Just a reminder that The Young Ages will be playing their final show at the Charles Mack Auditorium in Mooresville, NC at 8pm on Saturday, November 18th. I hope to see you there,
November 17, 2017
For over 43 years, the Double Door Inn was more than an old house on Charlottetowne Avenue. It was recognized as one of the oldest blues music venues in the United States, bringing in musicians of all genres to Charlotte, NC. It was the place that you went to hang out on Friday afternoon, or Saturday night. To meet old friends, and make new ones. What had once been the house built by the Wearn family, one of the prominent families in Charlotte during the early 20th centuries, become the home of the Charlotte music scene, and the place where owner Nick Karres oversaw countless nights of music and memories.
While we cannot bring it back, this show is a homecoming for the many that had the Double Door Inn pass through them, just as much as we passed through it. On the week that the venue would have celebrated its 44th anniversary, we bring together some of the musicians that made the Double Door their home. Lenny Federal Band, Crisis, and Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory. We also will screen Live From The Double Door Inn, the documentary about the venue’s history and final days. We also welcome back Nick Karres and his family, who have been part of our own extended families for many years.
Gather, return, and let the music play on. -Daniel Coston
Double Door Inn 44th Anniversary Show Neighborhood Theatre Dec. 17th, 2017
Starring Lenny Federal Band Randy Franklin & Crisis Woody Mitchell & Loafers Glory
and a screening of Live From The Double Door Inn Admission: $10
Doors at 6pm, documentary at 7pm, Music at 8pm.
We can release this once tickets go on sale. I’ll keep you posted on that.
Ed Truman: Seeing my sister who was six years older play in folk groups got me thinking about learning an instrument, but when the Beatles came out and my mother one day ask if id like to play I said yes, buy me a set of drums mom, and it was on from there.
Coston: Describe the music scene in Fayetteville, and at your school.
Truman: Just about every neighborhood had an abundance of bands. Seems like everybody i knew was forming a band and playing if nowhere else, in their garages. We probably had at least six or seven good bands at the High School i went to, and it wasn’t a very big school.
Coston: How did the Marke 5 come together?
Truman: I came about joining the Marke 5 just by word of mouth going around. I was asked to join and help form this band.
Coston: What songs were in the Marke 5’s set? What were your favorite gigs to play?
Truman: I can’t remember all our songs but we did do several Rolling Stones songs, Under My Thumb, The Last Time. We had a driving sound and thats what won us the battle of the bands my sophmore year.
Coston: Talk about the single “Pay”, and recording that single. Where did you record it, and what do you remember about that session?
Truman: Our mentor band recorded a song so we wanted to record a 45 ourselves, we got together at practice one night and it was a group effort and we produced two songs. My mother who was very supportive put up three hundred dollars and we went to Raleigh, NC and recorded the songs at Jimmy Capps studio under the label JCP.
Coston: When did the Marke 5 break up, and why?
Truman: we played for probably a little over a year but two of the members were seniors, and they graduated and went on to the army and other jobs, so it just came to an end like the way it started, just happened.
Coston: I understand that you played with a latter [post-Liar Liar] version of the Castaways. Tell me about that.
Truman: It really wasn’t a Castaways remake band. The guitar player and lead singer on the song “Liar Liar”, named Bob Laroy Folschow, was drafted and finishing up his military obligation when me and a bass player hooked up with him near the end of my senior year. We became the house band at a bar called the Longbranch Saloon, and later house band at a bar called The Red Garter. There we met an english chap who was in Fayetteville putting together one of the first shows and the recently built Cumberland County Arena. The show was Iron Butterfly and they had the big hit “In-a-gadda-devita” going on at that time. We were ask to open for that show and it was a big thrill.
After graduation we became the house band at the first after hours club in Fayetteville, they only served set ups and technically did not sell alcohol so they could stay open all night if they wanted, we played there about a year and then went on the road playing holiday inns and other clubs and motels all up and down the east coast, usually playing about two weeks per gig. We did that for about two years and had a falling out with Bob Laroy Folschow and we broke up.
Coston: Tell me about The Symbols, who were your rivals at High School. And what other bands were around the area during that time?
Truman: The Symbols were one of our biggest idols, they were really a great band. Forty-five years later we merged members of the Symbols and the Marke Five and played a reunion gig that went over really great. Had big time fun playing with them.
Coston: Who else did you play with, after the Marke 5?
Truman: I’ve played with so many people and groups its hard to remember.
Coston: Do you still play today?
Truman: I still play today with a big band orchestra out of lumberton nc and also record, over 130 songs so far recorded and seven CDs out on the internet, with a partner in music named Paul Reichle.
Coston: What comes to mind, when you think about that time in your llfe?
Truman: it was so fun and exciting back then, we would play for some pretty large crowds sometimes and it felt like we were the Beatles or the Stones, great memories.
The Mannish Boys are back at the Evening Muse on Saturday, August 5th, as part of this year's Crisis Assistance Ministry benefit, paying tribute this year to the Allman Brothers. Check out more info here-