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Tuesday, 6 November, 2007 5:59 PM

BJ Thomas Comes to the Lexington Music Theatre

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

BJ blew the top off the Lex on Saturday!

by Sheila Franklin
calicutta@hotmail.com

 

 

We were practically nauseated beyond belief during 1969 with the oversaturation of the song, “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” after Butch Cassidy rode Etta around on that silly bicycle. But when we heard that BJ (short for Billy Joe) Thomas would be appearing on stage in our little burg after all these years we just had to attend.

We had never been to the Lexington Music Theatre and were overcome with its pristine appearance. Our hosts, Joe and Dotty, with the assistance of John, made us feel right at home. Inside the warmth of the charming edifice and under a beautiful chandelier were tableside seats, lots of room behind them, and a balcony.

So where has Thomas been all these years? Mostly touring in gospel circles, but with the latest revivals of such artists as Frankie Valli, maybe he felt somebody would make a Broadway hit based on his story, too. He also had a brief stint during the 70’s making a series of commercials for Coke, Pepsi, and AT&T.

Tonight however, he decided to grace us with his music. Born in Oklahoma, but raised in Texas, Thomas retains that homey twang and down-home attitude. Still in fine voice, the 5 time Grammy winner sang such oldies as “A Bit of Love,” “Eyes of a New York Woman,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” and “Mama,” and turned “Somebody Done Somebody Wrong” into a sing-along. Of course he mentioned that he sings “Raindrops” at least every 20 minutes, but finally gave in towards the end of the concert.

The familiarity of the man with his audience is astounding. Asking for requests, we suspect he would have sung those tunes anyway, but he made those around him feel as if they were in a lounge-type setting rather than a concert stage. There is no pretentiousness here, even when he tossed in a plug for his new Album “Love to Burn.”

Thomas also paid tribute to his favorite artists, singing Hank William’s “Lonesome,” Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” and his interpretation of the Beach Boy’s tune “Don’t Worry Baby.” A spattering of gospel was thrown into the mix. After the concert, the crooner stuck around to sign autographs and chat with the crowd.

If you missed this one, Thomas will be in Jackson, Tennessee on the10th before moving on to Maryland, hooking up with Billy Joe Royal (“Down in the Boondocks,”) in Vermont, New Hampshire, and then to the heartland of America. If travel isn’t in your future but you want to hang at the LMT, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will be making its appearance in there in December.

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

BJ blew the crowd away with Elvis and Beach Boys songs!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

We hope BJ comes again real soon to Michigan!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Lexington Music Theatre Company at night glows with glee for a BJ Thomas show!

 

PHOTO BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©AMERICAJR.com

The interior of the Lex is stately and elegant.

 

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