Good evening, and Happy 2018! I apologise for not blogging on here in a while, but at this time, I would like to salute the Garage, a club that was located at 110 West Seventh Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that has just closed its doors after 17 years in business.
From 2007 through 2012, I had the pleasure of playing at the open mic nights at the Garage. It was held on Wednesday nights, and my friend, fellow singer-songwriter Country Dan Collins, hosted the event. During my time as one of the performers, I met (and reconnected) with a lot of other great musicians like Matt Weiser, Patrick Ferguson, Drew Hofmann, and bass guitar extraordinare Johnny “Hootie” Hoots. I also heard a lot of great music by local acts like Mitchell Snow (who has since moved to Toronto), the Feral Souls (whose drummer, Karrie Sheehan, went on to join Patrick’s group, Vel Indica), and Matt’s band, GoRyanGo. My favourite part of the open mic night was when the bands went on to perform after the solo acts on the bill had played, and Drew’s band, White Light, was (and still is) one of my favourite bands because of their incredible three-part harmony and the awesome songwriting of guitarists Tim Webb and Phillip “Peacetrain” Peace.
The Garage is one of several places where I have enjoyed playing during these past 14 years of participating in open mic nights, and it was one of my favourite places in Winston-Salem to play because when once I approached the stage there, I felt at home. For this reason, I will miss the Garage. The Winston-Salem music scene will not be the same without this club, but the memories that I made there will forever be treasurable.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to extend thanks to Richard Emmett for founding the Garage and to Tucker Tharpe for continuing to operate it until the very end. God bless everyone associated with this legendary club.