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Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

REO was my favorite band in High School. Cheese and all. I remember they had a habit of leaving out the "g" in words like Turning and Burning. The lead singer Kevin Cronin had this strong Midwestern accent and I remember his introductions between songs at the concerts as much as I do the music.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 10/20/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

I forgot to mention that I do agree with you on the left out ladies of country...

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Posted by Daniel Kopera on 10/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

"The current trend of countrifying...". I kind of think that's my point. It's inauthentic boomer product. Borrowing songs isn't new. The Acuff-era Opry functioned like an Academy for a time, but country's been harvesting songs since A.P. Carter went roaming the hills and hollers looking for hand-me-down hits. But my point's more about the inclusion of a retooled "soft hit of the 70's" in the absence of other female artists in a jukebox format. Your last point's spot on though. They do sing the hell out of it and make it work.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 10/19/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Let GCT's Honky Tonk Angels Sing for You

Being a child of the 80s, it's amazing that I was unfamiliar with REO Speedwagon's Time for Me to Fly. I didn't even know that it was a thing until I read this review. After reading, I went to Spotify and gave it a listen. IMHO, it makes a much better upbeat country song than it does an 80s rock ballad. Plus, it fits into the somewhat current trend of countrifying old rock songs. I think it works in the context of this show and these girls sell the hell out of it.

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Posted by Daniel Kopera on 10/19/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

I think TM decided to mount it on the Lohrey stage, fully aware that it's really Next Stage material, because of the perceived set requirements. If my understanding's correct, it's a remarkable sacrifice/gift on TM's part.

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Posted by Gordon Ginsberg on 10/18/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Lipstick Smear: Let Theatre Memphis' "Stage Kiss" slip you some tongue

Very good take on this play. I did wonder why this wasn't done in the little theatre.

Posted by Billy Pullen on 10/18/2017 at 9:27 PM

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