My Name Is Love

March 23, 2018

After meeting at the  Container Yard at the corner of Government and Marine Streets in Mobile, Alabama, we hopped into Dotty’s car and headed east towards Fairhope. Our mission was to see another musician perform and use that for our next podcast music review. We were three young ladies headed out for a night of fun, excitement and true adventure. Dotty Armour, Pat French and I are Music Moms. We have a closer tie to not only the stage but the underbelly of music with all its ups and downs. Music Moms are the real deal when it comes to local music. We know intimate details of each venue and who frequents each location. Our mission is to observe, give our point of view and enjoy ourselves along the way as we watch our music offspring flourish.


We arrived a few minutes late and scooted in, grabbing the first available table at Page & Palette Book Cellar in Fairhope.


Our musician of choice tonight is Jimmy Lumpkin, a nice southern guy who sings folksy, Americana music (some of his songs tip against the edge of bluegrass music).  To me, Jimmy Lumpkin looks similar to Kid Rock. I am sure its the long hair and the hat, plus his stature is approximately the same. Over all his vibe is Arlo Guthrie, sort of gritty and down to earth.


Page & Palette Book Cellar in Fairhope is a wonderful, intimate listening room type of venue. I glanced nearby to see a large crockpot full of chicken and dumplings; disposable bowls and a ladle laid ready; out front was a small cup with a sign "Pay what you can". I have to say it smelled mighty good.


Once we got comfortable in our seats I noticed Jimmy was holding a Native American flute and speaking about it. I hate that I missed what he had to say on that because I had scooted into the adjoining coffee shop to grab a cup for the three of us. I am a Native American (Choctaw and a little bit of Cherokee), so it did pique my interest. Soon he was playing another song. It was a full house, so I could not see who was accompanying him on percussions of some sort, but I certainly could hear it. I decided perhaps it was a recorded enhancement, then I leaned to the left and could see a pretty lady sitting nearby, playing a small drum and tambourine. It turns out it was his wife Talia. Later I had the opportunity to get to know her just a little; she was soft spoken and kind.


Jimmy plays guitar well and he continuously had a harmonica holder fastened around his neck with a harmonica at the ready. He used it on many of his tunes. Of course his style is conducive to harmonica sounds, it is the salt of the earth, working man’s music.


Soon there was a mandolin added to the show, then the wonderful Molly Thomas joined the fun with her violin. These added instruments and musicians filled the empty spaces with so much emotion it touched my soul with a heavy hand. 


At one point we had four musicians in the show, Jimmy, his wife Talia Lumpkin, Hollis Sellew on mandolin and Molly Thomas on violin. 


It was a full sound and I looked around to see people tapping their feet, some clapping, some even waving their hands in the air; one lady was patting her fingers on the table top to the rhythm. All eyes were on the stage area, as they should be when someone is performing. So often that is not the case at other venues.


Hollis Sellew was playing the best looking and best sounding mandolin I have ever seen and heard (and I have seen many of them). His mandolin had a front that looked much like a dobro. To me it looked like a small version of a dobro more than like a standard mandolin. I have to say, it sure sounded good too. This great sound could have been made possible by the instrument or it could have been the skills of Hollis Sellew; perhaps it was both.


When the Page & Palette Book Cellar presents an artist, they can expect to be heard and adored. The people who show up here seem to have an awareness of just how special it is to have a talented person who is willing and eager to perform for them. 


I am sure that as Jimmy sang the lines to “My name is Love”…he felt the love returned by the audience at Page & Palette tonight. 


“Carry me like a speeding train,  

Fly me high like an airplane. 

I’m stronger than a hurricane.

You’re gonna know my name…

my name is love, my name is love, my name is love.”


“We need forgivenesss

We need trust

Less of you 

and More of us”


If those last lines mean less rudeness, less hate…more kindness, more love…

I say Amen to that!


Jimmy told us that this particular song, “My Name is Love”, was picked to be in a movie.  He further explained, it was picked by the director. The movie is called “The Foreigner”


Another song that caught my ear was “Kings and Queens”.


“We love to have our Kings and Queens”

“Don’t let your words be poison”

“Don’t you ever bend a knee”


“We still seem to think that we are free”

“We still seem to think that we are free”

“When a hungry bear chases us up a tree”

“We still seem to think that we are free”


For me, those are some pretty intense lyrics to ponder.


Jimmy went on to play Mother Earth, Traveling Gypsy, Consulting Monks, Maybe I’ll See You Tomorrow… and many more original tunes. Jimmy has a full band, its called Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival.


We really enjoyed the show. We appreciate his talent and his kindness. Jimmy Lumpkin is newly signed with Skate Mountain Records and is rising in the music world quickly. Look

for him and go to his shows when you see or hear them advertised. 


Thank you Jimmy Lumpkin for a great show and a nice evening of entertainment.


#JimmyLumpkin #SkateMountainRecords #Page&PaletteBookStore #Mynameislove #MusicMomsSpeak #Fromthecradletothestave #Alabamamusic


Juanita Smith

Music Mom




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