Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene: Overland Express

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - by Bob Payne WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DAVRIK
Bob Payne
Bob Payne

Back in the day, I chased down a few brews at Yesterdays, chased some skirts there, and I loved the great house band, Overland Express. Yesterday’s packed em’ in, and Johnny, Tim, and Denny ran a great venue, loved by many of that era. On March 28, the same band, in the same location, rekindled the magic. Oh sure, the place is called Midtown Music Hall now, but when Overland Express plays there, it is Yesterdays. If they play at Murphy’s Ale House, or The Tin Can as it is now known, then I will say they are playing at The Brass Register. That’s all I have to say about that.

The crowd got to Yesterdays early. Everybody knew everybody. There were a few more gray hairs, and a lot of us were carrying a few extra pounds, but the women present were just as beautiful as they were back in 1979. About 7:30 p.m., the band took the stage for an acoustic set. The four band members present, Rick Williams, Keith Sherman, Randy Clark, and Michael Welch had also aged with grace and style, but played as good as ever, with another 30 years experience piled on. And, better than ever, those wonderful harmonies are still there. Oh, those harmonies. Oh yeah, rising star Matt Stillwell also played that night.

Because they were doing an acoustic set, and because half of Chattanooga showed up, the band was hard to hear. I went up front for a bit and they sounded great. Back at my table, all I could hear was the crowd. Many had not seen each other in years and there was a lot of catching up to do. But, for that night, at Yesterday’s, I was transported by the music to another place and another time. I wish somebody would bring back the entire band for a big show in Chattanooga. How about a crossroads show – Overland Express and Here Come The Mummies at the Pavilion? Pack the house with music lovers from 21 to 91 years old. Mike Dougher, are you reading this column?

Our cruise went well, with good weather and lots of sun. The music on the ship was ok, at best. The water slide rocked. I got some tan, a little burn, and gained but 1 pound.

Riverbend made some announcements over the past week, with Little Richard and Train each being added to the Coke Stage line-up. You can read all about it, view the schedule and more at click here.

Bob’s pick-o-the-week-end is Randy Howard, appearing at the Tremont Tavern on Friday night.

Bob’s pick-o-the-week is Cody McCarver, who is appearing Wednesday at Buds.

Live! In Chattanooga

Thursday, April 9

The Palms At Hamilton – Throttle Bottom

Buds – Channing Wilson

JJ’s Bohemia – The Synthetics, Kalibman

Rhythm & Brews – Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

T-Bones – Ryan Clifford

Friday, April 10

JJ’s Bohemia – Mitch Easter, Jane Starship, Tim Lee 3

Rhythm & Brews – Velcro Pygmies

Blue Orleans Creole Rest on Amnicola – Harper-Monica Jazz Duo

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

Tremont Tavern – Randy Howard

Blues Train Café Dalton - Elijah

T-Bones – Common Ground

Spectaters – The Foundation

Ziggy’s – The Misery Jackals, Honky Tonk Hustlers

Midtown Music Hall – Same As It Ever Was (A Talking Heads Tribute)

Buds – Adrenalin Drop

Dalton Depot – 3rd Chamber

Table 2 – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Blue Orleans Downtown – David Anthony Blues

Club Fathom – Black Lung, Lioplurodon

Saturday, April 11

The Tin Can (Former Brass Register site) – Mike & Rhonda

Charles & Myrtles – Claude Bourbon

JJ’s Bohemia – Old Factory Pickers, New Binkley Brothers, JD & Robert, Girl Haggard

Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Jukebox Junction Theater Live Shows

Blues Train Café Dalton – Buckner Brothers

T-Bones – Chris & Reece (Bud Lightning acoustic show)

The Palms At Hamilton – Johnston Brown

Club Fathom – Thyne, Never Surrender, Enruined, The Well Experience

Riders – Common Ground

Midtown Music Hall – Milquelizard, Circus Effect

Rhythm & Brews – Up With The Joneses, Zan Teddy

Sunday, April 12

Dalton Depot – Deacon Miles

Monday, April 13

Rhythm & Brews – Dinosaur Jr., with Dead Confederate

Market Street Tavern – Old Time Music Jam (Bring your instrument)


Tuesday, April 14

Table 2 – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Blue Orleans Downtown – Roddy Noll Jazz Trio

JJ’s Bohemia – Forest Magic, Royal Bangs


Wednesday, April 15


Market Street Tavern – Live Jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio

Buds – Cody McCarver

The Palms At Hamilton – Johnston Brown

Rhythm & Brews – Framing Hanley & Pop Evil, and Lynam

Las Margaritas Riverview – Priscilla and Little Rickee


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