WASHINGTON, D.C. - Our Opening Act this week is The Truck Farmers. The Truck Farmers play Hardcore Hillbilly music, twangy and true. They aim to keep alive the sounds and songs that made country music great. Their repertoire includes classic country songs, as well as original numbers by singer Charles Walston, who started the Vidalias in Atlanta and the Bourbon Dynasty in the DC area.
They performed at Mr. Henry's, a Capitol Hill neighborhood & pub mainstay for over 50 years. The restaurant is named after founder, Henry Yaffe, who bought the establishment in 1966. Two years later Mr. Henry hired a local school teacher to sing in the pub. "She told me that if I could give her work three nights a week, she could quit teaching," Henry recalled. Before long an upstairs performance area was constructed just for her, with oak paneling rescued from the Dodge Hotel before its demolition. This singer, none other than Roberta Flack, would go on to win 4 Grammys for the songs "Killing Me Softly” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
With its unique vibe of locals’ bar/soul nightclub, Henry’s drew a diverse crowd of a demographic mix atypical of the sixties.