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 Kenny Poole - "Lounge Act"

November 13, 2002

One of the really nice things about the venue at our Pickin' Parties is that incredibly talented guitar players can sit in a room full of enthusiastic LISTENERS that quietly hang on their every note.  That is nice for both those listeners, AND the artists - as most of them are typically relegated to providing background "noise" to an inconsiderate restaurant crowd somewhere.  In fact, I've been proudly thinking that our "up close and personal" venue is the best listening environment for all our performers for quite awhile now - up until last night.  

Folks, it is simply wonderful to hear Kenny Poole, finger style guitar jazz master, at one of our Pickin' Parties - but, the ultimate is catching him even more up close and personal in the lounge at the Heritage Restaurant in Cincinnati.  It is "his room."

He plays one set that lasts all night long - or, as long as his cigarettes hold out.  Playing one tune after another (and, smoking one cigarette after another) to a very small intimate crowd completely immersed in his talent.  And, takes the non-stop bombardment of requests with the grace of a true gentleman - however, not without a "story" of some sort to preface each tune.  (One in particular was a new fav of mine Bin Bon that Maggie Green sings so well here in Columbus.  His comment with a big smile on his face, as he ripped into that neat Latin beat tune, was,  "Nobody has ever asked me to play this one, Palmer.."  Wonderfully played..  (I still can't wait to get him and Maggie together, sometime...) (Which happened several months after this writing at the Blue Moon in Dayton, OH..)

The evening continues with one story, one joke, another request, wonderful interactive conversation with everybody in the room - and, then another masterfully played tune from hands and fingers that seem to effortlessly glide from one note (and, chord - and, bass line,) to the next - never landing on anything I have ever been able to play.  ---  The evening ends waaaay to soon.

Kenny knows how hard we work up here at keeping the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club focused on our basics of finger pickin' music in the style of Chet, Merle and Jerry Reed.  And, he readily admits to the influence Chet had on him as a young learning guitar player.  As a tribute to Chet and our club, he ended the evening with an almost note-for-note (which is very atypical "Poole") and superb arrangement of "Petite Waltz."   The most astounding feat of all is that he doesn't memorize arrangements - he puts them together on the fly - yet, this last tune came out almost identical as when Chet recorded it.  Guess what?  Chet arranged "on-the-fly" as well....

Oh, to have that much talent....   

Kenny Poole is at the Herritage Restaurant, 7664 Wooster Pike (Rt 50), Cincinnati  (513) 561-9300 - Wednesday and Thursday evenings. (The Herritage went out of business in 2004)

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