It was a great show Friday night at the Country Tonite Theater as Jimmy Fortune and T. Graham Brown performed at the Celebrity Series.
Any show at the Country Tonite Theater is a great show – the theater is beautiful, the sound and lighting is fabulous, and the people at the theater are great hosts – but the Celebrity Series allows them to spotlight some of Country music’s finest classic performers. And two of country’s finest performed at the Country Tonite Theater on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Jimmy Fortune was the opening act. Jimmy was with the Statler Brothers for over a decade until they retired eleven years ago. They called him “the little guy on the end”. Jimmy not only provided the clear, sweet, multi-ranged voice, but he also wrote several hits including Elizabeth. When my wife met Jimmy backstage she said to him, “I didn’t know that you wrote Elizabeth. He said, “I did, but she never wrote back”. My wife and I burst out laughing which was his intent as he is a gracious, engaging man in addition to being a talented singer/song-writer.
Jimmy’s voice is as clear and strong as it was when he was singing with the Statler Brothers, and now that he has a solo career, he has added new songs that he has written to a few standards from the Statler’s and a couple of gospel tunes including a powerful rendition of How Great Thou Art!
When T. Graham Brown came out on stage I told my wife that he looked like a cross between Nick Nolte and Kenny Rogers. His voice was closer to Kenny Rogers with good range and strong vocals. One of the nicer things about the Celerity Series is that performers feel right at home on the Country Tonite stage, and they open up about their lives on and off the road. T. Graham told stories about George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens and Minnie Pearl, all to the delight of the audience.
The $35.00 price per ticket is a real bargain in this day and time and believe me you get way more than you pay for. The next show is July 5th with Sawyer Brown and believe me, we’ll be there!