Americans love to sing.
We sing around campfires, in our places of worship and at the seventh inning stretch. We sing our children to sleep and to celebrate birthdays and holidays. We sing while we work, when we’re happy or when we have the blues.
For a brief time, decades before Karaoke, we enjoyed the experience of going out, eating pizza and singing the good old songs with a room full of strangers of all ages and having fun – together.
Shakey’s opened on the West coast, Your Father’s Mustache on the East with Red Garters, Village Inns and countless similar operations in between. At home we “sang along with Mitch” and tuned in to join the fun going on at “Mickey Finn’s” in San Diego.
For thousands of musicians the pizza parlors not only provided steady work, but an amazing training ground, the likes of which doesn’t exist today. You learned a gazillion tunes, developed “chops” galore and honed your skills at being funny and entertaining a crowd.
With this album, Ray and Rob lovingly tip their hats to those great years of pianos, banjos and good old songs. So, invite some friends over, order some pizza and let’s sing. You’ll never have better backing than Ray Templin and Rob Wright, and if you insert this disc into your computer, all the lyrics are in a file ready to print and pass around. Have fun!