Zombies, Civil Rights, and Vikings

By on 3 October, 2012 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Vikings Are Coming!

The Old Alabama Town Revue took the summer off so I could focus on a book I am writing about my friend in Nashville, Randy Rayburn. But this Thursday night marks the return of OAT Revue at the Old Church on Columbus St. in Old Alabama Town. With the election looming, Carole King had this fun idea of singing songs about voting rights history. I thought that sounded interesting, so we worked up a song about women’s suffrage (“Oh Dear what can the matter be / women are wanting to vote!”), the lowering of the voting age to 18 (L.U.V. (“Let us vote” — [yeah I’m serious]), and civil rights (“A Change is Gonna’ Come”). The songs provide a quick romp across American history and expanding voting rights — nothing too heavy.

So the voting theme is timely. However, it is October. While there is no frost on the pumpkin, there are cobwebs in the crepe myrtles, dead leaves on the ground, a yellow moon hanging low in the night clouds and, well, I just had to sing something Halloweenie. So we added a few ballads (“She walks these hills in a long black veil”). Then Tim Henderson rose to the occasion and wrote a new song combining the themes: “Stumping for the Zombie Vote.” We all look forward to Greta Lambert, who always presents something fabulous. It was an eccentric mix, but I knew I was glad to be back and the show would be fun.

But there’s big news: In addition to zombies, civil rights, and suffrage, the Vikings are coming! My good friends and co-writers from Norway have been recording and performing in Nashville and are coming down to Montgomery for the OAT Revue. Singer-songwriters Tore Andersen and Ottar Johansen will be featured guest artists for the October 4 show. Both are popular well-established artists in Norway and have also worked with writers, publishers, and producers in Nashville. Tore and I have written songs that have been recorded in Norway, several earning gold record status. Most recently, Tore’s album, “Right Around the Corner,” won a Norwegian Grammy, and I was proud to have two songs on it. The Old Alabama Town Revue is thrilled to welcome Tore and Ottar.

So, yes, the Vikings are coming, and it is very good news. I hope you’ll come out and have some fun with us, Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. at the Old Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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