Vocalist to sing at Concordia Bank

Published 8:47 am Friday, April 6, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at a table full of musicians, old musicians, and really enjoying the conversation.

Most of the talk centered around favorite musicians. The names James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson all got their share of tossing around, along with stories of concerts and jam sessions.

Somebody mentioned Patsy Cline and heads nodded all around until one of the guys piped up and said he never really cared for her music.

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The table went silent. To a man, they all looked over at the guy like he was from Pluto. I’m not sure he’ll ever be welcome at the table again, and if he is it’ll be a cold reception.

Nobody doesn’t like Patsy Cline, and that’s what makes the next Concordia Parish Library concert so special.

Kim DeWitt, an extraordinary vocal talent from North Louisiana, will be performing some of Patsy’s all-time favorites at the Concordia Bank Lobby April 12 at 7 p.m.

Kim has been singing since she was very young, even taking voice lessons from a prominent vocal instructor as a mere child. Her celebrity status has taken her to restaurants, theaters and clubs all across Louisiana, including numerous performances as the star of Always, Patsy Cline, a show I’m sure many of you have seen right here in Natchez. Ms. DeWitt is a native of Monroe, La., and is the director of nursing of the Wound Care Department of Corner Stone Hospital of West Monroe.

She will be accompanied by none other than Rod Allen Payne, a name that has become familiar and popular with music lovers in the Miss-Lou. Rod has played piano for more than 30 years.

He has a command of so many types of music that we wonder if there’s anything he can’t play. Besides being an excellent performer, Mr. Payne has also written a large number of theme songs and jingles (hey, somebody has to write them). Asked if it’s time to slow down his schedule, his answer is, “No, there’s so much more to learn and enjoy with music.” You’ll also see him in other Louisiana spotlights accompanying talented vocalists like Lisa McCalmon and Adam Jones.

Join us for another fine evening of great music, brought to you absolutely free by the Concordia Parish Library. Don’t forget, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Concordia Bank Lobby.

That is, unless you don’t happen to like Patsy Cline’s music. If that’s the case, I think you’d better keep it to yourself.

Sam Jones is a Vidalia resident.