by Michelle Morrissette Cucchiaro
It was Friday night and on a whim I decided to hop in my car and travel up to the tiny town of Hudson, New Hampshire. Big stages are fun to shoot but I needed to be out and about town. JD Chasers was the ultimate destination. I’d heard rumblings that a guitar player has a regular gig there twice a month and I figured I’d check him out. The commute up there was uneventful and, once there, the free parking was a breeze. I could hear the music as I headed across the lot and made my way inside, I liked it already. Once in the door it became abundantly clear that a stranger (me) had just entered the building. Regulars filled this tiny townie bar and I was a novelty with 15 pounds of camera gear strung around my neck. Not a problem, everyone was friendly. Curious but friendly.
I found a seat at the bar and filled the friendly bartender in on my plan for the evening – I’d be taking pictures of the musician du jour, Mitch Pelkey, for an article I was writing. She was happy to oblige. The service was excellent at JD’s. They took good care of me with thirst quenching spirits and a tasty salad made to my specifications. Having had my fill it was time to work.
Mitch Pelkey is a gentle giant of a guy with a warm and inviting smile. He’s not hard to look at and listening to him is even easier. His set list runs the gamut with song selections from a variety of genres. They are all well sung, well-played and pleasing to the ear. I liked him and I’d see him again for sure. He had a bar full of fans the night I was there so if you check him out get there early to get a seat and don’t forget to empty your wallet into his open case, its money well spent.