It’s an evening of songs, stories and American rock by two legendary bands, both celebrating their 50th Anniversary!
Country rockers Pure Prairie League are known for their hit song “Amie” – perhaps the most beloved country rock song of all time – and “Two Lane Highway,” “Let Me Love You Tonight,” and “Falling In and Out of Love.”
With nine straight albums that made the Billboard charts, PPL is considered one of the leading bands of the country rock movement.
Southern rock fans know well Atlanta Rhythm Section’s 1978 breakthrough album Champagne Jam, which featured the hits “Imaginary Lover” and “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight.”
ARS followed that up with two more certified Gold albums and seven additional Top 40 singles to cement their reputation as amazing songwriters and live performers.
There’s more to the duality of Clay Walker’s debut Show Dog Nashville album Texas To Tennessee than the title.
Certainly, the realities of place are as central as this comeback album’s name implies: Nashville busily working toward the next fresh hit; Texas moving at its inimitable and familiar pace.
There’s also a mix of songwriting and production approaches, evident and more nuanced relationships between the songs themselves, and the overarching presence of a naturally gifted vocalist who relentlessly pursues his own development as a singer.
But don’t mistake those dualities for dichotomy – and certainly not polarity. In a storied career dotted with smash singles, platinum albums and countless honors and acclaim, maybe the connection between country’s timeless themes and music-of-the-moment timeliness has been there all along.
Many of the country fans behind the almost 20 million on-demand and video streams for his latest single “Need A Bar Sometimes” – who may also be among his 750,000 TikTok followers – are wholly unaware of Walker’s history.
Discovered in a Beaumont area bar by noted producer and head of Giant Records James Stroud (Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers), Walker was in his early twenties when he started rattling off a string of smash hits. Among them, “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Open,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Hypnotize The Moon,” “Rumor Has It,” “Then What,” “I Can’t Sleep” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”
His self-titled debut album rocketed to platinum status, the first of four to cross the million-sold mark.
Racking up more than 30 charted singles and 11 No. 1s wasn’t without its struggles, however.