¬† 01/14/13 Banjo player Trilly Cole of Kouts entertained at Miller‚Äôs Senior Living Community on January 7th.¬†¬† Activity Director Cindy Flagg introduced Trilly by admitting how anxious she was to meet her in person.
‚ÄúTrilly is such a fun name,‚ÄĚ exclaimed Flagg!¬† ‚Äú‚ÄĚAfter speaking to her on the phone and with a name like Trilly, I just knew we were in for a good time.‚ÄĚ
Sporting banjo earrings and wearing a hat with banjo tack pins, Cole took brought her banjo out of its case began picking.¬†¬† Her first song was ‚ÄúOh Them Golden Slippers‚ÄĚ.¬† She sailed right into ‚ÄúFive Foot Two, Eyes of Blue‚ÄĚ.¬† Between songs Cole kept the audience on their toes with corny stories and bits of trivia.¬† She also shared her musical story about how she started in the entertainment business.
Cole was born in LaPorte, In. and took to the stage by singing at the age of three.¬† By the age of six she played the guitar.¬† At ten she had learned several other instruments.¬† Then a neighbor dug an old banjo out of his attic and told Trilly if she could learn to play a song on it within one week, she could keep the banjo.¬† She wanted that banjo and by the end that week she learned to play ‚ÄúHey Mr. Banjo‚ÄĚ.¬† She kept the banjo and has been playing ever since.¬† She also began her own band at the age of ten.¬† She appeared on Ted Mack‚Äôs Armature Hour and was then on the road at the age of 18.
Cole‚Äôs musical career took her to Printers Alley in Nashville where she played at the well-known Captain‚Äôs Table for fifteen years.¬† She moved on to Las Vegas, Detroit and other musical venues where she was the opening act for many well-known country stars.¬† While in Michigan she was endorsed by Gibson Guitars.
Cole‚Äôs song selection was a hit with her audience as her musical choices brought back so many fond memories of childhood and teen years.¬† She encouraged audience participation on songs such as ‚ÄúBaby Face‚ÄĚ, Camp Town Races‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúBack Home Again In Indiana‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúI‚Äôll Be Loving You, Always‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúYes Sir That‚Äôs My Baby‚ÄĚ.
There were several surprises during Cole‚Äôs concert.¬† The audience was amazed when she was able to play ‚ÄúDueling Banjos‚ÄĚ by herself. She also shared a song which was written just for her by Junior Waters.
‚ÄúThe song title was song long it could barley fit on the record label,‚ÄĚ mused Trilly.¬† ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs called ‚ÄėThere Ain‚Äôt Nothin‚Äô Like A Real Northern Indiana, Home-grown, Small Town Country Girl‚ÄĚ.
The song drew chuckles from the audience as she sang it.¬† After a few more traditional songs that everyone knew, Trilly ended her program with a song she wrote.¬† It was a parody of Willie Nelson‚Äôs song ‚ÄúOn The Road Again‚ÄĚ.¬† Cole‚Äôs song was titled ‚ÄúOn the Commode Again‚ÄĚ which was quite a hit with the audience.
Cole will be scheduled to appear at Miller‚Äôs again in the near future.¬† To receive the Miller‚Äôs monthly schedule please call 574-936-9801 and ask for Anna Corbett or Cindy Flagg.
Photo:¬† Miller‚Äôs Senior Living Community resident Roy Reed enjoys sharing a song with banjo artist Trilly Cole of Kouts.