Photos: Wood n' Lips Open Mic Newsletter

Once a week local musicians of all ages meet in Santee to play music and enjoy the night.

Stop by the Wood ‘n’ Lips Open Mic at Frubble every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Hidey Ho Neighbor,

It was another evening of the usual suspects including Bob Cool, who was out of the hospital, but not Bob Arsenault, who was in with a pinched nerve. (They’re both out now, knock on wood.)  Bob Cool’s wife Sharon and several fellow members from Skyline Church were in attendance and stayed most of the evening.

6:30 – Tim Woods – I got a little late start but still managed to get a full set due to a crunch in the time slots.  I did Gogi Grant’s “The Wayward Wind”; Ricky Nelson’s “Hello, Mary Lou”; Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”; Burl Ives’ “A Little Bitty Tear Let Me Down”; and Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”.

6:45 – Mitch Wilson – Mitch led off with a medley, “Hidden Lullaby” and “Planted by a Stream”; then a song he wrote for his children called “This is the Place” (with vocals); the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”; and “Come See the Baby”.  All of Mitch’s tunes, except the Beatles number, were his own originals.

7:00 – Bob Setzer – Bob played Don Was’ “How the Heart Behaves”; and his own “Shut the Whole World Out”; and “Slipped and Fell”.

7:15 – Rose Scibelli & Steve Wyrill – They did a song called “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” (David Frizzell & Shelly West); Marty Stuart and Connie Smith’s “I Run to You”—they really sounded good together. Rose finished with a solo tune, Gillian Welch’s “Annabelle”, and Greg Brown’s “Summer Evening”.

7:30 – Les, Ray, & Alton – Alton got the guys started with Johnny Horton’s “Ole Slew Foot”; Les chose Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Let Me Be Your Man”; Ray told us all to “Mind Your Own Business” (Hank Williams); Alton returned with Dallas Frazier’s “There Goes My Everything”; then Les did John Sneider’s “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know.”

7:45 – Bill Compton – Bill joined the trio for his set of Merle Haggard’s “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive”; Eddy Arnold’s “Make the World Go Away”; Merle Haggard’s “Would You Settle for Roses?” (Kenny Burdin); and Willie Nelson’s “Whisky River”.  It’s obvious these guys have performed together before.

8:00 – Bob Cool with Greg Gross – Bob was glad to be out of the hospital and back on our stage.  He played a “tune”, his cell phone’s ring tone, “Sponge Bob Square Pants”; then he and Greg played “Bile Them Cabbage Down”; “Amazing Grace” and , “Ashokan Farewell” (with Greg Singing) and Bob’s original jig, “San Diego Breakdown”.

8:15 – John Cheney with Tom Barbarie – John’s a keyboard player, so it took a couple of minutes to get his equipment set up.  Recovering from an eleven-hour neck operation; he did his first numbers solo, Roger Miller’s “King of the Road”; Harry Belafonte’s “Scarlet Ribbons”; Tom joined him with a little banjo on one of his original compositions, “It Don’t Pay to Gamble When Your Pride is on the Line”.

8:30 – John Movius – John told us about meeting his wife Joan at a church singles group; then he played Cyrkle’s “Red Rubber Ball”—one of their favorites from those days.  He followed that with George Gershwin’s “Summertime”; and Floyd Cramer’s “The Last Date”;

8:45 – Tom Barbarie with Les Armstrong – Tom returned to the stage to do a few tunes with some capable guitar backing from Les; they did Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City” (written by Mel Tillis); Ray Price’s “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You”; Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone”; Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally”; and Johnny Cash’s “Big River”.

9:00 – Gregory Gross – Greg gave us an a’ cappella tune, “The Sound of Singing”; then picked up his guitar for “Danny Boy”; John Denver’s “Country Roads”; CCR’s “Proud Mary”; and David Gates’ “If”.

9:15  – Nita Homan and Tim Woods (with Greg G. on Bass)– We did The Drifters’ “Greenfields”; “Mariah”, from Paint Your Wagon; the Everly Brothers’ “All I Have to Do is Dream”; and Dale Evans’ “Happy Trails”.

            Be sure to drop on by and see us soon; we’re nothing without you.  Be of good cheer, God bless, and see you next week.


Tim Woods, Greg Gross, and the Wood ‘n’ Lips open mic crew

Photos by Greg Gross, Bob Setzer, & Tim Woods


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