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Phil’s Concert Series: Handsome and Gretyl House Show

Last night I got to do something that I never thought I would ever be able to do; I hosted a house concert. If I’m being completely honest, today I still don’t know that I believe that it actually happened. I know that it did because I have photos, videos, and a refrigerator full of leftover snacks. I admitted in my last post to being a little intimidated and terrified as the event approached; and even though I was nervously pacing back and forth and hour before the band arrived, those feelings were quickly put to rest once the R.V. pulled up just after 6 and Brett and Scott stepped out and introduced themselves. We unloaded their gear and let them setup and discussed the logistics of how the night would go. After setup, it was time to meet the rest of the family and have dinner. At this point I got meet Gretyl, Janice, and two of the cutest little kids ever. I am not exaggerating in saying that they some of the most incredible, nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and have dinner with. For dinner I pulled out my secret weapon for making it hard on them to not vote us as best house show from their tour. My mom made her famous homemade chicken pot pie. I’ll go ahead and say it here that I have the best mom ever. I could’ve sat at the table with them all night talking, but I would’ve missed out hearing some of the best live music I’ve ever heard.

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The clock reached 7 and it was the moment of truth; I didn’t have to wait long as a good sized crowd of really good friends started arriving with plenty of delicious food in hand. From 7 to 8 we had a wonderful time of fellowship and food. I enjoyed standing back and watching all of the interaction including Brett (Handsome) & Gretyl making their way around the room and showing a genuine interest in getting to know their crowd for the evening. I was blown away by the support of friends. Many had never heard of Handsome & Gretyl prior to me starting to try to put this together, but that didn’t stop them from showing up, and I’m humbled and thankful for everyone that was able to as it was such a blessing to share the experience.

At 8, it was time to gather and for them to take the “stage.” From the first notes of “Avalanche,” we all knew we were in for a good show. I remember thinking multiple times throughout the show that I couldn’t believe that Handsome and Gretyl were not only playing a show in Oklahoma but that it was a show that I helped organize. One of my favorite things about the show was the banter that they had. I suppose it helps that they are married, but they had one of the best stage presences of any band I’ve seen. The stories, the interaction with each other and the crowd, and even Brett’s Nirvana joke that I have to admit went over my head were all brilliant. Out of all the many highlights of the night, my personal favorite was them performing their song “After All.” This was the first song of theirs that I had ever heard and it quickly became a favorite and made me look for more of their stuff and ultimately to me trying to host them in concert. The fact that they would make sure that it was on the set list just for me last night was truly a special moment and might be my favorite concert experience ever.

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They played for a solid hour and they clearly poured themselves into each and every song. There were a couple that I was hoping to hear that they didn’t play, but that is going to be true at any concert you to which you go. Considering the fact that they were driving through the night to get to Nashville for their next gig at 2 the next afternoon, it was awesome of them to hang out and talk a bit more after the show. I snatched a set list and had them sign it as a souvenir of the experience. I was thrilled to see that others in attendance supported them by buying up CDs and vinyl on the way out. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than last night. If it was my only time to do this, it certainly was worth everything that went into it. I really hope that there are more to come down the road. Most of all I hope that I get to cross paths with Brett, Gretyl, Scott, and Janice more in the future.

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Special thanks to Gary Alverson for letting us use his house and to everyone who came that truly helped make the night a success. I’m blown away by the entire experience.

For those of you reading who were there, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

4 Responses to “Phil’s Concert Series: Handsome and Gretyl House Show”

  1. Dara Gilliam says:

    They were very friendly and Gretyl made an effort to remember my name because she cared that much to make a connection and be friends. I will promote them and follow them from hear on. It was truly lovely to hear their heart and their stories. The atmosphere as they talked and played was just full of peace and joy. As they said, they are “peppy, hopeful people” just like their songs and I think that came out and those are the kinda people I want to follow and the type of songs I want to listen to. Thank you Phil for making the connection so the show could be possible! It was great.

    • philip says:

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing that, Dara! I’m glad you had a great time and got something out of the experience. They truly are genuine people and I’m happy that we’ve gotten this opportunity to know them. I really hope they are able to come back again so that Michael can have the experience too. Thanks again for your comment!

  2. I had, of course, known about them through you, but it was such a great, relaxed show where we did really feel like we got to know them. I thought I’d like to do a living room worship tour sometime. 🙂 Thanks for putting it all together! It was wonderful.
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