Special to the Tribune
Marshall – The Madison County Arts Council is delighted to welcome Eugene Wolf to Marshall on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 pm. Bring your mamas, mamaws or other loved ones for a celebration of family and love.
Wolf performed in his first talent contest at the age of two. His Mamaw had noticed how excited he got when a marching band of pigs came on the TV and sang about Valleydale bacon, sausage and wieners.
“Mamaw said I was hypnotized by the music,” said Wolf. So she taught him to sing the song, “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You,” a popular Ray Price song of the day and entered him in a talent contest at the Capitol Theatre in Greeneville, Tennessee. He won that talent contest. He was on his way!
“The Book of Mamaw” is a one-man musical comedy that tells the story of Wolf and his Mamaw, a Church of Christ grandmother who raised him and noticed his love of music and performing from an early age. Through story, song and sketches, the play is an autobiographical musical journey through self discovery and revelation.
“In the early 60s, I loved Loretta Lynn and Connie Francis. Then the Beatles came along and quickly changed the landscape. But I stuck with my women. Petula Clark, Barbra Streisand and Joni Mitchell. “Mamaw was a devout Christian woman. And these songs reflect the values that she gave to me.” But the show is not merely a series of warm memories. “Mamaw was funny in spite of herself. She’d take me along when she sold Avon and make me get up and sing Loretta Lynn songs. I was an eight-year-old singing about my lying, cheating, drinking husband. But I didn’t care. Mamaw had sanctioned it, so it was alright.”
His show began as a benefit for Barter Theatre in 2008. “I had double bypass heart surgery and Barter kept me on salary until I could heal and return to work. So later that year, I decided to return the favor. And I performed a benefit of a loosely outlined set of stories and songs and made a recording of it called, Clear.”
People responded favorably and he kept adding stories to the show. He performed this version in community centers, theaters and even peoples’ living rooms.
Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased by calling (828) 649-1301 or by visiting www.madisoncountyarts.com