Rick Reiley at Lou's
Never Missed a Festival (He Thinks)
Rick Reiley [Sidenote: The third performer in our Woodyfest 2018 series is Cushing native Rick Reiley.] has never missed the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. At least, he doesn’t think so. He kicked off the afternoon proceedings at Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern with Heartache Train, [Sidenote: Beloved Lou’s owner Lula Ann “Lou” Johnson was a long-time festival supporter. She died in 2016.] his first attempt at writing a country tune some forty-five years ago. A longtime unofficial festival venue, Lou’s has featured festival performers and hosted open-mic sessions since the festival’s inception. [Sidenote: Lou’s continues to host their weekly “Tuesday Tunes” at 7:00 P.M., featuring a rotating cast of local and touring musicians. Since it’s at the same time as Tuesday Night Music Club, you’ll have to make a choice. Either way you’ll miss some great music.] This it their first year as an official Woodyfest stage.
This train may be filled with sorrow, but it’s gonna be bound for glory some day.
Reiley is a member of Dustbowl Brothers. He co-founded and hosts Tuesday Night Music Club in Cushing with Gene Collier at the home of D’Jeanne Duncan. The gathering is an opporunity for musicians and songwriters to audition new (or old) material before their peers.
We don’t talk politics. We don’t come to do anything other than enjoy each person’s contribution to the whole. It’s a potluck affair. From beginners to old pros anyone is welcome. As Gene and I said from the outset, The gathering is in its ninth year.
If it gets to the point where we have to make rules and enforce them, we’ll call it a day and all go home.
Reiley has released two albums to date, Unwashed, Unplugged, Unrehearsed and Mud and Bone. This year was Reiley’s fourth time to perform at Woodyfest.