Who are we kidding? The St. James’s Church Parish Picnic, for which we are proud to be the house band now for 8 years, was held on the birthday of guitarist/singer/songwriter Russell Lawson. Can’t say as we blame him for claiming it was his party. Notice in our photo (thanks, Larry!) that Bill is playing his upright!
We return as the house band for the St. James’s picnic on September 17 (hey, isn’t that Russ’s birthday?) down near the river in the usual spot. Pray for clear weather. Here’s what we looked like last year. Ain’t much, but the music is grand. This time, bass man Billy Hardy plays the upright! Man, we are making progress!!
For the fifth year, we have been invited to play for the quick and the dead at Hollywood Cemetery. The Friends of Hollywood Cemetery Picnic is May 7 and we start at 1:00 p.m. and will go to about 3:30 p.m., with another vocal group standing in between our two sets. Free and kid friendly! Y’all come!
It is a real honor for Oak Lane to be included among the 20+ bands playing to benefit the Fisher House at the Hunter McGuire Veterans Center. The event is at the Glen Allen Cultural Center and we’re on at 12:40 on the Cafe Stage. All details are here: http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com/
Oak Lane will be first on the bill at the Party On The Avenues held by the
Westhampton Merchants Association on October 2, at Libbie and Grove Avenues. We start at noon. Band will consist of Tim, Russell, Andy and Massie. Come see us!
It was a beautiful (somewhat chilly) Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks back at Historic St. John’s Church on the corner of East Broad and 24th Streets in Richmond’s most historic district. We had a great time and Ian Currie, who ran sound for us that day, took this nice shot of us on the west side of the church.
Oak Lane is heading over the hill…well, up the hill, actually, Church Hill. We will play at the St. John’s Church Foundation picnic on October 18, that’s a Sunday. The gathering is in the afternoon (after church, naturally) and we expect a good crowd of supporters for this fine institution. Maybe we’ll see you there.
We were privileged to play for the 45th Anniversary celebration of Elk Hill Farm, in Goochland County, where educators and counselors help young people face overwhelming challenges, from early trauma and adversity to serious mental and behavioral health needs. Good people, good work.
Here’s a performance from the Hollywood Cemetery Friends picnic earlier this month with Andy Smith leading us through Hank William’s “Hey Good Looking”. Let us know in the comments if you like his version.