Mueller returned this year to debut his new show featuring the music of Roger Miller. His backup band consists of Mark Starr on the fiddle, guitar and background vocals, Ed Maxwell on bass and keys and Jerry Angel on drums.
Mary Ann Pawlik introduced the band as they took their places at their instruments, decked out in period dress. Mueller leaped to stage center and began a trip down Memory Lane. The authentic sound of the music, complete with Maxwell slapping the stand-up bass and Starr sawing away at the fiddle, took the audience back to another era.
Mueller introduced each melody with a short spiel, sometimes poignant, often humorous, which enriched the enjoyment of the song. Those in attendance looked forward to hearing their favorite, remembered hits, and were not disappointed.
The show wended its way through the years of Roger Miller’s career until it reached a crescendo with “King of the Road,” which earned the performers a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd.
There were many misty eyes in the audience when Mueller dedicated the next song, “Old Friends,” to his friend, Kim Pawlik, who passed away in 2009. Then, he brought down the house with the all-time favorite Miller song: “My Uncle Used To Love Me, But She Died.”
“King of the Road” brought big smiles to the faces of old Miller fans and introduced a new generation to the music of a talented singer/songwriter. The musicians seemed to be enjoying the performance as well. Thanks to John Mueller and his band, the time/space continuum was breached for a while and pleasant memories spilled out.