by Dave Carew
Wow . . . what an amazing time you had if you were at 3rd & Lindsley last night. As you waited for Judy Rodman and 6Play to perform their debut showcase, you couldn’t help noticing the people pouring in to join you—virtually every one of them sporting an affectionate smile and an air of confidence that this show was going to be something special indeed.
And the band absolutely delivered. Hitting the stage just minutes after 6 p.m., they obviously sensed the crowd’s good will and sense of appreciative expectancy, and immediately started riding with it to a peak level of performance that never wavered throughout the set. Fueled by Judy Rodman’s top-level voice, sparkling back-up harmonies, and the stand-out lead guitar work of Eric Normand, the band took its audience on a consummately professional, thoroughly engaging ride through many of the new Americana songs it has crafted for its forthcoming debut album, along with two of Judy’s classic country hits. From the R & B-laced “Blindsided” to the gorgeous, end-of-show ballad “When the Day is Over,” Judy Rodman and 6Play launched itself in a top-tier showcase that its thoroughly appreciate, all-in audience rewarded with a prolonged standing ovation at the show’s end.
One final memory from a very memorable show: Toward the end, John Rodman—the band’s drummer and Judy’s husband for decades—wiggled his index finger in the “come here, I want to talk with you” gesture. When Judy bent over the drum kit to hear what he had to say, he promptly kissed her. It was emblematic of the deep affection so many people feel for Judy Rodman—and the augury of a lot of love and great music to come.
For more information visit JudyRodmanand6Play.com.
David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.
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