Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 9, 2013

Concert to help bring brighter days full of hope to House of Hope


CROSSVILLE — D2 is honored to come back a second year for the House of Hope benefit. If you missed last year’s sold-out show at the Palace Theatre, here’s your chance to see outstanding entertainment for a great cause. 

Dennis Donald, of DSquared Productions and Entertainment, an actor, singer, musician, recording artist and co-founder of D2; 14-year-old Cheyenne Graff whose natural ability to perform is amazing; Terry Henderson, better known as the Voice; Ashley Krohn, a young and incredible singer/songwriter who has just recorded her first CD; Rusty McClanahan, solo singer from Swing Street Big Band and lover of country music; Jason Sanders, singer/songwriter/musician plays keyboard, fiddle, dobro, and harmonica; Frank Saxton, musician/arranger/singer who will wow you with his Boots Randolf tribute; Regina Stephens, beloved home town gal, well known from Big South Opry; and Anthony Woolbright, a classic country singer whose popularity is soaring, will all take the stage to help the House of Hope in its mission of giving hope to many children who have been forced to endure abuse largely due to their parents addiction. 

House of Hope provides immediate need services and a temporary safe haven to any child that has fallen victim to any form of child abuse. Since their inception in June of 2004 House of Hope has provided over 8,000 services for children in crisis

The concert titled “The Many Colors of Country” will focus on the many different types of country music.

Classic country music, popularized in the Appalachian Mountains and the South, goes back as far as the 1920s. It is a blend of gospel, folk, Celtic, and old traditional music. The blends of the different sounds made it appealing to all types of people; old, young, southern, country, rock, and even Northerners liked the sound. The traditional mountain music sound of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers, who was known as the Father of Country Music, is a far cry from what you hear on most of today's country music stations. The legendary Elvis Presley made his debut as a country singer and his fame and fortune can be accredited to not only his great voice and stage presence, but to the sounds and popularity of country music.

Country music has been through many faces as would any type of music that has been around for so many years. There are a lot of different types, or genres, of country music. County pop is perhaps the most listened to today. It is a blend of country and hip hop and is the sound of many modern artists such as Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, and Shania Twain. Pop country artists are classified under this genre if their country songs cross over and make it onto the top 40 radio pop list. This genre first appeared in Nashville during the 1960s.

During the 1940s, bluegrass made its way onto the music scene. It is a fusion of country music, jazz, ragtime, and traditional music. Typical sounds and instruments unique to this genre are: fiddles, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals. If you’ve seen the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” then you’ve heard bluegrass. Dolly Parton is a popular, iconic figure that sings bluegrass country music.

Rockabilly, also known as hillbilly music, became popular in the 1950s. Honky tonk, swing, country, and rhythm and blues heavily influenced the sounds that are known as rockabilly. Elvis Presley was a major influence in making this type of music popular and was given the nickname the “Hillbilly Cat.” Buddy Holly is another name that comes to mind when you think of rockabilly.

Other types of country music or sounds are: Nashville Sound, Cowboy (Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers) Bakersfield Sound, Western Swing (Bob Wills), Country Rock, Outlaw, Cajun, Texas/Red Dirt, and country rap to name a few.

“The Many Colors of Country” concert will take place at the Historic Palace Theatre on Main Street in Crossville on Monday, May 13. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Threads of Hope Thrift store located at 230 Woodmere Mall on Main Street or reserved by debit or credit card — call 931-707-2273.