Seeing George Hamilton IV last night was an amazing experience. He played alongside a great local band from here, including east coast fiddle champion Aaron Solomon, who can really saw. George still has a superb singing voice and stage manner, with his warm personality making you feel right at home – not to mention he has a great sense of humor. Hearing about his childhood days in Winston-Salem, NC listening to his grandfather’s advice and tuning into the “Grand Ole Uproar,” was genuine magic. George played everything from his first hit, to the well-known “Abilene.” His career indeed has already spanned the range from pop star to country-folk icon, to renowned gospel singer. Listening to him playing gospel classics such as George Beverley Shea’s “The Wonder of It All,” or the enduring “Life’s Railway to Heaven,” was also absolutely transfixing.
I got a chance to ask him some questions after the show in a short interview and will be posting that up here in a few days.
Definitely an interesting contrast to new guys like Colt Ford who I’ll be interviewing shortly. Makes you think, although I don’t want to dig at Colt about whether he’s country or not, because that’s already been overdone in the media. I have some more unique questions to ask him. Stay posted.