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Contact: Maribeth Fischer (302) 841-2172

“Under the Covers”: Characters & Stories in Cover Tunes

“The ability to musically and lyrically convey a compelling story in under four minutes is what the best songwriters aspire to do,” says local musician Terry Plowman, and on Tuesday, September 1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Plowman, along with four other local musicians will aspire to convey exactly what this means. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Beseme, Second and Market Streets in Lewes.

“Under the Covers,” which is hosted by the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to the supporting literary artists in Delmarva, is part of an ongoing monthly series, “Night of the Song and the Story,” whereby various musicians gather to perform music and to tell the “stories” behind the songs they perform. A musical improv, round-table, and jam, all rolled into one, the event has showcased over 25 musicians in the past two years, often “mixing and matching” musicians who haven’t played together previously. While the primary goal is always to provide great entertainment, a secondary focus is on the actual words of the songs. “It takes me 400 pages to tell a story,” says novelist Maribeth Fischer, president of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild. “Musicians have to do it in four minutes—create characters, plot, setting, theme. It’s incredible if you think about it.”

And incredible are what the Nights of the Song and the Story have typically been, with the September 1 event promising to be no different (Audience members are encouraged to come early as seating is limited). The performers include Bob Burroughs, Bill Richardson, Mike Long, “Stevie Ray” Wilson and Terry Plowman. Burroughs and Richardson have most recently played with Jimmy Bones, while Long, Wilson and Plowman were members of the “Gone Boys,” the unofficial "house band" at The Front Page from 1984 through 1993. Burroughs, Long and Wilson were members of the core group of musicians who made The Front Page's weekly open stage, called Acoustic Jam Night, so vibrant and consistently entertaining. Long currently plays guitar with Walt Hetfield's Buddy Holly tribute band.

While the musicians will perform songs by well-known artists such as Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and Jim Croce, all of whom are renowned for the complex characters and plots around which their songs are built, they will also play songs from lesser-known artists such as Townes Van Zandt, whose "Pancho and Lefty," weaves a poignant tale of two outlaws who take separate paths, or Steve Earle, who imagines his reply when St. Peter invites him into the gates of Heaven in "I Ain't Ever Satisfied." Add some Bruce Cockburn to the mix, some John Prine and you’ve got more than enough stories and plenty of outlandish or angry or down-on- their-luck characters.

The audience is invited to participate as much or as little as they want by asking questions about characters—the good, bad, and ugly—that the musicians will try to answer with a song. The night wouldn’t be complete without Bill Richardson’s version of Barenaked Ladies’ "If I Had a Million Dollars" which the audience is welcome to help him ponder. Throughout the evening, audience members are encouraged to sample from Beseme’s eclectic food and drink menu.

For more information about this or other Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild events, click here.

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