May 5, 1999
By MICHAEL BOYLAN
Weekend Editor, taken from The
Fayette Citizen Online
Lightfoot creepin' around PTC's backstair
My father is a Gordon Lightfoot fan. We would listen to his greatest hits when we took Sunday drives in the country, while I was growing up.
His deep voice echoed throughout the car, prompting my father, with his deep voice, to sing along. Gordon Lightfoot is playing this weekend at the Frederick Brown Jr. Ampitheater. The show starts at 8 p.m. There is no opening act.
Lightfoot has had a very long career. By the time he had graduated from high school, Lightfoot had taught himself how to play guitar and had written his first song. He emerged from the Toronto folk club scene in the early 1960s, producing 19 albums along the way. His biggest hits were "Sundown," "If you could read my mind" and "The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
His most recent album, "A Painter Passing Through," is a collection of songs that are very direct and from the heart. He co-produced the album with engineer Bob Dodge.
His music has been described as adult contemporary, but Lightfoot has had hits in almost all musical genres. His folk-tinged rock has soared to the top of mainstream charts, while there is also a taste of country and blues in his songs as well. His passionate words become musical poems.
Anyway you slice it, Gordon Lightfoot has been a mainstay in the music industry for more than 30 years. The list of artists and bands that he has influenced still grows to this day.
There are still tickets available to see Gordon Lightfoot. Lawn seats are available for his Friday night show and there are seats available for Saturday night's performance. Tickets are $21 and there will be no opening act. The show will begin at 8 p.m. and it is acceptable to bring blankets, food or beverages to the ampitheater.
Enjoy the show and say hi to my dad.