By Sarah Spencer
Outside it was a dark and stormy night, complete with deadly lightning and hail, but, on April 14 at Maxine’s Pub in downtown Hot Springs, Ark. it was all clear for a thunderous, acoustic show inside. The ample and anxious crowd was ready for the music to begin. At a little after 9 p.m., the “lite” version of the rustic blues and country inspired band, Sad Daddy, whose self-induced hibernation has long been felt this winter at Maxine’s, took their places on stage. Arkansas’ own favorite sons, singer/songwriter, Brian Martin, with his blue-eyed soul and gritty growl on vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and percussion along with singer/songwriter, Joe Sundell, with his unique and unmistakeably feel good vocals, playing banjo along with his own blues harp were welcomed back with open arms. Notably missing was the star bassist and singer/songwriter Melissa Carper who normally slaps the upright bass for the trio.