Western Swing at Billy's Tavern

Dec 07, 2012

Thomaston — The Lay-z-Gait Western Swing Band will play Saturday, Dec. 15 beginning 8 p.m. at Billy's Tavern, corner of Beechwood and Starr streets behind the downtown business block.

The Lay-Z-Gait Western Swing Band will be pitching a hoedown — dancers can two-step, line dance or just cut their own rugs while this scintillating outfit provides the rhythmic drive of a steam locomotive with plenty of fiddle and lap-steel guitar. This exciting group from Portland plays the music of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Charlie Walker in addition to writing their own songs and putting a new spin on many Country & Western classics from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

The Lay-Z-Gait Western Swing Band features Tom Whitehead on vocals and rhythm guitar; Jon Cooper on lap steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin; Andy Happel on fiddle; Adam Barber on upright bass; and Dave Ragsdale on drums. Whether called Western swing, hillbilly jazz or American roots, this music is fun to listen and dance to and the experienced players bring a level of virtuosity that will keep toes tappin’ and ears open.

Admission will be $5 at the door. For more information, call 354-1177 or follow Billy's Tavern on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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