10/14/2013 1:32:00 PM Local legends to team with Arizona legend at 2nd annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase
Ron McLain and PK Gregory will be in fine company when they take the stage for the 2nd annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase Oct. 26 at the Old Town Center for the Arts.
They will be joined by Joe Bethancourt, a member of the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, a seasoned performer who has been delighting Arizona audiences for half a century.
But, make no mistake about it, Bethancourt will be in fine company as well.
"There is only one word to accurately describe Ron McLain and PK Gregory," said Dan Engler, host of the annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase. "Professional. They are professional in every sense of the word. One of the goals of this annual event is to showcase the enormous pool of elite-level professional musical talent that exists in Sedona and the Verde Valley. The professionalism of our local musicians is on par with anything you will find anywhere in Arizona.
Ron McLain has been a performer and composer of the songs of life for over 40 years. Ron regularly plays at open mics around the Verde Valley at Thanks A Latte Espresso Café in Camp Verde and Chae's Coffee Plus in, Cottonwood. He also regularly sits in on jam sessions with other musicians playing his harmonicas to accompany the mood on stage with Blues Dawg in Clarkdale and Sedona.
His dedication to "uplifting" others whether it be in singing or through his wit and humor, also depicts this attitude in his CD's titled "Love and Other Crazy Relationships," "And Then There's Love," and the "White Buffalo." He recorded several albums of his original music at Sweet 16 studios with Greg Tauriello, Eric Williams, Danny Rhodes and other great local musicians.
McLain founded, directed and starred in a traveling group of musicians called The Dixie Raider Folk Festival, consisting of over 20 players who played as singles and in groups for festivals in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Ron produced and appeared in many major multiday entertainment events including the annual West End Festival, Lucas County Fair, rodeos, television and radio shows and Toledo's 4th of July event where he furnished entertainment and played for over 150,000 people.
One of the most sought-after musicians in the Verde Valley, PK Gregory does it all both as a solo performer, as the front man of his own band, as a bassist and guitarist in several other bands and as a studio session player.
PK's songwriting style careens wildly around the alt-country and folk genres like Hank Williams on a souped-up Vespa -- rooted in tradition, but with a kind of laissez-faire European eclecticism that is decidedly modern.
In other words, fans of old-time music will find much to like, but this is not an attempt at a purist revival by any stretch.
With elements of folk, western swing, honky-tonk, and blues, and taking on a wide range of subjects from religion and sex to the zombie apocalypse, the songs are the star, delivered in an immediately-compelling baritone reminiscent of Cash and Presley but with a style all its own.
The second annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase is Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 door (Call 928-592-3090). For more information, visit www.oldtowncenter.org.