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Tennessee Walt to Spend ‘An Afternoon in the Country’ in Central Islip
Amid the new year’s assorted stresses and strains, we could all use an afternoon in the country. And that’s exactly what the Long Island-based country singer will be offering at the Central Islip Public Library on Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m.: a lecture/concert program of classic country music entitled Tennessee Walt’s An Afternoon in the Country.
Among the less-noteworthy casualties of the coronavirus lockdown of 2020 was Walt’s annual new show of classic country music. Walt, who began his career on Long Island in 2016, was scheduled to present an all-new show called Tennessee Walt’s Three Chords and the Truth: Country’s Greatest Songwriters for 2020/2021.
That didn’t happen, in April 2020 or April 2021, and that show has been postponed until 2022. But to get us from now to then, Walt has put together a whole new show, custom-tailored to the world as we’re living it right now.
In his enforced vacation from live audiences, Wren (who noted that he and his family are fully vaccinated and boosted) performed nine online shows, two of which were co-hosted by The Grand Ole Opry. Those shows drew thousands of viewers—and forced him to add roughly 100 songs to his performance repertoire, and he’s drawn on those songs for the new show.
“This one is going to be fun,” Wren promised. “I’ve learned all these new songs, and I didn’t want to perform them once and let them go. So this show is 20-plus classic country songs from the 1940s through the 2000s, most that I performed online but some that I’ve never done before, but all of them ones that I particularly enjoy singing and/or playing. We’ve got a couple of songs by Hank Williams, three by Kris Kristofferson, two by Hank Snow and others by Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Mac Davis, Stoney Edwards, Ferlin Huskey, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Gretchen Peters, Billy Joe Shaver and some surprises as well.
“I think this one really offers something for everyone,” Wren concluded. “And, after all those months stuck at home with nothing to do but practice, I honestly think I’m better at this than I’ve ever been.”
Tennessee Walt’s An Afternoon in the Country will be presented on Sunday, January 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Avenue in Central Islip. Admission is free. For further information, call (631) 692-6820 or visit www.centralisliplibrary.org.