By Herb Ryan
Custer, SD July 12, 2016 – Arriving late at 6:15 pm Tuesday evening for the Summer Music in Way Park, meant I had missed the opening set of JimmyRay’s Wild Cats. The following 45 minutes made up for what I had missed earlier. This is a trio consisting of Jimmy Fechner on lead guitar, Mary Fechner on bass and Mark Mowry on drums. Playing jazz and blues at a comfort level that appealed to everyone, the group went into a few extra songs to satisfy the appreciative crowd. The group will perform in Way Park again on Thursday August 4th at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.
Following JimmyRay’s Wild Cats was singer songwriter Steve Thorpe, a deceptive looking package that came alive once in front of a microphone. Steve said , “I like to write everything I sing, so there are no complications when I play my music”.( The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP), requires that a licensing fee is paid on every song that is played in a commercial venue.)
Steve Thorpe really woke me up when he started singing, and had me wondering why he has never been discovered by a record label. This guy has it all, playing on key with a steady tempo and strong unwavering voice, almost effortless. Most lyrics were about the black hills and life experiences sung in a matter of fact story line. Steve gives a solid performance that is from the heart and completely honest. Steve writes his own lyrics and music and will perform again, Tuesday, August 2nd at Way Park in Custer.
Thursday, July 14th Van and Rose Arp along with the Ramblin’ Rangers will perform at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.
Contact: Custer Area Arts Council