Three questions with John Reno from the Jim Croce Tribute
October 2, 7:30 pm
How did you first become interested in Jim Croce?
Growing up in New Orleans, I was exposed to a myriad of musical genres, however, I always seemed to gravitate to the acoustic, singer-songwriters of the late sixties and early seventies. I began playing the guitar when I was twelve years old and I would spend hours trying to learn the beautiful guitar lines in Jim’s songs. I also loved the way that his lyrics painted a vivid picture and tugged at the heartstrings. I’m sure that I wore out several of his LPs in my formative years.
What made you decide to create a Jim Croce Tribute show?
Over the last few years, there’s been a surge in tribute acts throughout Canada, the States and Europe and I’ve actually seen a few that are really good. Again, I’ve always been a huge fan of Jim’s music and I love to play his songs, however, I’m not interested in presenting a big “show band,” impersonation act. Instead, my partner and I have created a tribute that performs the music in the manner that Jim and his accompanist performed live… two voices and two acoustic guitars.
How did you connect with Kingston 4 Paws?
I met Elizabeth Bailey several years ago while wintering in South Florida. She would walk her Labrador retrievers every morning, and invariably, my lab would run out to play with hers. She explained to me how these dogs were in training to assist children with autism. Coincidently, my wife is a teacher who has worked with autistic children, so we had an instant bonding experience. I knew that I wanted to help this wonderful organization and I felt that we could do this through the tribute show.