It’s getting hard to tell country music from rock and roll. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as Due South proved on Tuesday at Ginty Field for the final show of the Morris Township summer concert series.
The band belted out songs from Johnny Cash to Lady Antebellum, on a set list that made room for Patsy Cline, Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, the Eagles, Marshal Tucker, Van Morrison, Linda Ronstadt and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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Bass player Karyn Michaels of Union Beach said she caught the country bug during a two-year stint in Raleigh, N.C.
“It suits my voice,” she said. “I can’t scream rock and roll, though ‘new country’ is more rock anyway, pushing the envelope of country.”
Rounding out Due South are guitarist John Bennett of Hillsborough, Kevin Hoban of Cliffwood Beach and Gregg Aleo of Hillsborough.
Whatever label you give it, the music was unmistakable to Max Feldman, who was drawn to Ginty Field by the sound.
“I heard country and I had to check it out,” said Max, a recent Morristown High School graduate who enjoyed the show with Mark and Allison Ehrenkranz.
Max, whose brave battle with cancer inspired the Class of ’11, said friends tease him about his love of country music, a taste he suspects might have something to do with his other passion, horses.
Max is pleased to report that his recovery is progressing well, so well that he has been able to spend some time this summer at Seaton Hackney Stables. In the fall, he will head to Hocking College in Ohio to study to become a farrier.
All the best to Max, and thanks to the Morris Township park rec department for another fun summer series.