I don’t think anybody can get enough of Spittin’ Image, the local musical duo of Blain and Brian Swabb, owners of the former My Brother’s Place in Greenville.
Blain and Brian, who turned 58 on Feb. 13, have been picking the guitar since they were 9 years of age. By the time they were 14, they were performing every weekend (being paid). Their parents had to chaperone because they were underage. So, they have been performing professionally since they were 14 years old. From 1972 to 2016 makes it 44 years for them, and July 2017 will be their 45th year of playing professionally.
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I believe I have seen them three times this year and they make for a good, entertaining show, especially when they get the audience, including my son, Jamie, involved. And, he dearly loves it.
Someone created a monster when they handed Jamie a microphone for the first time 20 years ago. You would never know that he couldn’t speak in complete sentences until the summer just before kindergarten when he took speech through Easter Seals offered in the county. Now, I don’t think you can shut him up. And, he dearly loves karaoke.
For several years Spittin’ Image has asked Jamie to play the tambourine for them on stage at the Annie Oakley Festival. And, of course, he obliged. Another little fellow, Andy Miller, shared the stage with him this year and did a great job.
One thing that was really entertaining was at the State Line Heritage Days this past weekend. The Swabb twins performed under the Big Tent on Broadway on Friday evening, following the melodrama put on by Randy Players. Yes, they called Jamie up to the stage, but they also later invited Dennis Pratt, who always plays the villain in the melodramas in Union City, to come up to the stage with his twin, Dave.
And, the four of them belted out the tune, “Mustang Sally,” which resulted in lots of laughing, yelling and well-deserved applause. The Pratts got to sing, “Ride Sally Ride” when their turn came to perform.
If anybody gets the chance to hear one of their concerts, I would say attend. You won’t be sorry. They sing and play everything from rock ‘n roll to country and bluegrass.
Spittin’ Image will be playing at the Miami County Fair today from 1-3 p.m. and at the Darke County Fair on Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m.
Happy birthday to:
• Aug. 18 to John Snyder, Lora Beam Miller, Dwain Hodge, Randy Partin, Libby Koch, Janet Nealeigh, Brian Hiestand Jr., Terry Sackett and Lynne Bruner-Hawkins.
• Aug. 19 to Chris Norris, Ted Trittschuh, Debbie Staver, Hannah Hunt, Bonita Seger and Betty Wingerter.
• Aug. 20 to Rick Riffell, Helen Dull, Jennnifer Amspaugh Gray, Richard Yount, Ted Finnarn, Gina Billenstein and Bertha Archey.
• Aug. 21 to Kay Jones, Jean Young, Rikki Holton, Suzanne Smith, Otis Stewart and Terri Hunt.
• Aug. 22 to Debbie Bey Liette, Lisa Baumgardner Francis, Rena Slater and Darrin Fox.
• Aug. 23 to Maddicyn Brumbaugh, Kristopher Brown, Connie Faller Kunk (55), Steve Faller, Moleta Mikesell, Julie Wilkin, Pat Franklin, Sarah Carroll,
• Aug. 24 to Derek Hall, Sharon Hollinger, Jeff Bubeck, Amanda Rhodeheffer-Olson, Stoney Dyne, Max Subler, Nick Buckingham, Josh Partin (30), Becky Harshman (60), Larry Melling, Lisa Sink and Sheila Lenker.
Happy anniversary to Steve and Joni Burelison and Don and Sally Hampshire, all on Aug. 18; Dan and Marty Schipfer on Aug. 20; and Missy and Gordy Schmitz on Aug. 24. Oops! Pat and Debbie Cunningham Barga celebrated their 47th on Aug. 16.
Happy belated anniversary to: Pastor Ron and Michele Hoeksama, Kara and Doug Didier (20) and Hershel and Barbara Fee, all on Aug. 10; and Cheryl and Kevin Fraley on Aug. 11.
Don’t forget to pray for: Steve Schafer, Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Tracy Bailey, Terri Martin, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Tim King, Gary Poor, Pat Johnson, Clinton Linebaugh, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Justin Ungericht, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Angie Young Noggler, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Linda Johnston, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.
Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.
And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Son Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Franklin “Juggy” Howell, Darla Robbins, Patricia Baker, Phyllis Overholser and Wanda Staley.
Think about it: “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” — Elbert Hubbard