CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Who would have thought that within hours of having my heart broken in double overtime by a successful two-point conversion, that there would be joy in my life so soon afterward.
Thank you Rob Carlson and the Benefit Street Band for making me crackle with laughter, forgetting my sorrows over a one-point loss by West Virginia University to Texas Christian University.
Carlson and two of the three other band members performed Saturday at the Clay Center Walker Theater as part of the Woody Hawley singer/songwriter series.
Think about it. How many concerts have you gone to where the encore is a song about all the side effects of various medications and the audience is encouraged to sing along on the one-word chorus "diarrhea." And they did!
Carlson is a singer/songwriter with a wicked wit that he uses to parody smug folk singers and pop icons.
He claimed not be able to mimic celebrities for too long -- "My John Wayne imitation becomes the late Howard Cosell. I can't stay with it."
He did sound a lot like Elvis in his opening song "It's Good to be King" -- with "good looks and a million bucks..."
And then there's -- it must be a love/hate relationship with Bob Dylan. For many years, he did parodies of Dylan for American Comedy Network. And he performed one Saturday, "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall," only in this version the blue-eyed son overdoses on Viagra.