Dallas guitarist Dave Walser promises plenty of Beatles songs during his two-night solo show run at Songbird Live tonight and Saturday.
Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Walser will return to the Songbird in May with his full band, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band.
Many no doubt remember Walser’s earlier band, Beatlegrass, which performed from about 2002-10. Walser formed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band — which he describes as Beatlegrass plus a banjo — in 2012.
Walser describes both bands as bluegrass takes on Beatle favorites. Some of the music is straight bluegrass, Walser said, some is more contemporary bluegrass and “arty” music.
Walser said he was 9 when the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan 50 years ago.
“I had no idea who they were,” Walser said. “My mom insisted on us watching them. She said, ‘We’re having dinner then we’re all sitting down to watch the Beatles.’It wasn’t optional. But I was hooked as soon as I heard ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’
I actually began learning guitar when I was about 6 because my dad started learning about that time and of course I wanted to do whatever he did.
“Anyway, I’d never taken my guitar to school at that point. But, after seeing the Beatles, I took it to the next show and tell.”
In addition to Beatles songs, Walser said he will perform James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel and other numbers during his solo shows this weekend in addition to several of his original pieces.
Songbird Live is at E. Henderson St. in downtown Cleburne.
For information, call 817-489-4840 or visit www.songbirdlive.com
The website also has videos of Walser and upcoming performers.