Wyman and Needham invites Park City to a party
The Boneyard will host Wyman's birthday bash
Pianist and singer Rich Wyman is ready to celebrate his birthday, so he and his wife, singer Lisa Needham, have extended an invitation to all of Park City to join a two-night bash on the roof of the Boneyard Saloon next weekend.
The concert will start at 6:30 on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, and will go at least until 9:30 p.m.
“We’re contracted to play until 9:30 p.m., but the noise ordinance is 10 p.m., so they said if we’re having a good time we can play until then,” Wyman said during a joint interview with Needham. “We’ll play some new songs, old songs, good songs and maybe bad songs.”
Wyman, who will celebrate 53 trips around the sun, said he enjoys playing the
“This will be the third time we’ve performed there,” he said. “Two years ago, I did an album release, and then last year, Lisa did our anniversary show to celebrate 25 years in Park City. This year, it’s my birthday.”
The Boneyard concerts are really the only ones Wyman and Needham play for the public in town.
“We did do a run of shows at Molly Blooms last December, but we haven’t played any public local shows other than that as a couple,” Wyman said. “ I’ve done some dueling piano shows, but this is the only time people will get to see us do our whole show in Park City this year.”
“We have, however, done a bunch of private house concerts and they have been awesome,” Needham said. “I don’t know if people think a lot about bringing musicians to play in their homes, but we enjoy it.”
Over the past two years, the Wyman and Needham Boneyard concerts have become locals’ reunions.
“We see people that we’ve known for the 25 or 26 years we’ve been here and they will come out to see us,” Wyman said.
Needham said another fun element of playing on the roof is the view.
“I tell everyone that it’s the best porch to see the sunset,” she said.
The couple has been compiling lists of songs in preparation for the two concerts.
“We write down songs that Richard leads on and the songs that I lead on,” Needham said. “Then we list some duets and put together a list of cover songs.”
Wyman said the show is designed to flow easily between the two singers.
“We look at how much time we have to play and split that in half,” he said. “I’ll do a song, and then the spotlight will turn to her and she’ll do a song.
“Of course there will be a lot of songs that we’ll perform together and, of course, we’ll do some banter between the songs.”
Some of the banter will be about the upcoming album the couple has been working on.
“We can’t wait to do songs that people haven’t heard, yet,” Needham said.
Earlier this year, Wyman and Needham flew to New York to record the album.
“It’s now being mixed in Nashville and we are looking to release it, hopefully, in September,” Wyman said.
The pianist said he enjoys performing with his wife, especially when they
“I do so much solo stuff that it’s so nice to sing harmonies with her,” he said. “I also like doing the new songs with Lisa, because the whole album is basically a duet album.”
Wyman also likes that he can give his voice a rest when Needham takes over the spotlight.
Needham likes performing with Wyman, because they connect on a different level as husband and wife.
“People who have seen us perform together have told me that it’s like our voices line up, and when people say that to me, I realize that singing with your partner and best friend makes you communicate in a different way,” she said. “I’ve sung with different people in different groups, and it doesn’t gel as much as it does with Richard, because when we sing, it’s more on a relationship level that’s really cool.
“It’s like us singing together clears all the junk away from our lives. I love having that special communication with Richard.”
Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham will perform a two-night birthday bash for Wyman at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, at the Boneyard Saloon and Kitchen, 1251 Kearns Blvd. Admission is free. For information, visit http://www.richwyman.com.
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