Written by James Killen
Mar 26, 2013 at 07:30 PM
ImageSome of my favorite shows at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck over the years have been song swaps between various singer/songwriters. Gordy Quist has been a favorite of mine for several years and I have been trying to catch up with Owen Temple and Adam Carroll for a while now. When I saw all three were appearing together at the Duck, I jumped on it.

Song swaps are fun in that the various artists often pitch in a little solo or some back-up vocals with each other and engage in some generally witty banter up on stage. As it turns out all three of the evening’s troubadours have been friends for years and written songs together in different combinations.

Adam Carroll started the evening out with “Girl with the Dirty Hair”, while his eyes wandered around the room. Gordy came in next with “Rehab Facility” accompanied by Adam blowing harp. Owen Temple finished the first round with “Making a Life” while Gordy laid down a gentle bit of slide guitar. Adam displayed some excellent guitar work on “Home Again”, followed by Gordy playing the only song that all three of them had written together, “Medicine Man”.

Owen Temple acted as MC for most of the night, making introductions and calling the breaks. He played songs that tell stories like “This Ain’t Las Vegas”, “Memphis” and “Tennessee Highway”. He had the room rolling as he played “Old Sam” expounding on Sam Houston’s manly prowess between verses.

Adam Carroll proved to be a great all around musician and a sometimes serious and often hilarious song writer. He has a way of telling a wandering story that gets funnier and funnier as it gets farther from coming to a point. He entertained the room with “Ricebirds”, “Ol’ Milwaukee’s Best” and “Highway Prayer”. Adam introduced “Highway Prayer” with a story about being raised in Tyler as a Presbyterian that was dead pan hilarious, leaving both Gordy and Owen in stitches.

Gordy Quist took advantage of the evening to take a few new songs out for a spin. He had new songs covering subjects as diverse as the murder of a cheating crack dealer to cell phone addiction. Gordy also performed the romantic tribute that he wrote for his wife, “Green and Blue” and ended the evening’s show with the Band of Heathens standard, “Waiting at the Jackson Station.”

The crowd was respectful of the performers for the most part and the seating arrangement at the Duck was set up with more space between the tables for ease of access. The evening was like sitting around with old friends and telling stories. It’s always great to see Gordy and it was equally great to finally catch Owen and Adam for a sampling of their music. Get out and treat yourself to an evening of live music. It’s worth the trip.