The Mighty Cords got an enduring reputation as one of the finest country songwriters of the past quarter century. But hes one of the most spellbinding performers, too a master of the kinds of singing and stagecraft that keep even the rowdiest audience hanging on every word, sung or spoken. So the only wonder about the notion of a Cord-at-the-Station-Inn live album is that it hasnt already been done. This edition of Lonesome Standard Times especially nifty, bringing together two vets (Kim Gardner on dobro, Booie Beach on guitar) with two relative newcomers (Jody King and James Donczescz on banjo and bass) who all used to play together in North Carolina, along with outstanding fill-in buddy Chris Harris (mandolin). Cord promises a set list filled with favorites from Highway 40 Blues to Bandit to Murder On Music Row, and honestly, youd be crazy not to be there to take part in the fun.
Sat., March 27, 9 p.m.; Sun., March 28, 9 p.m., 2010