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Penn's Peak

Monday, August 2, 2010
Guitarist Paul Barrere of Little Feat sings on stage at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

There have been some changes with Little Feat since the band's last appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in December, 2008.

For one, the band has gone from a seven-piece to a six member unit, as it parted ways with female vocalist Shaun Murphy last year.

Also, drummer and original founding member Richie Hayward has been battling with liver cancer and has been replaced on the road by former drum technician Gabe Ford, the nephew of blues guitarist Robben Ford.

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Randy Bachman (left) and C.F. "Fred" Turner brought their reunion tour to Penn's Peak Thursday night for an evening filled with Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits plus some new songs.

As the Penn's Peak crowd waited for Randy Bachman and C.F. "Fred" Turner to take the stage Thursday night, a video played on the screens showing two huge tractor-trailers colliding, with one marked "Bachman" and the other "Turner".

That kind of power-packed wallop is just the kind of impact the Bachman and Turner reunion produced once they came onstage and began their hit-filled trip down memory lane.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The next week-and-a-half are going to be busy ones at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Five concerts are scheduled between tonight and Aug. 6.

Tonight, Bachman and Turner will be in concert starting at 8 p.m.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner originally were part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their hits include "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Tomorrow, the venue will be rockin' when Skid Row and Firehouse team up for a twin-bill.

Little Feat will be at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

The schedule for Penn's Peak is as follows:

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

Little Feat has long been a traveler on what its members refer to as "The Proud Highway".

The band that was home to the late Lowell George has proven to be a true road warrior, bringing its uniquely American mix of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, swamp boogie and country to a loyal following.

Little Feat has made Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a frequent stop on its annual concert tours, and it returns there on Saturday night for the first time since December, 2008.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.

It was an exuberant Peter Frampton who took to the Penn's Peak stage Tuesday night.

Wearing a black Martin Guitars T-shirt and jeans, Frampton was loose and comfortable, perpetually with a smile as he served up a dose of the best he has to offer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sammy Kershaw sings country music like "back when country was country" at Penn's Peak.

Sammy Kershaw made his first appearance on the Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe on Friday night, to the delight of a house full of fans.

He appeared out of a hazy fog, as if stepping from a Louisiana bayou, of which this Kaplan, Louisiana boy knows something about.

He also knows something about making hit songs and started the evening with a Cajun kick singing his 2000 hit "Louisiana Hot Sauce," followed by "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Anywhere But Here" and "Yard Sale."

He told the crowd that he loves country music.

Monday, July 26, 2010
Bachman and Turner will perform on Thursday at Penn's Peak.

Not long ago, C.F. "Fred" Turner thought he was retired from the music business.

It was then that Turner received a call from Randy Bachman, with whom he teamed up for a string of guitar driven hard rock hits in the 1970's as part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

That has resulted in an unexpected return for Turner, who is now back together with his former cohort for a new lease on the rock life as Bachman and Turner. The reunited partners are currently on tour, including a visit to Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Monday, July 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton, shown here in a previous Penn's Peak performance, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Tuesday, July 27.

In looking back to his past, Peter Frampton has moved his music forward.

For his latest album, Thank You Mr. Churchill, the man responsible for one of the top-selling live albums of all time offers some personal reflections on his life, as well as other topics.

Between the recording of 2006's Fingerprints, for which he won a Grammy Award in 2007 for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and the release of Mr. Churchill, Frampton had to come to terms with the death of his parents.

Friday, July 23, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Old Crow Medicine Show performs on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The six-member band attracted a good crowd. Most in the audience were on their feet for the entire concert, which lasted over two hours.

The Old Crow Medicine Show made their first appearance at Penn's Peak last night and brought with them a musical elixir which worked wonders.

Most of the audience members stood for the performance, clapping, stomping their feet, singing, and even dancing.

While their music was obviously bluegrass, there was enough blues, folk, and Americana injected into the selections that the appeal to the band is widespread.

"It sounds bluegrass but it's more than that," said Kasey Dunmyer of Lancaster. "They're unique. They're terrific entertainers."