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August 7, 2013

38 Special comes out firing Tuesday at Artpark


In addition to their hits they threw in some excellent cover songs, “Live for the Music,” originally recorded by Bad Company, “ Just Got Paid” a ZZ Top song and “Travelin’ Band” a Creedence Clearwater Revival song. I took note that they covered two songs by bands performing in this year’s series.

The best cover of the night was “Good Times” a song originally done by the Easybeats, and later remade by INXS for the soundtrack of “The Lost Boys.” Unless you are from Australia, you may not have heard of The Easybeats, but the song is so good it really didn’t matter if you knew it beforehand.

As far as cover songs go, I’m not sure 38 Special could have chosen a song that suits them better.

Visually, the show was excellent as well. They had a simple banner with the band’s logo behind them, and just the right amount of fog. It also featured guitar and drum solos that weren’t overblown or drawn out.

The crowd was one of the best behaved I have seen in a long time. 38 Special’s pop friendly southern rock sound draws many pretty women, and they danced enthusiastically all night.

What really made the show work was Barnes and his great vocals. He sounded confident and it was clear he was having a great time onstage. His voice has not lost a bit over the years, that was especially noticeable on my favorite 38 Special song “Hold On Loosely.”

In many ways, I am surprised this show didn’t sell out. I’m not sure you can get a better value for $5 or $10.

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