Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Everything done by the Falls City Ramblers in their first set Thursday at the Childe Harold was good, but best of all was an old-fashioned blues, "In My Girlish Days," with vocalist Memphis Beck Gentry singing her heart out and a marvelously inventive arrangement - fiddler David Harvey plucking his instrument to sound like something between a banjo and mandolin, and dobro-washboard-kazoo virtuoso Robin Rose producing a trumpet out of nowhere and making it wail.
The Ramblers have a strong and growing reputation for bluegrass, but they focused this set on their other specialty, music of the '20s and '30s: "Trouble in Mind," "Sweet Georgia Brown," a fine "Ain't Misbehavin'" sung in the style of Rudy Valee and a smashing finale on "Sadie Green, the Vamp of New Orleans," with the washboard (encrusted with twinkling colored lights) looking as impressive as it sounded.
Preceding this strong attraction through tonight is Ron Crick, lefthanded guitarist and comic singer, who opened with a very funny trucking song and did asn imaginativ series of routines with tape-recorded accompaniment, dialogue and finally using a telephone as a prop) a male-female vocal duet. Sometimes, it was hard to believe there was only one of him up there.