Ray Harris (L.) and Rob Smith*

On Saturday I went out for dinner to Amanda’s Slip in Kemptville This was my birthday dinner with my girlfriends.

I love Amanda’s Slip. The food is great and on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, there is live music. The music is ALWAYS great.
Since there was a wedding in town and Kemptville is sucha small town, the usual crowd was absent. Really, aside from the three of us, there were two or three couples out on dates and two 50-something-going-on-20 women out on the town in the place. That meant that the band was essentially playing to us, which was great. The “band” was Harris and Smith, local guys named Ray Harris and Rob Smith.
During the break between sets, Rob and Ray came and sat with us. In talking, I discovered that Ray lived just on the other end of the crescent we lived on for about 30 years! He was also married on the day after my birthday last year . Small world.
I was also surprised to realize, well into the second set, that I actually knew Ray. He and I had been in contact a couple of years ago because we share an addiction to Coronation Street. Again, small world.

Anyhow, Ray and Rob have a great stage presence and are consumate showmen. The music was sort of a mix of classic country ballads by a variety of musicians – Tom Russell (whom I hadn’t previously heard of but am now a big fan), John Prine, Warren Zevon, Gram Parsons**, amongst others. I am now a big fan and will be making every effort to get out to more of their dates.

Apart from their work as a duo, Ray and Rob are members of The Sun Bleached Skulls.

* Photo swiped from the Sun Bleached Skulls site
**Gram Parsons died of a drug overdose on September 19. 1973 (another coincidence, since that is my birthday). The events surrounding his death and the fate of his remains has spawned a number of songs, including Tom Russell’s “Joshua Tree” and the film “Grand Theft Parsons”. His manager Phil Kaufman, who claimed he was acting on Gram’s wishes, absconded from Los Angeles airport with Gram’s remains and took them out to Joshua Tree and burned them.

1 Comment

  1. MJ said,

    September 30, 2005 at 4:37 am

    So you’re a Canadian Corrie addict. Join other addicts at our Canadian Coronation Street blog called “Corrie Canuck” and we’ll enable you…

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