The cover song can be a pivotal move for bands these days.
A tribute to the great Roy Orbison will be taking the stage Friday night at Liquid Smoke.
Though included in most sets in some form by artists, the cover song can exhibit a new take on someone else’s work in a tasteful way. And given that most people adore familiarity, covers can be the money shot for local music groups who are trying to make the mighty dollar of just love to play for music’s sake.
This Friday night, the Square will play host to two brilliant acts with the Stones River Pilots at Bluesboro and a tribute to Roy Orbison at Liquid Smoke.
The Pilots have been a household name of sorts in the past few months, as they have played Friday Night Live and the Boro Blues Fest this summer and will be playing the Christmas tree lighting in early December.
The show will mark the band's fourth appearance at Bluesboro and the group is aiming to please on this occasion.
“We’ve been working on our show. We’ve completely redone our set list and are working on trying to become more of a party band,” drummer Norris Hall said.
The group enjoys its time, friendships and playing experiences, which is one of the main things you can ask for in a cover band.
“We’re rocking up the set with some up-tempo songs,” Hall noted.
The group’s current makeup is Alan Daigre, Melvin Cunningham, Rodney Wright, Charlie Davidson and Hall.
If you’re looking to attend the show, Hall indicated the value you will receive in attending a SRP production.
“We do a $10 show for $5,” he jokingly said.
The show begins at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover.
At the same time the Pilots are in mid-set, a tribute to the great Roy Orbison will be kicking off across the street at Liquid Smoke.
According to the event’s Facebook page, Casey Strength, Brandon Harris, Tyler Coppage, Daniel Gay and Jonathon Gower will be performing classic Orbison tunes.
Gower also fronts a cover band called The Japanese Cowboys who specialize in classic rock and '80s covers.
Fittingly, Gower has a knack for covering songs from Warren Zevon, David Bowie and Elton John so Orbison classics like “Crying,” “Only the Lonely” or an occasional Traveling Wilburys tune shouldn’t be a stretch for him.
The show will be one not too miss as well and begins at 9 p.m. at Liquid Smoke.