by Robert Bell
KEITH SYKES WEEKEND
8 p.m. Arlington Hotel. $60.
Any of you budding singer/songwriters out there probably ought to go to this here gathering and take really good notes, because the collected wisdom and decades of experience on hand will be mighty. The Keith Sykes Weekend boasts a lineup of artists who have penned hits for a plethora of notable performers.
You've got Sykes, of course, who's written tunes for Jimmy Buffet ("Volcano"), The Judds and many others. Roger Cook co-wrote the Coca-Cola jingle "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" and the Don Williams hit "I Believe in You." Dickey Lee has written songs for George Strait and Reba McEntire. Larry Joe Taylor is responsible for writing cuts for Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and others. Jerry Lee Lewis, Mel Tillis, Rick Nelson and many others have recorded tracks by Buzz Cason. There will be several other songsmiths performing as well.
The weekend kicks off with a concert Friday night and keeps rolling Saturday with the Bloody Mary Guitar Pull with Jed Zimmerman and Delta Joe Sanders at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Sykes will interview Lee about his work at 3 p.m., and there's another concert Saturday night at 8 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.