Lake of the Torches Casino - Lac du Flambeau, WI on August 19, 1999
When I arrived at the Casino/Hotel and checked in, I also checked to see what time sound check would be and, within one hour, I was sitting and listening to Marty rehearse. I am allowed this privilege as Co-President (and founder) of the fan club. I chatted with Marty briefly after sound check and he went to eat. Then I ran into two members (Margie Brodmerkle and Ellie Viscione) and we had supper together and chatted about Fan Fair. (I had to miss the Fan Club Party this year as I was working six mornings per week feeding animals.)
Finally showtime! Marty walked on stage and sang "High On A Mountain Top," then "The Whiskey Ain't Workin.' " When he had the audience sing along, he quipped, "I sure hope ya'll gamble better than you sing!" He then talked about his early influences and his ex-father-in-law (the one and only Johnny Cash!) and sang "Blue Train" with Gary playing a solo part on the steel guitar. Wow! That boy can make the steel ring.
The fourth song was "Tempted," followed by "Dark As A Dungeon" where Marty plays mandolin. It's a shame he doesn't practice more! Ha ha. MAN can he make that puppy talk. And, he makes it look so easy! Right! Number 6 was "Burn Me Down." Well, he started it anyway. Then he stops and introduced his band. Amazingly enough, they were ALL (including Marty) from Wisconsin! (Of course, next time I see him, they'll all be from Minnesota!) He actually finished "Burn Me Down" to a lot of screaming and yelling.
Number 7 was "Sometimes The Pleasure's Worth The Pain" and talked a bit about The Pilgrim CD. Number 8, Marty introduced as a honky tonk song -- "Ain't it Pat?" Then sang "Red, Red Wine and Cheatin' Songs." After the applause died down, he talked about living where he could always hear a train and wanting to be a hobo when he grew up. He even told his mama he was going to be a hobo. (I can imagine Hilda's response to that one!) When he sang "Hobo's Prayer," no one made a sound!
Number 10 was the instrumental duel between Marty and Brad as they played "Soldier's Joy." (Double WOW!). He finished the show with "Hillbilly Rock." Because of the Casino's rules, he was not able to do an encore, to everyone's disappointment. At least we (Margie, Ellie and me) had the meet and greet and another show to look forward to.
The second show line up was......
After the final meet and greet, I went on the bus with him for about five minutes. He showed me a draft of his book and I'm telling everyone, it'll be GREAT when it's printed. Be sure to buy it.
Review by Pat Katz, St. Croix Falls, WI
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