At the time of recording, this was still something of a developing story, as the ripples from a fairly large event snafu were still rippling outwards.
The press stories from Lexington Kentucky can tell the story better than a middle-aged music press writer from Sydney can. But put simply, there was a Luke Bryan concert at the Talon Winery and Vineyards in October 2015 that probably needed a better risk management plan. To say the least.
Risk: half or more of the audience stay stuck in traffic at the time the concert starts, throughout the concert, after the concert, and as late as 4am the next morning.
Severity: parody songs are written in the event’s honour.
And so it transpired.
Cut forward a few days later and the parody song that Melissa Deaton-Johnathon wrote in her head in the car and then committed to Youtube posterity was starting to go viral.
In stepped Lex-18 again, and the face and voice that launched several dozen Woodsongs Old Time Music Hour episodes was moving up to the majors.
Video and story from Lex-18: http://www.lex18.com/Clip/11920177/luke-bryan-fan-writes-parody
Very early one morning in Sydney, and later in the day only it was yesterday the day before in Lexington Kentucky (paging Dr Who to the TARDIS, Dr Who) Melissa spoke with Bill Quinn about the whole shooting match:
Coming soon to the text above: links to the original stories on Lex-18 and other media sources, but for now, here’s Melissa’s original Youtubeage:
Be sure to catch both Melissa Deaton-Johnathon and her media conglomerate husband Michael Johnathon for Woodsongs Old Time Music Hour on Monday nights at 8pm ET in the USA, streamed live on www.folk-book.org for members, and syndicated around the world on eleventy bazillion radio stations and television devices.
Back editions of the show in MP4 and audio formats are available at www.woodsongs.com
And it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t give a tip of the wide-brimmed hat to the merry muse of this piece of Kentucky folklore, Mr Luke Bryan. May he ascend Phoenix-like from the ashes of this particular night, and may the whole experience just give a little boost to his rising star. We love it when that happens! It’s the folk (and country) process at work.
Reporting for Overheard Productions, this is Mahriggs Tuckihn-Traphuckk.
15:36 AEDT Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
23:36 ET Lexington, Kentucky, Australia