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Arts & Entertainment Country superstars Mandrell, Greenwood hit the stage

Lee Greenwood and Louise Mandrell will perform in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit GreatMountainMusic. com or call (866)273-4615.The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host an evening of unforgettable American music with superstars Lee Greenwood and Louise Mandrell on Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.

Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America’s cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” If he’d never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful, inspiring ballad.

But it is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood’s successful career. With his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting and unparalleled showmanship, Greenwood has been captivating audiences for decades.

Along the way, he has won numerous accolades including two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association and the CMA Song of the Year honor in 1985 for “God Bless the USA.” He won the Top Male Vocal Performance in 1983 for “I.O.U.,” and his lengthy string of hits includes such classics as “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands,” “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose)” and “Dixie Road.”

As proud as he is of “God Bless the USA,” Greenwood is an artist who prefers to look forward, not back, and the artist has a new country album he hopes will appeal to a new generation of country music fans. Greenwood says, “[Music] is always something that brings me joy, and because I have joy in my heart for doing it, I spread the joy to other people.”

Greenwood is accompanied by country music legend Louise Mandrell, an entertainer who exemplifies the word “multi-talented.” A master of multiple instruments, including the drums, accordion, fiddle, and bass guitar, just to name a few, Mandrell has been performing for nearly four decades and has made her mark in the entertainment world by pouring her heart and energy into each and every endeavor.

Mandrell has had an impressive career, working with the legendary Merle Haggard, as a back-up vocalist and as a performer on the weekly variety program, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, showcasing not just Louise’s singing abilities but her instrumental and comedic skills as well. Mandrell also released a string of top 10 hits including “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet,” “Maybe My Baby,” Save Me,” and “Too Hot To Sleep.” Finally, she even opened her own signature theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which immediately became one of the top attractions in the area and where Mandrell was responsible for staging the most attended show in Pigeon Forge throughout its eight-year run.

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to www.GreatMountainMusic. com or call (866)273-4615.


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