The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1987 · 56
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The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania · 56

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Saturday, September 5, 1987
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A56 THE MORNING CALL, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER J, MT I ENTERTAINMENT! LOVETT Continued From Page A52 The humor turns outrageous on "An Acceptable Level of Fantasy," which includes dollops of jazz, blues and gospel as well as country. "It's about my cousin Martha's wedding reception, a great party ... in the grand style of the Old South." (The song's chacterizations also function as an oblique look at the region's social order.) "It was a very lavish kind of thing. Her Martha's father was an undertaker. I remember I made myself a platter and ' was sitting there eating and my dad told me, 'Be careful about what you eat, there's no telling how he paid for this.'" Perhaps his most accomplished song, "This Old Porch," written with college classmate Robert Keen, is a miniature that could have come from the pen : . of another Texan, novelist Larry McMur-try. "Robert and I used to sit out on his front porch and play the guitar ... It was our world and we tried to document it." Lovett's country roots run deep. He is a fourth generation Texan the town of Klein is named for his great-grandfather . on his mother's side, Adam Klein. "He was part of a group of German immigrants" who settled the area in the 1840s, Lovett said. "He used to make the mail runs into Houston and people would come to his house to pick up their mail, so they started calling the community Klein." During the time Lovett was growing up, Klein, which is 25 miles outside of Houston, was in transition. The town began losing its rural character and became more suburban. "It was different from living in the city in that it was somewhat isolated ... not having houses next to you," Lovett said. "But as I kid I remember going into Houston once or twice a week." Though the Lovett family "still has a few cows" on his great-grandfather's farm, both of his parents worked for Exxon, his father in marketing and his moth-' er in employee relations. The music that he heard when he was growing up also was in transition. "At first, I liked rock 'n' roll. I listened to the Beatles when I was in grade school. Later I started listening to Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and George Jones. I haven't changed much. My heroes today are the people I liked when I was growing up." Lovett's parents bought him his first guitar when he was 8. He attended parochial school and sang in the Lutheran school's choir. When be was in the ninth grade, he joined a country band made up of Future Fanners of America club members. "All the qualifications I needed was to have one guitar," Lovett said. By the time he was 17, he was taking his guitar playing seriously, and that helped determine his college major. When he enrolled at Texas A&M he chose journalism. "I always enjoyed writing, and I had already begun playing in clubs, so I picked a major I knew I could survive and get a degree in." Lovett's assignment for the school newspaper: "My regular beat was city council, but they threw me some music features, too." Lovett was involved with the student union, helping to bring in performers to the 38,000-student Bryan-College Station campus. Lovett regularly performed at the campus coffeehouse, in off-campus clubs and in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio showcases. Lovett graduated in 1980 with a journalism degree, and after a semester off, he decided to return for a degree in German, which he got in 1981. "It the German degree was an after-thought actually," Lovett said. "School was a good environment; it stopped me from getting a job that would take over my life." In 1983, friends he made on the club circuit put in a good word for him and he soon had bookings in New Mexico and later New York City. He even wrote a song for and appeared in the CBS television movie, "Bill On His Own." Because of "Bill," "I had to affiliate with ASCAP. It was my introduction to how the business end of things worked. ASCAP gave me a place to go when I went to Nashville. It was helpful getting my stuff to publishers." Lyle Lovett and The OUanes perform at 4 and 7 p.m. today at the Hersheypark Amphitheatre. For information, call 717-534-3911. CHICAGO Continued From Page A52 Chicago did have to replace Cetera. The auditions went slowly Richard Page of Mr. Mister reportedly turned down an offer until Michael Ostin, a vice president of Warner Bros. Records, Chicago's label, remembered a tape he had heard of a young songwriter. The songs were good, but equally impressive was 25-year-old Jason Scheff s lineage he's, the son of former Elvis Presley bassist Jery Scheff. With the younger Scheff in the fold, Lamm dreided it was time for Chicago to do something it hadn't done in years just get together and jam. And to do that, he sent a letter to each of the other band members: singer-keyboardist-guitarist Bill Champlin; trumpeter Lee Loughnane; reeds player Walt Parazaider, trombonist James Pankow, and drummer Danny Ser-aphine. . And the group convened within two weeks, showing Lamm that "everybody felt the same need." Chicago played songs it hadn't played in years, getting back to the jazzier orientation of its early albums, improvising and "just having a great time," according to the keyboardist. The songs for "XVin" began forming during those loose jam sessions, then producer David Foster suggested actually rearranging an old song for the new record. After fooling around with "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is," the group stumbled onto "25 or 6 to 4," the long, rocking number marked by the late Terry Kath's wah-wah guitar solo. "James Pankow came in with a sketch of what was supposed to be a new song," Lamm said. "We started singing the melody of 25 or 6 to 4' against it, and we knew we had found our song." Chicago didn't think it had found the first single for the album, but Warner Bros. did. An advertising campaign saluting the group for having the courage to remake one of its best-known and probably its most enduring songs only proved embarrassing when the song stiffed. "I don't think it was a mistake to include it on the album," Lamm said. "What was a mistake was releasing it as the first single. It was a bit of a setback." However, Chicago had a Top 20 single with "If She Would Have Been Faithful" and album sales have gone beyond 500,000. The current tour with former Silver Bullet Band guitarist Dawayne Bailey on board is only helping sell more copies, though Lamm said that one benefit of being together 20 years is learning not to panic over sales figures. " 'Chicago XVTT happened the same way," he said. "It took a year before it started to take off, and then it became a huge seller. We've learned how to be patient about these things; we just keep playing, that's all." Chicago will perforin at 8 p.m. today at the Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allen-town Fair, 17th and Chew streets, Allen-town. Tickets are available at Ticketron, the usual area ticket outlets and are expected to be available at the gate. The concert is presented by Makoul Productions. Celebrate the grape at Breinigsville winery Visitors will be able to Celebrate the Grape tomorrow and Monday at Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, on Old Route 222 in Breinigsville. The festival, from noon to 6 p.m., will be held rain or shine. There will be vineyard and winery tours and grape stomping for those who'd like to have a squishy experience. Artists on hand for the event will create wine gifts including stenciled wine bags, watercolor drawings, pottery wine coasters and carafes, vine baskets. Meanwhile, Danny the Singing Trouba- CORRECTION Lafayette College Theater will hold open auditions for its first two productions at 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The days were listed incorrectly in yesterday's A.M. Magazine. Auditions will be held in the Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts auditorium. "Endgame," a drama by Samuel Beckett, will be presented Oct. 28-29, and again Nov. 6-7. Mel Mrochinski, Lafayette's director of theater, will direct. "Endgame" requires a cast of three men and one woman. Those auditioning for "Endgame" will be asked to take part in improvisation and should also come prepared to read from the play. "Canterbury Tales," a baroque rock musical based on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, will be performed Oct. 30-31, and again Nov. 4-5. The production will be directed by Suzanne Westfall, assistant professor of English. A cast of 10 men and 10 women will be .. needed for "Canterbury Tales." Applicants should come prepared to perform a song and should bring their own music. Contemporary music is preferred. Auditioners will also be asked to read from the "Canterbury Tales" script, learn a song from the show, and dance. For information, call 250-5326. dor and Clancy the Clown and his helper Cocomo will provide entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children (ages 7 to 12). For an additional $2 fee, participants can attend a food demonstration, "Cooking With Wine," that will be conducted by Rita Stanton and Gretel Ruppert of The Cooking Company. Winery owners John and Pat Skrip will lead a Connoisseur Wine Tasting for a $4 fee which will include the wines, a souvenir glass and hors d'oeuvre. 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