Jim Callahan pleased his Cornerstone Restaurant audience with three sets of songs that mixed “Americana,” country and folk tunes.
Callahan wove memories of his youth and childhood in Mount Gilead with his experience with Nashville songwriters and performing in the Nashville region.
The Mount Gilead High School grad has been listed in the top 20 Nashville singer/songwriters for the past four years.
However, it’s the experiences he had along the way and his fight with cancer that made the biggest impression on his audience.
Friends, classmates and family filled the banquet room at Cornerstone and told about their connection to Callahan.
Jack Hull has known Callahan since the two were together in first grade and Mike Bachelder said he and Jim rode to work together in Galion for several years.
Callahan’s daughter, Jennifer Miller was there from Marion, while Barbara and Fred Williamson came up from Cardington to attend the concert. Barbara said she was a good friend of Jim’s sister Sandy Callahan Guider.
Some of Callahan’s newest fans at the concert were Kevin Evans, Mindy Kunze, Donna and Andrew Carver. They enjoyed his concert at the Mount Gilead State Park last year.
The crowd had lots of laughs joining in the sing-a-long “It’s all about me” that parodied the craze in selfie pictures on Face book, Twitter and other social media. The full version is available on YouTube written by Callahan with Mark Bouler and Eric Pearson.
Callahan closed the evening thanking the crowd, “It warms my heart that you all came out tonight.”
Friends since first grade – Jack Hall came out to hear his friend’s concert.
Jim Callahan entertained at Cornerstone Restaurant in Mount Gilead last Thursday.