After Ben Kilgore finished his set at the Mustache Bash on Wednesday night, a women in the crowd asked me who had just performed.
(I get this question a lot because of how my jeans fit and because I’m holding a camera at every concert ever.)
When I answered with the name Ben Kilgore, the new fan paused and said, “As soon as I heard his voice, I had to sit down and listen.”
I’m sure this had everything to do with the Tulsa-based singer’s commanding voice.
But I was most surprised by Kilgore’s thoughtfulness.
I approached him about performing a quick song in the Spy Wagon, and it seemed like his world stopped for a minute.
He got quiet, as if the songs he knew were battling for position in his head and heart.
I’m glad he picked Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine.”
Not only was it a highlight of his set, but also Kanye West/Jay-Z’s track “Otis” is fresh in my mind.
Oddly enough, you can hear one of Kanye’s earliest songs playing in the background near the end of this song.
No matter who’s covering Redding, you’re in for a treat.