There was never any doubt that the musical legacy of singer-songwriter/pianist David Egan would live on. Now approximately a year after losing a hard fought battle against cancer on March 18, 2016, Egan will be honored in a series of concerts, titled “Sing It! The David Egan Songbook,” performed by an impressive array of talent that includes Marcia Ball, Papa Mali, Buddy Flett, Kevin Gordon, Kristin Diable, C.C. Adcock and Roddie Romero.
The house band, spearheaded by Grammy-winning New Orleans pianist David Torkanowsky, includes alumni from Egan’s former bands Lil’ Band O’ Gold (Adcock, Steve Riley, Dave Ranson, Dickie Landry, Pat Breaux) and Twenty Years of Trouble (Mike Sipos, Bruce MacDonald).
The four-night run kicks off with two nights at Lafayette’s Vermilionville Performance Center, Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24, moves to Tipitina’s in New Orleans on Saturday, March 25 and closes out at the Paradise Theater, Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City on Sunday, March 26. Proceeds will benefit the David Egan Dreamer Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana, a newly formed foundation to perpetuate Egan’s creative focus.
Over the years, Egan’s songs have been recorded by Joe Cocker, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Percy Sledge and many others. In 2007, an Egan composition—“If You Knew How Much”—helped Irma Thomas notch her first Grammy for her album After the Rain after being in the music business 50 years.
The concerts are being produced by the Lafayette collective of Adcock, writer/community music activist Todd Mouton and Egan’s widow Rhonda.
Adcock explains that their vision is “to put together a musical show that will leave both the audience and the performers impressed with the depth of his songwriting catalogue and how wonderful those tunes were.”
“You know the mark of a great tune is that you could do it in almost any style, any tempo. They are timeless and transferable. David has a large percentage of his catalogue that is just that good. If you really look at them and know what you are looking for, you can see how perfectly crafted they were and how much time he spent making sure they were that way,” Adcock says.
While some artists will perform the Egan tunes they’re known for, others like Adcock, Romero and Diable will delve into the lesser known material.
Adcock, in particular, collaborated with Egan towards the end of his life on several songs and expects to unveil them at the concerts. “I was honored to be able to do that with him,” Adcock says.