WALKER -- The Old South Jamboree got the Labor Day weekend off to a swingin’ start.
Performing in front of a near packed-out room, the Old South Band along with other performers delighted the audience with an array of old country tunes during the “Country Labor Day Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 2.
The Old South Band — made up of Carlton Jones (guitar), Randy Blackwell (pedal steel), Robert Reynolds (drums), Eddie Warren (bass) and Larry and Maxine Whitfield (backup vocalist) — played nearly 30 songs during the two-hour set. Guest performers included Deb Carpenter, June Barker, Tommy Raborn, Anita LeBlanc, Ed Kinchen and Nan Gautreau.
Jones kicked off the show with a surprise song to his wife, Sharon Jones, in honor of their 49th wedding anniversary they celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 31.
But during the song, Carlton Jones didn’t simply let his wife listen from her customary spot near the entrance — he brought her in front of the room as he sang Vince Gill’s “Look at Us.”
“He never tells me these things because he knows I’d go sit in the car,” Sharon Jones said with a laugh.
The scheduled show began after Carlton Jones’ unannounced tribute to his wife, with a numbers of performers taking their turn at centerstage. At one point, the Old South Band recognized Maxine Whitfield and “her sidekick” Larry Whitfield before their performances of “Just Another Woman in Love” and “You Belong to Me.”
Carlton Jones said there’s a “special show” in store for the next concert on Saturday, Oct. 7. The show is being dubbed “Old South Legends” and will feature voices from the past, such as Adren Raborn, Buck Grantham and James Weatherford — not to mention “a few surprises.”
Doors for the show will open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children younger than 6. The show will begin at 7 p.m.