| Hendersonville Times-News
If you are one of those lucky in love, you probably have that special song the two of you get all hot and bothered when you hear it. If you aren’t so lucky, love songs are just reminders that on Valentine’s Day, you’ll be going home alone.
Either way, this Valentine’s Day the platonic duo of Jamie Gorsuch and Karen Corn – The Last Full Measure – will be singing both love songs and anti-love songs at Oklawaha Brewing Co. Sunday from 4-6 p.m.
For the first hour, lovers can gaze into each other’s eyes and hold sweaty hands as they hear such songs as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Pressley. For the second hour, the unattached can enjoy their dinner-for-one and solitude with songs such as “Alone,” an original by the duo.
“It was Jamie’s idea. 100 percent,” said Karen, who is single and “ready to mingle once we get through COVID. But I really liked the idea and looked forward to working on some new songs in addition to songs we already have been doing that fall in the love/anti-love vein. I like the challenge of preparing for a special show like this.”
“We have lots of friends who are in relationships and are friends who are single, so we’re well aware of all the different attitudes people have about Valentine’s Day,” said Jamie, who has been happily married to his wife, Molly, for seven years. “We thought it would be fun to give a nod to both sides. Some people love Valentine’s Day, some people hate it, some just think it’s a corporate creation, so we thought it would be fun to play with that for this show.”
The Last Full Measure is a fairly new musical collaboration, having debuted in February 2020 – just in time to quarantine for three months after only one show. Prior to joining forces, Jamie had been a soloist, and Karen had been with the band Further to Fly.
“After a year of playing solo, I was ready to move more into a group dynamic. There’s something much richer in the experience of playing with harmony and working with other people to make music than just singing along with your own guitar,” she said.
“I am excited for this new project with Jamie and look forward to collaborating for years to come!” she said. Both have non-musical day jobs and consider their music to be “our stress relief and creative outlet to get away from the stresses of the 9 to 5,” she added.
As a duo, the Measure leans toward music that “reminds (us) of home and celebrates the mountains of WNC,” one of them said. “That’s about the only prerequisite for our songs. We pull from folk, country, blues, rock and even some pop music to go along with our originals. We like our show to have something that everyone who comes can enjoy regardless of what they usually listen to.”
“Many of the original songs that I have written, including several that we use in our set, have been written throughout my relationship with my wife since we started dating in 2008,” Jamie confided. “I really enjoy revisiting these and getting a sense of both how that relationship has progressed through the years and how my writing has changed over time.
“In our set, including this show, will be examples including Then She Smiles, I’m Still Choosing You, and a new original that will debut at this show, My Mountaintop.”
So what can the loved and lovelorn expect at Oklawaha?
“We will feature original songs in both sets on Sunday. There are currently six originals in our planned setlist,” they said. “One of the fun things about this new group is we have been experimenting with new styles and writing projects to find different sounds and topics that will keep things interesting and add variety to the show.
“A couple of our favorites are our blues-style originals that will feature in the anti-love song set, ‘Alone’ and ‘Devil On My Shoulder.’
“We just want the audience to have a good time, to enjoy the day whether it’s with their spouse, date, dog, friend, or just a beer. The idea of this show is that there isn’t one right or wrong way to observe this holiday, and to have some fun with all the preconceptions and pressures that people put on Valentine’s Day.”
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Ave. E. Hendersonville
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m., Josh Dunkin, mountain storyteller through music
Friday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m., Blue Ridge Pistols, trio, guitar, bass, drums, aggressive rock
Sunday, Feb. 14, 4-6 p.m., The Last Full Measure, Jamie Gorsuch and Karen Corn, folk, blues, love songs and anti-love songs, Valentine’s Day special
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider
749 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, Feb. 13, 3-6 p.m., David Payne, folk, country, pop, guitarist
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Tim and Laura, rock, R&B, neo-soul, originals, freshly arranged covers
2695 Sugarloaf Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m., Hope Griffin, singer, guitarist, soulful ballads to high-energy blues
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River
Saturday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., ALR Trio, blues, rock
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m., Hope Griffin Trio, with Jamie Leigh on cello and Paul McIntire on violin, acoustic strings
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards (outside patio)
588 Chestnut Gap Rd., Hendersonville
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Ken Morgan & Steve Moseley, Americana
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m., Brian Ashley Jones, soulful singer, acclaimed guitarist, versatile touring songwriter, guitar-driven country and blues
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville
Saturday, Feb. 13, Fine Line, rock, bike night
The 2nd Act
101 E. Allen St., Hendersonville
Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-9 p.m., Mr. Jimmy, Chicago-style blues, guitar
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Friday, Feb. 12, 7-10 p.m., Brian Buckner Band, rockabilly, southern rock
Saturday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Ricky Gunter and Band, country; 6-10 p.m., Carolina Kin Band, rock
The Poe House
105 1st Ave. W., Hendersonville
Friday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m., Mr. Jimmy, Chicago-style blues, guitar
Triskelion Brewing Company
340 7th Ave. E., Hendersonville
Friday, Feb. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Baggage Brothers, acoustic duo
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Western Carolina Writers, an in-the-round singer-songwriter style show that features artists from all over WNC
Sunday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Virginia and the Slims, Valentine’s Day music, hot jump blues, swing
Want to be included in “Live Music?” Send your information via email to Steve Wong at Just4Wong@Gmail.com by Monday at 8 a.m. for the coming Thursday-Sunday. Don’t forget to send details on your performing artist along with a good high-resolution photo.