paul clark and the lonesome drifters 2004-2005

Paul Clark and The Lonesome Drifters

Honky Tonk

Paul Clark and the Lonesome drifters were a Honky Tonk band that I played with for 2 years. Paul was an amazing front man with an incredible voice for this type of music. We played every other Thursday at the cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Paul played acoustic guitar and sang, Bob Chew played steel guitar and sang amazing high lonesome harmonies, Bill Richardson was on fiddle and vocals, Ken Convery on drums, Larry Houghton on upright bass, and Casey on Electric guitar and mandolin. This was one of the most fun bands that I have ever had the opportunity to play with. We had a faithful group of folks who came out and danced every other week. So much fun! Who knew country music could actually be fun:>)

I found this old write up in the Roanoke times: 

"Blacksburg honky tonk turns 1 year old today, or rather the particular incarnation that is Paul Clark and the Lonesome Drifters does. One of the off-shoots of the extremely popular F-150, the Lonesome Drifters are staying away from their old setlist and still packing the house. And perhaps more importantly, they are still donning the snappy shirts and cowboy hats that Clark long ago claimed as his look. Plus ... " Your Top 10, a list of the most popular

The Guys surprised me and held Lari-Gras instead of Mardi-Gras at the Cellar. They apparently handed out these photos to the 50+ people in the audience and then all held them up together. Very odd and flattering.

The Guys surprised me and held Lari-Gras instead of Mardi-Gras at the Cellar. They apparently handed out these photos to the 50+ people in the audience and then all held them up together. Very odd and flattering.

Paul Clark and the Lonesome drifters

Random recordings at practice

Paul Clark and the Lonesome Drifters

These are just a bunch of recordings from practices. Some of these songs are recordings of the first time we ever attempted to play the song. They are pretty rough recordings, but still great in many ways.

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Steppin' Out 

By Hart Fowler 
THE ROANOKE TIMES 
981-3349 
  

Aug 2, 2005 
  

True Sound 

Its been 25 years since Blacksburg began closing off the downtown and inviting folks to step out into the streets to hear the sounds of live music and taste the local cuisine. Coupled with its usual lineup of traveling bands, this year's Steppin Out is showcasing six local acts that have dominated the New River Valley music scene for nearly two decades. 

"Part of what I try to do, and would like to do, is to equally present international talent and regional or local talent," said music coordinator Dylan Locke. "Steppin' Out offers a unique platform for some of these local performers to tap into a group of people who may not otherwise get to see them. Once they get that chance, hopefully a connection is made." 

Two of these local bands are headlining each day. True Sound, the newest addition, will close the festivities Friday and the Yams from Outer Space, the longest running Steppin Out act, closes the event Saturday. 

Eat Middle Eastern fare at the new Kabob House 

Hangout at the She-Sha Cafe and Hookah Lounge 

Read about the violent act that ended one festival and helped give birth to Steppin' Out. 

The info 

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

Where: On College Avenue, Draper Road, Jackson Street and Main Street in downtown Blacksburg 

Features: Continuous live music on several stages, more than 150 craft vendors and festival food. Children's activities (including inflatable fun) on Henderson Lawn on Saturday. 

Admission: Free. Downtown parking and bus service on Blacksburg Transit is also free of charge. 

Call: 951-0454 

Net: dlpconcerts.com 

FRIDAY 

Paul Clark and the Lonesome Drifters 

Paul Clark is playing his fifth Steppin' Out, and he brings his company of cowboy hats and classic country sounds to the main stage for a boot-scootin' rockabilly ball. 

When: 5 p.m. Friday 

Who: Paul Clark (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Bob Shew (steel guitar and vocals), Bill Richardson (fiddle and vocals), Larry Houghton (upright bass), Ken Convery (drums), and Casey Elder (lead guitar and mandolin). 

Style: "We sound like the country music of the early '50s -- Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills -- and we also play some traditional old-time fiddle tunes, and some western swing," Clark said. "We're really at heart a honky tonk dance band. Two step, flat-footing , swing dance; we get a lot of dancers." 

On Steppin' Out: "I think its a special gig. People can came out and see us who normally can't because we usually play late at night and in bars," Clark said. "This is a family environment and we like playing it for that reason." 

Play it again: Drift over to the Cellar to catch Clark and his boys twang it out all night, beginning at 9:30 Friday night.

PAUL CLARK AND THE LONESOME DRIFTER song list  

A BOY NAMED SUE 

A SATISFIED MIND 

ACT NATURALLY 

ASHES OF LOVE 

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS 

BIG CITY 

BIG RIVER 

BUMMING AROUND 

CALIFORNIA BLUES 

CORINNA, CORINNA 

COTTON EYED JOE 

COTTON FIELDS 

DIGGY-LIGGY-LO 

DIXIE 

DO WHAT YOU DO DO 

DON’T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN 

FAMILY TRADITION 

FOLSOM PRISON BLUES 

HALF AS MUCH 

HONKY-TONK MAN 

HONKY TONK BLUES 

I DON’T THINK HANK DONE IT THIS WAY 

I NEED YOU 

I SAW THE LIGHT 

I’LL GO DOWN SWINGIN’ 

I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY 

I’M TIRED OF IT ALL 

ICO, ICO 

IF YOU GOT THE MONEY 

IN THE PINES 

JACK DANIELS IF YOU 

JAMBALAYA ON THE BAYOU 

JOLE BLON 

JUST ONE MORE 

KAW-LIGA 

LITTLE SISTER 

LONESOME, ONRY & MEAN 

LOVE’S GONNA LIVE HERE 

MOANIN’ THE BLUES 

MY BUCKET’S GOT A HOLE 

OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE 

OLD JOE CLARK 

ONLY SHOULDER A TRUCK 

PAL OF MINE 

PRIDE 

RAMBLIN’ MAN 

SALLY GOODIN’ 

SLOWLY 

SUGARFOOT RAG 

SWEET DREAMS 

TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA 

TENESSEE WALTZ 

THERE’S A TEAR IN MY BEER 

TONIGHT THE BOTTLE 

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LOVE 

WAYMORE’S BLUES 

WHISKEY BENT & HELL 

WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN 

WINDOW SHOPPING 

WISHFUL THINKIN’ 

Y’ALL COME 

YOU DONE ME WRONG 

YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME BY MY NAME 

YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART 

YOUR TENDER LOVING CARE