Get Your Season Concert Tickets

The Diamonds

The Diamonds


Time is running short! The reduced early bird subscription price for season tickets for the 2013-2014 Tonto Community Concert Association concert season will expire the end of this month.

June 30 marks the final date that you can purchase season tickets for the reduced rate of $85. Subscription applications can be picked up at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Public Library. Or call me if you’d like and I’ll make sure you get the subscription form before the early bird price runs out.

Your season pass gives you admission to all eight concerts, from September through May that will be held in the Payson High School Auditorium. Performers from all over the United States will be coming to Payson, including the 1950s doo-wop group The Diamonds, Hal Linden of “Barney Miller” fame, The Phantom of the Opera star Franc D’Ambrosio and 1990s country music Top 10 artist John Berry.

For my money, the $85 season ticket price is really quite a deal.

This week’s question

This week’s question is: Can you name the Kentucky born and raised singer/songwriter/guitarist who sang the 1975 country hit “Deal”?

This artist worked as a deejay on WMOR in Morehead, Ky. and hosted the “Pop Goes the Country” TV series. He often went by the nickname “The Storyteller.”

From 1967-1986, this popular country artist charted 54 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country chart, 21 of which made it into the Top 10 and seven that went to No. 1, which included “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine,” “A Week in a Country Jail” and “I Love.”

Is this country “Deal” artist A) Tom T. Hall, B) Merle Haggard, C) Waylon Jennings or D) Don Williams?

Be caller number five this week and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre of music.

Last week’s question

This past week’s question asked if you could name the country-pop crossover artist who recorded the song “The Strawberry Roan,” which appeared on his 1959 album “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs.”

In all, this artist had 16 No. 1 hits. His 1959 hit “El Paso” topped both the country and pop charts. Some of his other top hits were “Singing the Blues,” “Devil Woman” and “A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation).”

The choices were A) Johnny Horton, B) Sonny James, C) Marty Robbins or D) Jimmy Dean.

The correct answer was Marty Robbins (born Martin David Robinson).

The other three artist choices were also popular pop-country crossover artists in the 1950s-’60s, each having a hit that reached No. 1 on both charts — Sonny James with “Young Love” (1957), Johnny Horton with “The Battle of New Orleans” (1959) and Jimmy Dean with “Big Bad John” (1961).

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, LeAnn Stimson, who won a CD of Marty Robbins’ greatest hits.

A little about LeAnn: She was born in Ogden, Utah, but with a Navy career father, her family moved all over America. For most of her adult life, LeAnn worked for the United States government.

LeAnn and her husband, Jerry, whom she met square dancing, live primarily in Tucson, but spend time in the warmer months RVing at the Payson campground. LeAnn said, “We just love the Rim Country area and now we’re looking for a quaint little cabin to call our summer home.”

In LeAnn’s spare time, she enjoys art, theater, traveling, fund-raising for dog rescue organizations and painting. (I have seen a picture of her work. She is phenomenally talented.) She and Jerry are members of the Presbyterian Church.

LeAnn says her favorite music genres are Western, classic country and classical guitar. Her three favorite artists are Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and the Sons of the Pioneers.

A couple of final notes

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from this past Saturday’s classy and fun wedding at the Mazatzal Casino between Karen Scott and Jay Hillmer. Karen worked for a number of years as the director of nursing at Payson Care Center before recently moving to the Valley.

Also, the fourth of the free concerts under the stars at Green Valley Park will take place this Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the five-member group, Breaking Point, returning for a second year to provide the entertainment.

Arnold Martinez, who now lives in Payson, formed the band 15 years ago in the Valley. He told me, “Our group is really excited to play again in Payson this year. We’ll be playing some of the top hits of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, along with some country, blues jazz and some Latin music thrown in, as well. A little bit for everyone.”

I hope you have a wonderful night listening to the music, dancing, socializing and stargazing at beautiful Green Valley Park.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

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