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3-27-10 Rialto Theater

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NARVEL FELTS IN CONCERT

WITH DOUBLE EDGE

THE RIALTO THEATRE ON MARCH 27, 2010


Narvel on stage
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Read Narvel's April News report which includes this show on News From Narvel


Narvel with Huey P. Long of "Huey's Record Rack". Huey handles Narvel's sales while Narvel signs autographs and talks with his fans at concerts.
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Local Board member Bandy opened the show at the historic Rialto Theatre in downtown Morrilton, Arkansas, and entertained us with his comic routine.  After a brief break, the six-member band Double Edge opened for Narvel Felts. Members consisted of Teddy Robbins, guitar; Judy Webb, vocalist and on keyboard; Dave "Sugar" Ray, steel guitar; Randy Shields, drums; Don Carnel, bass guitar; and lead singer and guitarist, Roy Wadell.

Highlights for me were a sizzling "Sea Cruise", plus "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down", a bluesy "I Can't Stop Loving You", and "Sweet Dreams", all by vocalist Judy Webb. Roy and Judy did a great duet of "Jackson". The entire band performed a great "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On" as an encore.


Double Edge and Narvel began performing together several years ago at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Theatre in Huntington, Tennessee, where Double Edge was the theatre's house band. They're a fine group who now travel from many states (Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and others) to back Narvel.

After an intermission, Lendell Roberts, local Board member of the Rialto, sang "Somewhere In The Middle of Montana" in a fine bass voice.

Narvel opened his performance with one of his Top 10s "Funny How Time Slips Away" followed by his 1973 break-through song, "Drift Away" into the country charts. As Narvel sometimes says, "After 30 records and 17 years in the music business, I became an overnight sensation."

Another Top 10 followed, the classic "Somebody Hold Me" (Until She Passes By), then an unofficial theme song of the early Rockabilly Days "Pink and Black Days", the 1974 hit "When Your Good Love Was Mine" followed by the B side of that single, "Fraulein". Narvel mentioned that his Fraulein's name was Loretta and that on April 30th they will be married 48 years.

He set the scene for us of his first recording session at the historic Sun Records, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, on January 23, 1957 and shared with us that Roy Orbison was there, Jack Clement, Harold Jenkins (who later became Conway Twitty), Johnny Cash and a new piano player (Jerry Lee Lewis) who was yet to have a hit, "but it wouldn't be long," as he and Double Edge tore into "Great Balls of Fire".

In June of 1957 Narvel's early recording of "Kiss-A-Me Baby" was No. 12 in the Top 40 in Flint, Michigan, when he performed there. It was No. 7 when he performed at the Jewel Theatre in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In both places, Narvel confided, he was mobbed and the girls tore his clothes off, which he admitted was quite a thrill for a young fellow who had been picking cotton only the year before!!

We were next treated to "Reconsider Me", the Bill Board and Cash Box Single of the Year in 1975, "My Babe", an early Rockabilly recording, and the 1979 Top 10, "Everlasting Love", which Narvel has sometimes referred to as his "contribution to the Disco Era."

You could have heard a pin drop as Narvel sang "Danny Boy". He first laid his guitar down on stage and explained that he had lost his only son Bub in a car accident September 14, 1995, that Bub had played drums for him and that little did he know that when he and Bub performed together in August of 1995 and did an encore of "Danny Boy" that it would be the last time they would ever get to play together.

Narvel gives each performance and every one of his songs a hundred and ten percent, but when he dedicates a song to Bub as he does in each show he pours his heart into it and is unafraid to show us raw emotion of a father who loved and still misses his son. He had several standing ovations, and this was, of course, one of them.

"Lonely Teardrops" with "the Shooby Doo Ops" followed, the 1963 "Mountain of Love", closing with the beautiful "My Prayer".It was a long show, but over much too quickly.

Huey's Record Rack and Narvel's autograph line were long, as usual, as Narvel always vows, "I'll be here until each of you come through the autograph line," or words to that effect.

The good news is that a DVD recording was made of Narvel's segment of the show as well as a separate DVD for Double Edge's opening segment. Wayne Everett is the producer of the DVDs, and he has two addresses:

1601 SE 7th Terrace
Lees Summit, Missouri 64063,
phone 816-246-0180

as well as

Cypress Creek Park, Post Office
Box 46, Adona, Arkansas
phone number 501-662-4918.

Each DVD is $22 ($20 plus two dollars S&H).

Faye Huffman
Baton Rouge, LA
 

 


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