Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 29, 2012

Thomas to perform April 28

CROSSVILLE — Local country music recording artist Jerry J. Thomas will be performing on Saturday night, April 28, at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville.

Thomas recently recorded his forthcoming CD, "From Tennessee to Texas," in February for Tate Music Group in Mustang, OK. He signed an exclusive recording contract with TMG Music in July 2010. TMG is also home to country music artists Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Rodgers and Neil McCoy.

Thomas wrote five of the songs on this project and it will be released worldwide the end of June or the first part of July. He will be bringing some very close friends with him in the likes of Nashville recording artist and songwriter Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr. Hawkins has had many songs cut by current country music artists such as Ronnie McDowell and has appeared on RFDTV's "Country Family Reunion" series. He is the son of the late, great Hawkshaw Hawkins and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard.

Also appearing on the show will be country music pioneer and Southern Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Moore. Moore began his career in the late 1930s on a local radio show out near his hometown of Anson, Texas. Moore went on to become a member of the Big D Jamboree out of Dallas for many years as well as a member of the world famous Louisiana Hayride. Moore had many recordings throughout the years with his song "15 Acres of Peanut Land" topping the Billboard chart's top 10 in 1959.

Also on the show will be the lovely and talented Connie Lail. Lail hails from the Johnson City area (the birthplace of country music). Lail is a very powerful singer and performer and you will love her entertaining style.

Rounding out the show will be Thomas' top notch band, The Country Connection. These guys hail from all over the state of Tennessee and have worked with countless major artists over the years.

Thomas was born in Ironton, Ohio, in a region of the country that has produced some of country music's major artists such as Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, The Judds, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Paycheck and such. All of them come from within a 100-mile radius of each other so it is no wonder Thomas remains true to his country music roots.

In the early 1960s Thomas and his family moved to Jacksonville, FL, where he went through his schooling. Thomas went to Robert E. Lee High School and grew up with the guys who went on to become Lynyrd Skynyrd.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in September 1975, he started playing music full time around the Southeast. In 1979 he went to work driving the equipment truck for the rock band 38-Special then moved over to bus driver for the Johnny Van Zant Band in 1980. Thomas continued to drive tour buses for various artists up until 1988 when he moved to Crossville. Since 1988, Crossville has remained his hometown of choice for him and his beloved wife, Jaye, and his family. He and Jaye have six children and 13 grandchildren.

Thomas would like to invite all of you to the Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville on Saturday night, April 28, for a night of great country music. This will be the only appearance in 2012 at the Palace. Tickets will go on sale in April and you can purchase them at the Palace Theatre or by calling 484-6133. Tickets will be $10 with $1 off every ticket sold going directly to the Avalon Domestic & Sexual Intervention Center of Crossville. This is a favorite cause of Thomas' because as he states, "Abuse of any kind — verbal, physical, sexual — should never ever be tolerated, period."

So make plans to be with The Country Connection Tour 2012, where you are guaranteed to have a great time. Jerry J. Thomas and The Country Connection Tour will be appearing all over the country in 2012 as well as yet to be inked Ireland and UK concerts coming up for 2012-'13. Jerry J. Thomas & Hawkshaw Hawkins are managed by Lail Productions and Overstreet Management..


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