This week brings a newcomer to Acoustic on the Green—Cal Everett.
From his early days with the responsible-sounding 4 out of 5 Doctors to later endeavors with Zip and Onestop, Everett has made sure to spread his talents over many groups and many years. Beach Boy enthusiasts are likely familiar with his work in the tribute group Still Surfin’, which plays venues across the Mid-Atlantic. Still others know him from Bandhouse gigs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Leesburg Today recently caught up with this evergreen musician—below, find his take on a variety of topics.
Describe your sound/influences.
I am a student and practitioner of pop music. I love anyone who has a great melody, regardless of genre. I've never particularly followed any band; I am always drawn to a great song. Suppose I'm no different than anyone else of my generation—I grew up through the 60s and loved all music associated with that time, and, as I've said, I just really love a good pop song.
What's your connection to Loudoun/the area?
Moved to Countryside in 1985, shortly after the demise of 4 out of 5 Doctors. I was working with my wife at a small international trading company in the Dulles corridor. I loved it out here—raised my three kids here, put them through the ever-growing school system—two of my kids went to three different elementary schools! I also worked for a brief but wonderful period of time at WAGE Radio in Leesburg as their weekend evening DJ, spinning oldies and occasionally hosting the Baltimore Orioles games.
What's one thing you want the audience to know before they come to the show?
I've NEVER played a solo show in my life. I've always preferred the comfort of the relative anonymity of playing in a band, or with a group of other musicians. Weird, huh? I'll be totally working without a net, so to speak. But, on the plus side, this sort of show is one I've always wanted to do because it allows me the freedom to play a variety of songs that I've written that were not particularly suited to any band that I was in. So, I may be making it up as I go along. The audience should be prepared for a stream-of-consciousness performance!
What's the last live show you saw?
Naked Blue at AOTG—loved it.
You've rocked through the last three decades—which was the best for music and why?
I can't make that definitive statement. Every era, every decade, hundreds of artists, have all done things that I just love, or am influenced by. But by default, I'd say the music of the late 50s and on into the 60s were the most formative for me, and for music in general. Look at all the stuff that’s been done recently that just harkens back to those years.
Everett takes to Leesburg’s Town Green at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14.
As always, admission is free and blankets, lawn chairs and alcohol-free picnics are welcome and encouraged.
Leesburg Today will also be back Saturday, asking concert-goers about their summer activities. Be sure to look for us to have your comments featured in print and online.
Admission to all AOTG shows is free—for more information, including the remainder of this season’s line up, visit www.acousticonthegreen.com.