Emily Krug Cooley singing on the porch! Listen to that beautiful voice!
Posted by Big Walker Lookout on Saturday, May 5, 2018
With the spring of 2018 finally in full swing weatherwise, I’m most happy and pleased that my wife is back on the local music scene, this time with material all her own. Making her debut on May 5th at Big Walker Lookout, she stirred the few souls that heard her perform despite the rain. The foul weather did nothing to diminish her powerful voice, which belted out 90 minutes worth of songs that covered a variety of female pioneer music in the genres of jazz, soul, and blues. Leading off with the Bryan Adams composition, “Back Where You Started,” which earned a Grammy for Tina Turner in 1986, she paid homage to early blues heroes such as Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith with songs that have already come to be familiar to people who’ve enjoyed hearing my wife sing on a regular basis.
There were plenty of other great tunes from such blues queens as Bonnie Raitt, rock and roll pioneer Ruth Brown, and the queen of soul Aretha Franklin. She also wowed audiences with numbers originated by the English soul of Dusty Springfield and the Beatles as well as country crossover legends such as Patsy Cline.
This new group of songs will constitute the makeup of her second CD release, Miss Emily Sings the Blues, which should be completed soon. When she makes her first appearance at the Bolling Wilson Hotel, which was the location for her first CD, on May 19th, more definite plans will be noted.
Our dear friend, Ron Kime, who hasn’t been in the greatest of health in the last few months, was seeing looking sharp and smiling with pride as he watched Emily sing. The Kime family has been very dear and kind to us for many years, and we were so pleased and blessed to be able to promote our own careers at this beautiful establishment. While Emily sang, I promoted my only novel, Face Value. My wife and I will make two more joint appearances together at Big Walker Lookout selling our respective products on Saturday, July 28th and Saturday, August 4th. Emily will also be appearing at the Bolling Wilson Hotel for a second time on Saturday, June 9th. We would like to thank my good friend Tyler Hash, the hotel’s new talent coordinator, for getting Emily back on stage at this treasured local attraction.
We hope this is just the beginning of many appearances from a voice that is too talented not to be heard throughout this community. I think anyone else who hears her sing can say that I’m not partial when I speak of my wife’s fantastic voice. I invite you to come and listen to her whenever you can and can guarantee that you will be moved in a way that cannot be described with words. You can also hear Emily on Memorial Day at the Wytheville celebration in Withers Park on May 27th, the 4th birthday of our daughter Bella.