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Charley Pride to headline Kickin’ For a Kure event
See country legend Charley Pride in concert at the fourth annual K-Town Kickin’ For a Kure on Saturday, July 19, in the historic Kosciusko Hall. His career has spanned almost five decades and he has achieved international success with hits such as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” Other featured performers will be Wade Bowen and Billy Currington.
Born one of 11 children in Sledge, Miss., Pride unofficially started his music career in the late 1950s as a ballplayer with the Negro American League’s Memphis Red Sox singing and playing guitar on the team bus between ballparks. Self-taught on a guitar bought at age 14, Pride would join various bands onstage as he and the team roved the country.
Pride’s first single hit the airwaves in January 1966. Within a short period of time “The Snakes Crawl at Night” was climbing the charts with his “Before I Met You” closing in on its tail. He has performed in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, and the provinces of Canada, and he even takes in a few extra countries on USO Tours, entertaining our service men and women who are stationed overseas.
Pride has scored more than 36 No. 1 country singles and over the past 30 years, has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all time.Dozens of Pride’s chart toppers now stand as modern classics. “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” went on to be a million-selling crossover single. Other memorable Pride standards include “I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again” and “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town.”
Some of his accomplishments include receiving his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He met the love of his life, Rozene, while playing baseball in Memphis. They have raised two sons, Kraig and Dion, as well as a daughter, Angela. They also enjoy their grandsons, Carlton and Malachi, in Dallas, where their family resides.
Indeed, in the 14 years since Bowen launched his career at Stubb’s Barbecue in Lubbock, he’s risen from collegiate greenhorn to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit. Now Bowen is poised to bring that Red Dirt and independent spirit to country music at large.
Growing up in Waco, Bowen’s exposure to the music of Texas was limited to whatever made it on FM country radio. George Strait was king. But at school in Lubbock, he discovered the full spectrum of Texas artistry, starting with Robert Earl Keen.
“Try Not To Listen” is the album Wade regards as his true debut, the project that kicked off a life and living made of 200-plus nights a year on the road and patient grass-roots fan development. Then with “Lost Hotel” in 2006, things really began to click with the opening track “God Bless This Town” reaching No. 1 on the bellwether Texas Music Chart. Over the next six years, he released six more chart-toppers and three additional top fives.
Bowen has also taken advantage of his recent songwriting sessions to develop his love of ballad singing and the emotional side of country music. “This record, like everything in my life, is not necessarily what I planned or even asked for,” Bowen said. “But this is, thankfully, what has been given to me. I’m a very lucky and blessed man.”
Country singer/songwriter Currington was raised in Rincon, Ga. Following high school, he made a couple of attempts at relocating to Nashville in the hopes of getting a career in music off the ground, finally landing a job there at a concrete company, while still finding time to play at clubs on the side and work on song demos.
His first single, “Walk a Little Straighter,” was released in 2003, and drew heavily on Currington’s experiences with an alcoholic father (the chorus for the song was actually written when Currington was only 12 years old).
A debut album, “Billy Currington,” was released on Mercury Records in 2003 followed by a second album, “Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” in 2005 on Mercury Nashville. Three years later, Currington delivered the eclectic, R&B-inflected “Little Bit of Everything.” In 2010 Currington returned with his 10th studio effort, “Enjoy Yourself,” featuring the Troy Jones co-written single “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” That song went to No. 1 as did “Let Me Down Easy.” Currington returned to action in 2013, releasing the single “Hey Girl” and then delivering the full-length “We Are Tonight.”
Tickets are available at Big B’s in Karnes City, Filling Station in Falls City, Ancira Ford in Floresville, Pruski’s Meat Market in Adkins, and online at http://kosciuskohall.com.
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