East Texas Get’s Ready for John Michael Montgomery
HOT AUGUST NIGHT SULPHUR SPRINGS TEXAS
Presented by; East Texas Broadcasting,
Sulphur Springs Dodge, Legacy AG Credit, East Texas Childrens Dentistry
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape. It is apparent in the 2004 hit “Letters From Home,” one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded, and in “The Little Girl,” a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. It is apparent even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael's repertoire--songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” where John Michael's vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level.
John Michael's origins lie in deceptively modest beginnings. He was born in Danville, Kentucky, to parents who imparted a lifelong love of music. “Where most people have chairs and sofas in their living rooms," laughs John Michael, "we had amplifiers and drum kits."
The hits followed steadily, with songs like "Rope The Moon," "If You've Got Love," "No Man's Land," "Cowboy Love," "As Long As I Live," "Friends" and "How Was I To Know" establishing him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon award and was named the ACM's Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that included the CMA's Single and Song of the Year, Billboard's Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination. Heavy touring meant he kept the close touch with fans he had begun in the clubs back home. “You get to know your fans and what they like more and more through the years," he says, "and you kind of gravitate towards one another."
John Michael Montgomery will be performing at the 6th annual Hot August Night BBQ, Saturday, August 25th, benefitting local Volunteer Fire Departments. This event will be held in Sulphur Springs at the Hopkins County Civic Center with the concert at Gerald Prim Stadium, Festival Style Seating. The opening acts for Montgomery are New Red Dirt Music star Coffey Anderson of Nashville Stars Fame and Red Dirt Texas artist Jason Helms Band from Texarkana Texas. For ticket information contact the Hopkins County Civic Center Box Office at (903) 885-8071.