Ron Pope dazzles on a chilly Thursday night in Dallas at Granada Theater with special guest Caroline Spence. Like a meeting of old friends, Pope brought the crowd up to speed on all that’s changed in the past 2 years since becoming a dad.
Caroline Spence was a delightful treat to this billing. Previously unfamiliar with her work, her wit and charm easily won the crowd over. She spoke kindly of Ron in their touring adventures together, dedicated a song to their tour bus driver, Fred, and was elated to tell us about her new thrifted blouse she scored down the street from the venue.
“I’m just a middle aged millennial that wants to shop at Talbots in the late 80s and 90s.” ~ Caroline Spence
Spence’s elegant delivery made us grasp onto each word of her set. With a little help from Pope’s band member Zakkary Garner, the mandolin cover of Jimmy Eat World’s ‘The Middle‘ was a fun surprise and fantastic rendition of an early 2000s classic.
Under a backdrop of a glistening full moon, Pope and his distinguished band shared stories and tales of lives passed and hopes for the future.
His first tour since becoming a father, we had a lot to catch up on. We learned that since becoming a dad, somehow a ladder is always necessary around the house, white Reebox sneakers to mow the lawn are the norm, and fatherhood is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
“I’m like Nancy Reagan with a much more awesome haircut. Learn from my recklessness, don’t do drugs kids.” ~ Ron Pope
Among Pope’s hour and a half set, he sang ‘Come to California‘, ‘One Shot of Whiskey‘, ‘My Wildest Dreams‘, ‘Our Song‘, his biggest hit, ‘A Drop In The Ocean‘, and even a few covers. The acoustic cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ was a crowd favorite but few are brave enough to cover Sir Elton John. Pope and his band’s rendition of ‘Tiny Dancer’ was flawless.
The only thing missing from Ron Pope’s set was a warm fire crackling in the corner. Grab the makings of s’mores and keep the stories coming Ron, we’re here to stay.