Concert Featuring Music Of John Denver Should Be Quite A Treat

“Well life on the farm is kinda laid back, Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack. It’s early to rise, early in the sack. Thank God I’m a country boy.” — John Denver


Austin Moss and Merry McGee, both freshmen at Payson High School, took part in the Southwest Behavioral Health teen dance.

Austin Moss and Merry McGee, both freshmen at Payson High School, took part in the Southwest Behavioral Health teen dance.

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And “Thank God” the Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing us country folk what promises to be yet another outstanding two-hour concert.

Next Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., the TCCA will present Jim Curry’s “Take Me Home — John Denver” tribute in the Payson High School Auditorium. Tickets are $35 at the door. Students are free with an accompanying adult.

The biography on Jim Curry’s Web site says, “In his early singing years, Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.

“Jim is not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance.

“His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “I’m Sorry” and “Calypso” fill the room. His compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature, is an unforgettable show that will truly ‘fill up your senses.’”

I think we’re in for quite a treat.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf in Roswell, New Mexico, on Dec. 31, 1943, the “real” John Denver was raised in an Air Force family and grew up in various regions of the southwestern U.S. As a teen, his grandmother presented him with a 1910 Gibson acoustic guitar, and while attending Texas Tech University he began performing at local clubs.

Adopting the stage surname “Denver” in tribute to the Rocky Mountain area he so cherished, he dropped out of college in 1964 to relocate to Los Angeles. There he joined the Chad Mitchell Trio, a major draw on the hootenanny circuit of the early 1960s, but in the twilight of their career at the time of Denver’s arrival.

Denver exited the group in 1969 to pursue a solo career and found success with his million dollar hits, “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song” (a tribute to his wife) and “Sunshine On My Shoulders.”

Tragically, on Oct. 12, 1997, Denver was killed when his experimental aircraft suddenly crashed. He was 53.

This week’s music trivia question is: Complete the following lyrics from John Denver’s 1975 No. 1 hit, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”: “Well a simple kinda life never did me no harm, a raisin’ me a family and …”

Are the ending lyrics: A) milkin’ in the barn, B) workin’ on the farm, C) not givin’ a darn, or D) tellin' quite a yarn?

This week, if you are the fifth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to next week’s “Take Me Home — John Denver” concert, courtesy of the Tonto Community Concert Association.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Who was the pianist, who in 1955, made his instrumental version of “Autumn Leaves” a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Pop Chart, the only piano instrumental to reach the top spot and remain in that position for four weeks.

Was this famous pianist A) Roger Whittaker, B) Roger Williams, C) Roger Miller, or D) Roger Maris?

The correct answer was Roger Williams. Roger Whittaker was an adult contemporary singer who is probably best remembered for his rich baritone voice and his 1975 hit “The Last Farewell.” Roger Miller was a 1960s country music singer who enjoyed success on both the country and pop charts, with such hits “King Of The Road,” “Chug-A-Lug” and “Dang Me.” Roger Maris was a left-handed slugger for the New York Yankees, who in 1961 hammered out 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth’s 1927 single season record of 60 round-trippers.

Congratulations to this past week’s second-time music trivia winner, Doug Bailey of Payson, who won a CD of his choice.

I hope to see you at the “Take Me Home — John Denver” concert. It should be a good one.

DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482

Website: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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