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Dazzling country sets the stage for summer

May 9, 2019

DAWG DAZZLE: The lineup is set for Huntington’s annual “Dawg Dazzle” concert, set for July 3rd at Harris Riverfront Park. The headliner is Dylan Scott, preceded by the all-girl group Southern Halo and local group Kala DeHart and Rivertown. The evening will wrap up with a fireworks displayed, sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital. Information on where free tickets will be available for the show will be announced soon. Last year, a record crowd of over 19,000 filled the park for Dawg Dazzle.

NUMBER ONE: Chase Rice can add a No. 1 single to his musical resume as “Eyes On You” ascended to the top spot on the Mediabase chart after 38 weeks. Penned by Chase, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley, “Eyes On You” is featured on Chase’s 2017 album, Lambs & Lions.

KEITH WHITLEY EXHIBIT: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum treated media, industry insiders and Keith Whitley’s family and friends recently to a sneak preview of its new exhibit, Still Rings True: The Enduring Voice of Keith Whitley. Despite the brevity of his career, Keith, a Sandy Hook, Ky. native who died at age 33, produced many significant country hits over the course of his four albums. His music continues to influence today’s country singers, including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and others. The exhibit opened last Friday and runs through April 5, 2020.

GRAND OLE OPRY: Randy Travis made a special appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage last Saturday night to celebrate his 60th birthday. The showcase featured performances by Charles Esten, Josh Turner, Charlie Worsham, Ricky Skaggs and Don Schlitz, the Hall of Fame songwriter behind many of Randy’s hits, including “Deeper Than The Holler,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Heroes And Friends,” “On the Other Hand” and “Point Of Light.” To close the show, Randy joined the all-star cast onstage for a rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen,” capping the song with the final “amen.” Randy will release his new book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life, on May 14. Randy, with the help of author Ken Abraham, shares stories of his working-class childhood, country music career, medical problems, broken marriage and more.

FOURTH OF JULY: For the fifth year in a row, Willie Nelson and pals will be heading to Austin, Texas, for his 46th annual Fourth of July Picnic. More than a dozen acts will join Willie and his family, including Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Hayes Carll, Colter Wall, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gene Watson, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, Folk Uke, Raelyn Nelson Band and The Casey Kristofferson Band. The Independence Day event will take place at Austin’s Circuit of Americas racetrack, featuring music on two stages.