The Doyle and Debbie Show ran solid for over a year at The Bongo Theater Upstairs, a small black box theater above a popular coffee house. Now it's moved for the last few months to the legendary Station Inn, Nashville's classic Bluegrass room, where they will soon move from one to two nights a week. Hey, this just isn't that big a town, so this revue is really popular to still be packing them in, when it will be two years in June.
The show concerns a fading Country star, somewhere between a has been and a nearly was. He's trying to stage a comeback, and has found his latest and third Debbie at a VFW hall, singing her heart out. The songs are sheer comic genius, the acting spot on. They just tore it up on Conan, and are headed for HBO, with a little luck. The writer's strike is over, D&D are a new hot ticket, and they got a show to pitch to cable that goes beyond but includes the genius of this long running show in Nashville.
Arntson is a fascinating character who's done a long list of musical and film oriented works, and is headed for a long-deserved stardom. The way he plays Doyle Mayfield is insanely good. His partner Jenny Littleton has been a major player in the theater scene here and is a breakaway singer to boot, having grown up Country and steeped in all the female greats. Her deadpan delivery is side-splitting funny, and her body language has 'em hollering in the aisles. This is a hit that's just now beginning to spread, and one that will be around for years to come. You must buy the CD, there's not a bad song on it, and check out their website so you can catch up on videos (go to youtube, too) and the rest of the story. But now, here's a scintillating conversation with one of Nashville's hippest hottest properties of the moment, Bruce Arntson. continue to interview