However, while Maureen McCrink, accompanied by Ray Johnson (acoustic g.) was golden with terrific renditions of George Severini's "Threads" and "Suns Gonna Stand Still" and the classic,' Somewhere Over The Rainbow' and Nashville’s Dan Petraitis was a fine addition with outstanding efforts on 'Bo James" (Dan & Pat a natural ) "A Great Awakening' (big crowd, fave) and 'Life Ain't About A Destination' (Dan's best), this night truly belonged to Pat Guadagno.
From his opening number, “Twilight” (a perfect vocal), right on through "Chase
The Buffalo' (killer tune ), "Michael
Smiths "The Dutchman”
(another gem) and "Sister
Clarissa” (masterful finger pickin’ on acoustic g.), 'Love
Hurts" and “Love &
Mercy” (impressive duets with Maureen), and the crème de la crème
with The Candle Brothers, Nanci Griffith's
'Gulf Coast Highway' (unbelievable harmonies), Tom Waits' "Ole'
55" (magical) and 'Full
Force Gale' (accapella rendition garnered Pat, Frank & Phil the
evenings only Standing O) Pat Guadagno was remarkable.
Whether performing solo, accompanying other artists or with his Candle Brothers, Pat Guadagno was at the top of his game. On this night, in this place, for this cause, Pat Guadagno was brilliant! And brilliance doesn’t come this way very often. And neither does a Pat Guadagno