had a pup tent in case it started raining and a small barbecue grill with a few sausages in the works.

The family raised two pigs this year and was enjoying homemade pork sausage with friends.

The barbecue setup may be familiar to skiers who have passed Reynolds on the Broadway Bench during the winter.

“This is our first time doing this in the summer,” he said. “And we sure are enjoying our pigs.”

–To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

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