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In the mid 2000s, Houston musician Ryan Adam Wells and his best friend Dave assigned themselves a task any hardcore music fan would recognize as impossible: create their own versions of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
The 1,000-song playlist would be the soundtrack to a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to all of America’s musical meccas — New York City, Nashville, Memphis and Austin.
Wells takes us on that trip in this funny and quietly devastating one-man show, armed with just an acoustic guitar. He relays hilarious tales of mishap and adventure, of course, but he also shares, in vulnerable detail, the abuse he suffered at the hands of his controlling ex-girlfriend.
The man is a vivid, engrossing storyteller, not just through his beautifully performed songs but also his true gift for turning a phrase; "his beer belly in waxing gibbous" has to be the most poetic reference to an aging rock star’s gut ever committed to paper.
Nostalgic and heartfelt, this is a loving ode to the life-changing magic of friendship, a good mixtape and a long drive.
— Jen Zoratti
From the Fringe program:
From the creator of the award-winning Beers About Songs comes a NEW true story of friendship and adventure: The 500 List.
Two friends spend two years creating lists of their 500 favourite songs of all time, and take a road trip across the US to listen to them.
Danger, heartache and run abound in this solo musical storytelling piece about love and friendship overcoming hurt and despair.
"Wells is as intoxicating as a 6-pack" - The Orlando Sentinel
"Wells is a master storyteller" - The Clothesline (AU)
"A vocal angel" - The Jenny Revue
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild language
400 Edmonton St.
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 4:15 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 7:45 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 7:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 7:45 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 6:00 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 4:15 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 6:00 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 4:45 PM
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:07 PM CDT: Adds review
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