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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Thursday To-Do: Jody Evans

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2007 at 4:04 PM

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8:30 p.m., Windsong Performing Arts Center. $35

Some enterprising sort ought to option Jody Evans’ life story. It might be the stuff of a biopic, albeit an offbeat one. Here’s the pitch: As a child in Prairie Bayou, Ark., Evans wore glasses and suits and ties to school to emulate Clark Kent. But after seeing Buddy Holly (or at least Marshall Crenshaw as Buddy Holly) in “La Bamba,” he kept the suits and the glasses, but redirected his focus on playing music like Holly. Soon he started entering talent shows whenever he could. He managed to place third in one for the Arkansas Association of Blacks in Energy — a young white kid with a pompadour doing Buddy Holly songs for a predominantly black audience. Another brought him in contact with the brass at Sun Studios, who asked him to make a record. Without any original material and a limited window in which to record, he had to come up with six songs in just five days. Those sessions didn’t catapult him into fame — or even get released — but they did get passed around within the industry. When Dale Hawkins heard them, he said Evans was the best songwriter he’d ever heard. Through an Arkansas connection, Dwight Yoakam heard Evans’ “Sittin’ Pretty” and decided to record it. Then, in 2005, Evans’ had his brightest moment in the spotlight, when he placed third on the “Nashville Star” reality TV show. Through the promises and pitfalls of music, Evans has alternated between Nashville and the Arkadelphia police force. Still slightly pompadoured, bespectacled and apt to wear a suit and tie, Evans is sure to mix his rockabilly rave-ups with Buddy Holly classics for the home-state crowd.

UPDATE: Totally slipped my mind that the Times Roland Gladden plays bass with Evans. So look for him.

After the jump we've got video provided by Gladden, too.

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