“Though we are in the heart of the South here in Asheville, there doesn’t seem to be a plethora of country music shows,” reads a release from The Altamont Theatre, “so [we are] beginning to look to fill that void.”
The Altamont will begin its regularly scheduled country tributes next month, with the initial concert — Hanks a Lot: A tribute to the many Hanks of country music — scheduled for Friday, May 22. Additional shows include an ode to Patsy Cline on Friday, June 12, and a nod to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard on Saturday, June 20.
Visit thealtamont.com for event details.
Here are more details on each show from the Altamont:
Friday, May 22 — Hanks A Lot: a tribute to the many Hanks of Country Music, including: Hank Thompson, Hank Snow, Hank Cochran, Hank Penny, Hank Locklin, Hank Garland and of course Hank Williams, Sr.
Friday, June 12 — Sweet Dreamers: a tribute to Patsy Cline, featuring the soulful voices of CaroMia Tiller, Mary Ellen Davis and Cary Fridley, backed by an all-star Asheville band.
Saturday, June 20 — Welcome to Buckersfield: a tribute to the Bakersfield Sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Before the so-called outlaw country movement of the ’70s rose up in response to the conservative country music establishment in Nashville, a working class town in the San Joaquin Valley of southern California was already famous for a harder and louder form of honky-tonk music directly at odds with the terminal slickness of Music City. The Bakersfield Sound was born in the bars and dance halls of that town, and its greatest proponents and performers were Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.