This is just a quick follow-up post to the last one about still ANOTHER fabulous party associated with the News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot. This one was Monday night at Smoky Mountain Brewery in Turkey Creek. The purpose of this party was to get the pairings for the Wednesday Pro-Am tournament which was sponsored by Ruby Tuesday.
Turns out the entertainer for the evening was an off the charts piano-playing rocker named Jason D. Williams. He’s been around here for many years and is usually in the company of Lucy and Ray Hand, of Eagle Distributing, as he was Monday night. He is the spitting image — at least in performance — of Jerry Lee Lewis. I mean he tears it up! He plays sitting down, standing up, kneeling — and standing on the keys themselves. And he plays with his hands, feet, rear end — and other body parts! (Yep! What you are thinking!)
“I’ve been playing since I was three,” he told the crowd. “And I’ll be playing until I’m 103!” After about an hour of non-stop break-neck honky tonk, he announced, “I’m gonna slow it down now.” But he didn’t. He launched into “Caledonia” played like a runaway train! “Y’all ain’t seen nothing yet!” he teased. “If y’all was acting right, I’d REALLy play the piano!”
Thanks to the News Sentinel and other tournament sponsors for another amazing night! The serious part of the tournament starts Thursday. If you don’t have tickets, click here to go to the tourney website where they are available for just $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass. See you there!