BY LARRY BLOCK –
Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 PM, the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT), will host singer/songwriter/guitarist Brother Eudy and his show, Songs of the Ouachitas. He will be supported by local percussionist, Larry Block and bassist Gerry Johnson, as well as showcasing the talents, both individually, and in duets with him, of popular singer/songwriter Kassi Moe, who was one of the featured performers at the Crystal Musical Festival, in Board Camp. Tickets are $10; $8 dollars for students and seniors, 60 and over. They can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:45 PM. Advance reservations may be made by calling the OLT Info Line at (479) 243-0186.
Going by the stage name, “Brother Eudy,” Michael Eudy, currently lives and teaches art to elementary school students in Nashville, Arkansas. He grew up in the Big Fork/Black Springs area, where his mother still resides. He joined his first band in the 1970’s, singing and playing guitar in what would now be called a classic rock band, and started writing his first originals. Throughout his college years he fronted various bands, experimenting with varied genres of music, Country, Folk, Blues, Rockabilly, Southern Gospel, and New Wave, playing for years in Athens, Georgia. In 1998, he went to L.A. and hooked up with producer, Chad Watson, who had played bass for Charlie Rich, Janis Ian, and the Imperials. He produced and financed the recording of “Brother Eudy – Hillbilly in Hollywood,” using top L.A. session players and backup singers. Returning to Arkansas at the beginning of the 21st Century he joined up with well-known Glenwood–based Billy and the Front Porch Pickers who he has played with ever since.
In recent years, he has also spent time back in Athens, Georgia as well as Branson, Missouri, where he recorded his 2nd all-original CD “Brother Eudy – Arkansas Traveler” with production and musical team, including claw hammer banjo giant Mark Jones, the only son of Grandpa Jones of Hee Haw fame.
“This concert at Ouachita Little Theater is my initial ‘come-back,’ getting back to my music and honoring my amazing musical father, continuing his legacy, and refining the skills he taught me throughout my life,” Eudy said. “I feel my Father remains with me in spirit, every time I take the stage, I feel his egging me on, encouraging, keeping on, giving more, and using my talents fully. I would like to dedicate this show to my musical father, artist mother and the Ouachita Hills that inspire so many of my songs.”
For more information about this concert at the OLT, call the OLT Info Line at (479) 243 0186, or visit the OLT website, www.oltmena.com.