Friday, October 20, 2017
Side Door Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick, Maine
This was the perfect start to the weekend. I had a wonderful Friday night catching up over dinner with my 2008 Mt. Ararat class president to start planning our ten year reunion next year, and I remembered that my friend Ben’s band, Rough Sawn, was playing around the corner at the UU Church Side Door Coffeehouse. A handful of friends were going, so I joined them at Joshua’s for a quick drink and we made it over just in time for Rough Sawn’s first song. I was impressed. Father and son Nick and Ben Whatley, Seth Gallant, and Steve Frens are a talented bluegrassy quartet. I liked their mix of country standards by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson tunes along with Seth’s lovely original songs. If you like stringed instruments, Rough Sawn will delight on upright bass, guitar, banjo, and mandolin.