By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
KATIE DEAL brings a tribute to the women of country music. A seasoned expert on the music of Patsy Cline, the Georgia native embarked on two sold-out national tours of the production A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline before creating her own tribute to the country legend, Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.
In her newest show, Deal, the daughter of Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal, will honor the likes of Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and her beloved Patsy Cline. We chatted with Deal about her roots, her shows, and becoming Patsy.
Your vocal quality while singing Cline is dead-on. What was it like “becoming” her, as a singer and a performer?
First, thanks! I’m fascinated by her voice, so that’s a huge compliment! When I first began performing Patsy Cline’s music, it was within the context of a theatrical production. My approach was to study her as an actor would study an historical figure. I’ve always been marveled by signature vocal characteristics and inflections, how different singers can make unique sounds but I am also keenly aware that mimicry is only flattering when done with authenticity and care.
I respect Ms. Cline’s work and strength so much that I’ve been very careful not to disrespect her memory by attempting to impersonate her. She was one of a kind and so am I. Impersonations are fascinating and I truly respect those who can interpret sounds and movements in order to replicate, like my friend, Johnny Counterfit.
In all honesty, I appreciate very much your choice of words, asking about “becoming” her. It bothers me a great deal on the occasion when I am called an impersonator. I cannot do what Johnny Counterfit does, which is classy and entertaining. In my opinion, the only way to honor an icon of Patsy Cline’s stature is to portray her in a theatrical production. Instead of impersonating, which can quickly make a mockery of her, one should attempt to exude an essence of her character based on research mixed with what feels natural and authentic to you.
Have you learned anything in studying Cline’s career and life that’s inspired or guided your own path as a musician?
Yes! When the world first heard of Patsy Cline, it was because she recorded a pop song that she hated. But luckily for her and for us, she had a great producer who could look past all that she was currently to see what she could become. I’m so grateful that after much cajoling, she listened to Owen Bradley and recorded songs that would not only put her on the map but change the face of country music. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from her is that sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and trust those around you. It may not always work out but it may just make you a superstar.
How did your one-woman show, “Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline” develop?
“Today, Tomorrow & Forever” came about from exactly what I learned from Patsy: trust your potential and those who believe in you. I had taken a year off from performing when I received a call from a booking agency in New York City wanting to represent me in my Patsy Cline show. I told them that I didn’t have one, that I had only ever portrayed her in the two licensed theatrical productions. They asked if I would be willing to write a tribute concert about her. Ironically, within the hour I received another call from a producer asking me to please come back to his theatre to do a show that fall.
I called my husband, Chris…he said, “Quit your job. We’re writing this show and you’ve gotta take that gig.”
But I was not interested in impersonating Ms. Cline and if I were to write a show about her music, it had to be special. So, Chris and I went to work. He chatted with Charlie Dick, Patsy’s husband and former executor of her estate, got parameters from him on what was acceptable, and we decided to do something completely unique. My show is my story of how Patsy Cline changed my life. It tells of my first experience listening to her music, my first opportunity to portray her in a production, and my subsequent national tours portraying her. I also have some interesting personal details woven into my career story, as well.
Tell us about the Tybee Post Theater show, “The Women of Country Music.”
At this point in my career, I feel very successful. I’ve had amazing opportunities, gotten to work with top-notch musicians and have surprised even myself at what I’m capable of accomplishing. When I was asked to perform an intimate concert at the Tybee Post Theater, quite honestly, I was terrified. I rely so heavily on my band that it’s scary to take them away. But I saw this as an opportunity to strip down the music and really talk about the women and their incredible stories. The selection I’ve chosen for “The Women of Country Music: Unplugged” is music that either made it into my “Wildflowers” show or ended up on the cutting room floor. Each song and each artist I’ve chosen deserves a spotlight. My talented friend, Robert Taylor, we will be joining me to serve up an insightful acoustic dish of the most delicious stories and songs about the women of country music. I couldn’t be more excited to share this with Tybee Island folks!
By Scott Peacock/SMN
If you missed your chance to see one of the most prolific live musical acts to ever rock a stage, or are hoping to relive some youthful adventures, the Charlie Fog Band has a ride you’ll want to take.
Formed by Daniel Berman rather accidentally in 2011, the Charlie Fog Band is more than just a tribute/cover band. They are a group of musicians who each made personal attachments to the music and ethos of the Grateful Dead.
They will celebrate portions of the Dead’s exhaustive catalog with a monster, full-band live show Oct. 14 at Tybee Post Theater that could course in any direction throughout the night, much in the same way the original jam band did it. Read More …..
By Jim Reed/SMN
Welcome back, friends. I hope Hurricane Irma treated all local Film Scene readers (and their property) with lenience. It certainly wreaked havoc on a number of alternative cinema events in our area over the past couple of weeks, as some of you may have noticed.
A number of screenings had to be canceled due to the inclement weather and/or the threat of such things (which necessitated certain venues closing their doors to properly secure them in advance of Chatham County’s evacuation).
First up, on Sept. 21, Tybee Post Theater’s ongoing Girls’ Night Out series of weepy, relationship-driven popcorn flicks continues with a one-night-only engagement of director Rob “Stand By Me” Reiner’s 1989 dramedy “When Harry Met Sally,” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as lifelong best friends who can’t seem to figure out if they’re destined for a strictly platonic pairing or if they should attempt to be romantic partners. Written by Nora Ephron (“Silkwood,” “Sleepless in Seattle”) and openly based on elements of Reiner’s own life, it is a sentimental favorite of all sorts of people. The American Film Institute ranked it the 23rd best comedy motion picture ever made in this country. Admission to this 7 p.m. show includes a glass of wine (if you’re of age) and a pack of tissues for the inevitable weeping.
The Tybee Post Theater is all about second chances. So we’re bringing back “The Graduate,” that irresistible classic that made Dustin Hoffman a star overnight! Pre-Irma evacuees will get another chance to catch this memorable romantic comedy.
It’s the 50th anniversary of Mrs. Robinson’s scandalicious seduction of disillusioned college grad Benjamin Braddock. And Simon & Garfunkel’s haunting soundtrack captivated a generation with The Sound of Silence and Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson. The film won a Best Director Oscar in 1967 for Mike Nichols , and nominations for Best Picture, Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.
Don’t have a date? Don’t need one! Join us at the movies!
Your $10 ticket gets you the film, a complimentary glass of wine and a “Kiss!”
By Jim Reed/SMN
Looking ahead to Sept. 7, the Tybee Post Theater (one of our area’s restored, single-screen historic cinemas) presents a one-show-only revival of the iconic romantic dramedy “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman (“Outbreak”), Katharine Ross (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”) and Anne Bancroft (“The Miracle Worker”). Directed by the late, great Mike Nichols (“The Birdcage”), co-written by Buck Henry (TV’s “Get Smart”) and featuring a best-selling soundtrack of Simon & Garfunkel tunes, this seminal 1960s motion picture about the unlikely love triangle formed by a young man, his girlfriend and her mother earned six Oscar nominations and influenced untold scores of coming-of-age pictures around the globe.
A legitimate masterpiece of awkward comedic timing and bittersweet subject matter, echoes of “The Graduate” can be plainly seen and felt in such disparate later works as Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” If you don’t happen to live on the island, it’s well worth the drive to see this one in a theatrical setting. Plus, admission price for this 7 p.m. show includes a glass of wine (if you’re old enough) and a piece of chocolate. Beat that!
By Anna Chandler/SMN
Celebrate the music of two legends with a tribute on Tybee.
In homage to Elton John and Billy Joel’s series of 200 shows—the longest-running and most successful concert tandem in pop history—Bill Connors and Hugh Tyner will take the stage together.
Connors has performed for decades as an Elton John tribute artist, entertaining on stages and cruise ships. Vegas Strip veteran Tyner fronts the tribute Almost Billy Joel and the Allentown Band, which played to a sold-out house at the Post Theater in 2016.
The talented pair is joined by a full six-piece band, playing hits like “Just The Way You Are,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
Saturday, September 2, 8 p.m., $25-30, all-ages
By Linda Sickler/SMN
Colin’s Barefoot Comedy Club’s August show is going to the Bobs.
“It’s a double Bob weekend,” Collin Moulton says. “Our headliner this month is probably the smartest man I have ever met in comedy and his comedy reflects it. Robert Mac will be with us and Rabbi Robert Haas will return with new material, and the podcast, as always, will be fresh and fun.”
The Aug. 27 show will be a fundraiser, this month for the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. The center had planned to send a possum and owl to the July show, but was unable to, so they are coming this month.
“We were able to clear a few hundred dollars for them last month,” Moulton says. “We’re hoping to do that again this month.
“We’re going to change it to a different charity each month,” he says. “But this time will be possums and owls.” READ MORE
By Jim Reed/SMN
On Aug. 24, Tybee Island’s historic Post Theater hosts a one-night-only engagement of beloved Tinseltown Director William Wyler’s B&W 1953 romantic comedy “Roman Holiday,” which earned the great Audrey Hepburn (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “My Fair Lady”) an Oscar for Best Actress, as well as the one-and-only Edith Head an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Shot on location in Rome, it finds Hepburn playing a crown princess who longs to break free from the rigors of royal life, and does so — briefly — by posing as an anonymous tourist and dallying with Gregory Peck’s American reporter character (who’s on assignment and meant to cover the very same princess).
It’s a hoot and a half, and doubles as a lovely, moving picture postcard of early ’50s Italy. It’s also the movie that began America’s infatuation with Italy’s hippest method of personal transportation, Vespa scooters. Showtime 7 p.m., and admission includes a free glass of wine (if you’re old enough) and a package of tissues in case you’ve been chopping onions.
By Linda Sickler/SMN
David Olney has worked as a professional musician for more than four decades.
“Early on, I saw that I had a knack for it and that it kind of really grabbed my interest like nothing else did,” he says. “Even before I was playing gigs, I was thinking about music a lot.
“That was just playing. When I found I could write songs, it became the main part of my life, the thing I could do the best.”
An Evening with Americana Legend David Olney will be presented Aug. 18 at the Tybee Post Theater. Read more….
By Kim Wade/SMN
Locals know Tybee’s Beach Bum Parade is the way to celebrate the ‘last locals’ weekend’ before the tourists begin to flood the island. So, Tybee Post Theater Executive Director Melissa Turner decided they needed a bookend-type event to usher in the end of summer.
“I wanted to have bands come that remind us of summertime and the beach and make it this cool thing to do to herald in the end of summer for locals,” she says. “We still have visitors here, too, but it’s kind of a last beach bash for them, too.”
The Back-to-School Beach Party featuring The Hypnotics and Crazy Man Crazy will take place Aug. 11 at Tybee Post Theater.Read more ….