Much like early rock ‘n’ roll, country music started as a humble testament to the heartaches of life. And no one sang it better than the little ladies of the genre. Sunday night’s Honky Tonk Angels show at the Tin Roof was an ode to the women who defined the early days of country music. Gals wore frocks made famous by Patsy, Loretta, and Dolly, combinations of gauzy prairie skirts, cowboy boots, and plaid blouses. There was a reverence among the crowd, but not because this was a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House. No, it was a respect for the musical acts that made games of pool, cold beers, and even the Tin Roof’s gourmet hot dogs go unnoticed once the musicians began to play. The enthusiasm of the crowd was reflected in their own country-western duds and almost unwavering attention to the stage. Bands played classics like “Jolene,” “Louisiana Woman,” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” With its combination of unique music shows and devout crowd of regulars, the Tin Roof is well on its way to community institution status.

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