If you go
What: Rob Carlson
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Clay Center's Walker Theater
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
Rob Carlson doesn't begrudge his time as a radio jingle writer and singer, even if it was a job he took to pay the bills when he would have preferred performing as a singer-songwriter.
"You know what singing jingles is really good training for? It teaches you to pronounce your words when you sing," he said.
So when Carlson comes to the Clay Center Saturday night as part of the Woody Hawley Series, rest assured you'll understand every word.
Expect some storytelling and some comedy, too, as Carlson and his band performs from Carlson's newest song list.
Carlson most recently was known for his work with David Buskin and George Wurzbach in the comedy trio Modern Man. When the group broke up in 2008, Carlson realized he had a lot more material he wanted to sing.
The result is Benefit Street, and it blends the best of both Carlson songwriting worlds.
"There were a lot of other songs I was writing that weren't funny - they were regular songs," Carlson explained. "And I wanted an outlet to perform those songs.
"I don't want to give the impression that I'm not funny - there's still a lot of comedy in it," he added. "People should come prepared to laugh."
The band includes keyboardist Paul Payton, an old college buddy who also worked with Carlson in radio; mandolin, violin, viola and guitar player Vinny Pasternak, whom Carlson worked with in the 1970s and '80s in jingle and industrial