Special to the Bulletin

What was in some ways started as an unlucky break turned out to be a very lucky development Tuesday when organizers announced the John Michael Montgomery will headline Saturday night’s concert at this year’s “Lucky No. Seven Brownwood Reunion Celebration.”

“Grammy-award winner and well-known country musician John Michael Montgomery will headline Saturday night and replace Billy Currington,” Reunion Executive Director Randee Green said. “Billy has cancelled all his performances through the end of the year due to an illness.”

But the No. 7 is all about luck and with the bad news, Green said she also got a very exciting offer.

“Our booking agent said that John Michael Montgomery heard about his friend’s illness and offered to step in for him. This is truly a case where something great can happen from a bad situation,” Green said. “We are so excited to have a country superstar with 15 No. 1 singles, and over 16 million albums sold, coming to Brownwood.”

Born in Kentucky, Montgomery arrived on the country music scene in 1993 with his debut album, “Life’s A Dance,” which went on to become the only million-album seller among new country artists that year. The title song hit No. 4 on the charts and its follow-up single “I love the way you love me,” hit No. 1. His second album, “Kickin’ it Up,” hit the top of the country and adult contemporary charts with songs “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “If You Got Love,” and “Rope The Moon.”

His music career has spanned a dozen albums plus a greatest hits package. His most recent single on radio, “Letters from Home,” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 2004.

Tickets for this year’s main stage concerts will go on sale Aug. 15. Ticket packages and prices will be announced next week in the Bulletin as well as online at www.BrownwoodTX.com.

The seventh annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration will take place Sept. 14-16 in downtown Brownwood.