The Daily Gazette Friday October 19, 2001

Michael Hochanadel

McKrells open for Lonestar

Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal canceled as opening act hours before the show, claiming laryngitis , which opened the  door to The McKrells as literally last minute replacements.

    They were wonderful, and to see them startle , surprise and  seduce a Palace-ful of strangers was to witness a rare sort of mastery. If bands were band by the number of notes they played, soulfulness, conviction or black leather The McKrells would have bagged most of the money Thursday.

    Fill-in bassist  Rick Bedrosian ( former McKrell, now leader of Hair of the Dog ) was right up to speed on blistery bluegrassy biltzes “ Lost In Your Eyes” “I’m Still Missing You “ and “Hit The Ground Running” full on racehorse numbers blistering with brilliant solos by banjoist Chris leske, fiddler Sara Milonovich and Guitarist Laz Vance, Kevin McKrell owned the stage and crowd as usual and sang “ It’s Not Me “ as the country-est song of the night. His new “ I Will Cry “ about watching the news in recent weeks ( Milonovich quoting “ America The Beautiful” in the coda ) won a standing ovation .

    So did their set as a whole set .They were a delicious bonus and suprise.