Bulletin Staff Report
A couple of country superstars will headline this year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and excitement seemed to explode among volunteers when the names Billy Currington and Jack Ingram were announced.
Currington, whose album “Doin Something Right” has sold over a million copies, will top the bill on Saturday and Ingram will headline Friday’s concert lineup.
“Each year we’ve been able to draw some of the rising stars of country music to the Reunion and we’re so excited about this year’s headliners. We really feel like we’ve rolled lucky sevens with this year’s lineup,” said Randee Green, the Reunion’s executive director. “This is our seventh year and we’ve had seven great concert lineups.”
A Georgia native, Currington grew up listening to Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and the Statler Brothers, all favorites of his parents.
“The first album I ever got was Kenny Rogers which my mom gave me for Christmas when I was 10,” Currington’s Web site confirms. “After that I went out and bought every one of them and played them all the time.”
As a sign of his admiration, Currington included a cover of Rogers’ hit “Lucille” on his latest album. He also co-wrote four of the songs on the album including “Why, Why, Why,” “Here I Am,” “Whole Lot More” and “She’s Got A Way With Me.” The third single from the album, “Good Directions,” is currently No. 4 on the country charts.
Fans of CMT might remember Currington from his duet video of “Party for Two” with Shania Twain, which received extensive airplay in 2004 — including an appearance at the 2004 Country Music Awards
Currington plans to release his third album this fall, maybe even in time for this year’s Reunion.
Ingram garnered nationwide attention when he sang the National Anthem during last year’s NBA Finals. He has his own weekly radio show on Dallas station 99.5 The Wolf, which also airs on XM satellite radio.
A Texas native, Ingram began writing songs and playing guitar as a student at SMU and his first single, “Wherever You Are,” reached No. 1 on the charts.
His current album, “This Is It,” features several hits on both the radio and video charts. He has been acclaimed for “his powerful voice, the energy of his live shows, the clever wit of his lyrics and the razor edges of his melodic hooks,” according to his Web site.
“I’ve spent the last year introducing myself to a brand-new audience,” he says on his Web site. “And now it feels like it’s beginning to take hold.”
The Brownwood Reunion Celebration will be held Sept. 14, 15 and 16. For more information about the event and specific volunteer opportunities go to www.BrownwoodTx.com or call Marie Grace, volunteer coordinator, at 643-1442.