Music for the murals

January 8, 2018

PORTSMOUTH — Tickets are on sale now for a star-studded concert of famed area natives all coming home to raise money for the Portsmouth Floodwall Murals.

The Glockner Family of Dealerships and WNXT Radio present a Country Music Highway Live concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare Sr., as well as 15-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Nashville songwriter Rick Ferrell and pianist Jacob Tolliver, who was selected to be the understudy for the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Las Vegas production of “Million Dollar Quartet” and who most recently was on Season 14 of “American Idol.”

Tickets range from $35 to $85 for the concert at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, 940 2nd St, Portsmouth, Ohio. Contact the McKinley Box Office for seating and ticket information at 740-351-3600 or info@vrcfa.com.

Funds raised go to Portsmouth’s Floodwall

Mural Project, a series of history-depicting 20-foot-high and 2,000-foot-long floodwall murals painted since 1992 by Lafayette, Louisiana, native Robert Dafford.

Recognized as one of the world’s largest artworks by a single artist, the Portsmouth Flood Murals depict a visual history of the Portsmouth area, from the Mound Builders, to famed sports figures such as Branch Rickey, and the Portsmouth Spartans (original members of the NFL and now the Detroit Lions), to the 1937 Flood as well as famous natives such as Roy Rogers and Jesse Stuart. Go online at http://www.portsmouthohiomurals.com/murals.php for more info.

It is a rare regional performance for Bare, the Pedro, Ohio, native who in 2018 celebrates 60 years in the music business. The Shawnee State date is only one of a handful of dates for Bare in the new year.

In 2017, the Country Music Hall of Famer, best known for such songs as “Detroit City,” and who has had more than 30 Top 20 hits, released a new recording, “Things Change,” which featured a new duet of “Detroit City” with Chris Stapleton. Rolling Stone also honored Bare as one of the “100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time” in 2017.

A native of nearby Lawrence County, Kentucky, Skaggs struck his first chords on a mandolin more than 50 years ago, and the 15-time Grammy Award winner continues to lead the recent roots revival in music with his Skaggs Family Records label as one of the most decorated bluegrass and country artists.

Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ferrell signed a deal with Steven Spielberg’s company, Dreamworks, shortly after moving to Nashville. As a songwriter, Ferrell has been equally successful in his endeavors. Superstar Tim McGraw struck gold when he chose to record Ferrell’s song titled “Something Like That” and took it to No. 1 on the Billboard chart for five weeks in a row. The song continues to be a mainstay on radio stations worldwide. Martina McBride also topped the charts with Ferrell’s power ballad “Where Would You Be.” Ferrell, who continues to tour as an indie country artist, has had cuts with such artists as Earl Thomas Conley and Eddie Raven to contemporary artist such as Montgomery Gentry, Julianne Hough and Jason Michael Carroll.

Go online at https://vrcfa.com/events/mural-benefit-concert-tolliver-ferrell-bare-ricky-scaggs-kentucky-thunder/for more info on the concert.