Last Sunday I drove to Fayetteville to attend the Smokey & the Mirror Album Fundraiser Concert. Smokey & the Mirror is the new musical project of Bryan and Bernice Hembree.
I first heard Bryan and Bernice when they came with the band 3 Penny Acre to my hometown here in Mena, Arkansas and gave a concert at The Ouachita Little Theater. I went to the concert because my friend Richie Owens was opening for them and I was curious about the band because Bernice Hembree grew up here in Mena. I was blown away by how talented they were. Since then I have tried to attend as many of their concerts as I can, traveling as far as Oklahoma City and Shreveport to see them.
Smokey & the Mirror is in the studio this week working on their debut album. At Sunday night's concert they played several new songs that I hadn't heard before that are going to be on the new album. My favorite song of the evening was a new song, the first song that Bernice has ever written 100% herself. It was also the first time I have heard her play the piano. Take a minute and listen for yourself.
I had a great time at the concert and took lots of photos. Here are some of my favorites.
Keyboardist extraordinaire Daniel Walker sat in with Smokey & the Mirror. He is recording with them this week as they lay down tracks for the new album.
John Elliot opened the show. He is a very witty songwriter and and I really enjoyed his set. His music just leaves you with a smile.
John joined the band for a few numbers and the chemistry was great. It is great to be at a concert where the performers are having such a good time.
As the concert came to an end, former band-mate Bayard Blain joined Smokey & the Mirror on stage. It was good to see them perform together.
I don't know when I have enjoyed a concert more. If you every have a chance to see Smokey & the Mirror in concert I would highly recommend it.
Here is some video of the concert.