It looks as if I’ll be heading to southern Indiana for the Ferdinand Folk Festival this fall.
There’s tough competition — I think it’s the same weekend as the Indianapolis Jazz Festival — but the trip will afford me a chance to return to Dubois County, where I spent three of the best years of my life as a young reporter at the Jasper Herald in the early ’80s. Moreover, my best friend and her husband, a Ferdinand boy, will be there.
Then there’s the music. Oh, man.
The big draws for me are Adam Hood and Daddy, a collaboration between Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack.
The people and places in the lyrics and vocals on “Different Groove,” one of the finest albums released in 2007, seem like a musical yearbook of my last three decades. I never dated a woman named Shelly, but Hood’s song that bears her name could easily be about a woman who broke up with me because she didn’t understand why I had to cover a massive train wreck instead of taking her to dinner on her birthday.
If we had gone to dinner, it probably would have been at a little joint like the one Hood sings about in “Late Night Diner.” Every little burg has one. And folks with a sharp eye can always spot the mini tragedies playing out two booths over.
Hood wants to remind me of every city I’ve ever been when he sings “Buzzes Like Neon” … and he does. The details in the tune are descriptive yet generic, because it’s the woman who burned her way into his memory. Who can’t relate to that?
I was a fan of both Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack before I heard them together on Daddy’s 2009 release, “For a Second Time.” The album’s songs are filled with jaunty twang that’s bound to be special live.
To be honest, I haven’t listened to much of the music of Colin Hay, the Ferdinand Folk Festival’s headliner. But I’m looking forward to hearing the former member of Men at Work, too.
The festival will be held on Sept. 15 in Ferdinand.