By BRAD KELLAR
Two big country music shows are coming to the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA), one in July and one in August.
Tickets are already on sale for Asleep at the Wheel and Mandy Barnett: Bob Wills Meets Patsy Cline, on July 19, part of the Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series.
The GMA and the United Way of Hunt County have also announced tickets go on sale Monday for Ronnie Milsap, featuring Amber Digby, in concert on Friday, Aug. 23.
Since starting in 1970, Austin-based Asleep at the Wheel has released more than 20 studio albums and won more than nine Grammys, playing songs like “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”, “House of Blue Lights” and “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.”
Barnett, a native of Crossville, Tenn., has been singing since 5 years-old. Her album, “I’ve Got A Right To CrY’ was named as the top country album of 1999 by Rolling Stone Magazine. She tours regularly and her song have been featured on the sountracks of several movies and television shows. Her latest album, “Sweet Dreams”, features Barnett’s renditions of songs recorded by Patsy Cline.
The concert will also feature special guest Heybale!, with reserved floor level seat tickets on sale $35 to $50. Reserved balcony seats are $30 in advance. Tickets are $5 more purchased on the day of the show and at the door.
One of country music’s most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s, some of Milsap’s biggest hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “Any Day Now,” and “Stranger in My House,” and more. Milsap has earned six Grammy Awards and 40 number one country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty.
Digby, born and raised in Nashville, the birthplace of country music, comes from a long line of classic country music royalty. Amber’s father is Dennis Digby, longtime bass player in the Coal Miners, Loretta Lynn’s road band. Amber’s mother, Dee, was a backup singer for artists such as Connie Smith. In December, 2009, she released her 4th CD, “Another Way to Live”, with Heart of Texas Records.
Tickets go on sale for the concert at 8 a.m. Monday. Ticket prices range from $40 to $75.
Tickets for Asleep at the Wheel and/or Ronnie Milsap can be purchased online at www.ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com and at the GMA, 2821 Washington Street in Greenville.
Those wanting additional information for either show can also call 903-457-2994.