JP Sketchy Behavior: Letters From Tomorrow 1/23/21

Here is the latest result of my “sketchy behavior,” capturing in ballpoint infamy Letters From Tomorrow as they performed on Saturday, January 23 at Bella Terra Vineyard (formerly Briar Valley Winery) in Bedford. This group features some familiar names from the Bedford music scene – Heidi Showalter on lead vocals, Don Showalter on guitar, Ron Showalter on drums and Artie Burtnett on bass. Together they mixed up a nice variety of acoustic-geared rock, pop, country and blues favorites, with a few surprises thrown in. Letters From Tomorrow kept the audience happy with tunes from Robert Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Miranda Lambert, Stray Cats, Allman Brothers, Pretenders, GoGos, Cranberries, The Knack, The Bangles and more. Some of the highlights and surprises included takes on “Sweet Home Chicago” and Kiss’ “Hard Luck Woman,” Heidi’s soaring voice on the Allmans’ “Soulshine,” Ron singing lead on Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” Artie fronting the group on the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running,” and the big surprise for me – the group pulling out and nailing UFO’s “Doctor, Doctor! Letters From Tomorrow was on the mark both vocally and instrumentally, and kept it fun for the onlookers throughout the show. It didn’t take long for me to break out the ballpoints and enter sketch mode. Good time, and well worth the I-99 roadtrip!

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