The McIntosh House will be the home of the blues tonight as Joel Ramsey and Clay Paschal perform for the second installment of the Music at the Mack acoustic series.
The venue is located at the corner of Mulberry and Henrietta Streets, next to the NYA Hall.
Ramsey, who is a guitarist and singer, and Paschal, who plays bass, will play blues, classic country, and originals in the intimate venue.
There will be a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. preceding the show, which is from 7-9 p.m. in the dining room. Light refreshments will be available and people can bring their own beverages. Alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Ramsey and Paschal have known each other for 10 years, and are both members of the Simpletones.
“We met on bandmix.com. It’s like a dating site, except it’s for people looking for bandmates. He came to Marietta from Indiana and didn’t know anybody. And he was on a site that nobody ever looked at,” Ramsey said.
The chance meeting turned into a long musical friendship.
Ramsey and Paschal are breaking from the full band lineup to play as a duo.
“We’ve played maybe five times in the past 10 years like this, on the occasions that come up when its not appropriate for the whole band,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey and Paschal don’t really have a name for their occasional duo act.
“We usually just go by Joel and Clay. Or you could call us the Simpletones Light, I guess,” Ramsey joked.
Ramsey said he plans to play a Gibson electric guitar through an amplifier with no effects. Paschal will perform on the upright bass.
They are looking
forward to performing in a listening-room environment.
“I always like playing in situations like that where it’s an intimate atmosphere. It’s kind of like having our friends over and playing in the living room,” Ramsey said.
As a guitarist, Ramsey is an avid fan of the blues. He said he is most influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“I listened to him for a long time until I finally wore myself out on it,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey has been playing in various bands for the past 30 years. He said he’s excited that events are being held at the McIntosh House.
“I like that we’ve got something like that. In small towns, you don’t see things like this that often. In bigger cities, you can go out and find things like this. But in a small town, it’s a rare thing to have an intimate setting like this where you can go and listen for free and there are free snacks,” he said.
This edition of Music at the Mack is sponsored by Ravenswood Inn Bed and Breakfast, owners Steve and Sabrina Cogar.