Written By | Walter Lytz
Tennessee natives Joey Fletcher and Old Union rocked and we’re gonna tell you all about it.
Slide guitar legend elect Joey Fletcher opened the show. Hailing from just down the street in Murfreesboro, TN, he was joined onstage by Heather Moulder on keys, Jonathan Beam on bass and Jake Winebrenner on drums. Also moonlighting was Dean Mitchell of Marcus King Band fame sitting in on saxophone. Joey’s affable charm is infectious. Check out Joey’s song Chicken Wing on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean. Go ahead and do that now, we’ll be here when you get back. And we’ll be here tomorrow while that tune is on repeat in your head.
The High Watt brims as Old Union prepares to go onstage. Being there, you get a strong sense that the people here know each other… well. They go way back and probably haven’t seen one another in awhile. Purses and coats are piled on top of the PA subwoofer like backpacks at the playground after school. New friends are introduced to the ol’ crew and yesteryear’s hookups blithely pretend to not notice each other from across the room. Booties are resonating as they temporarily contain the urge to shake. Beer is flowing like the salmon of Capistrano.
Old Union is everything you hoped and more. It’s good foot stomping southern rock for sure. But that’s just the tip. Add tasty slide guitar riffs, gritty vocals, driving drum beats and electric piano and the daily grind is instantly forgotten. Then the harmonized guitar melodies cut through the air as though through some wrinkle in heavy metal history Duane Allman and Dickey Betts formed Iron Maiden instead. You nod your head approvingly and mosey back to the bar for another drink.