Multi-platinum country recording artist Tracy Lawrence will hit the main stage during the ninth annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration, and he is ecstatic.

“I think playing at the Reunion is going to be awesome and fun,” Lawrence said. “I love playing, especially in Texas. There is nothing like it.”

Born in Atlanta, Texas, in 1968, Lawrence and his family moved to Arkansas when he was 4 — but he still considers Texas home.

“Even after we moved, I still came back to Texas a lot,” Lawrence said. “It is where I spent all of my Christmases and visits with family. My aunt still lives in the house I had built for my mother. So being able to play in Brownwood is special because of my roots.”

Lawrence said he will perform for roughly 90 minutes and that the fans in attendance are in “for a good time.”

“We will do just about all of the hits and also try to pull some obscure stuff that folks may not have heard,” Lawrence said. “We have a smokin’ hot band and a great show. It is going to be fun.”

The single “Time Marches On,” a number one single from 1996, is Lawrence’s favorite song to perform.

“I think it is the best country song ever written,” Lawrence said. “It says a lot about life in a short period of time. I was very fortunate to get that song and look forward to performing it for the folks in Brownwood.”

Performing for a live crowd provides Lawrence with the love of the “instant reaction” from fans.

“It is definitely where the excitement comes from,” Lawrence said.

With more than 8 million albums sold and selling at venues around the nation, being able to perform at events like the Brownwood Reunion is still exciting, Lawrence said.

“I don’t care if it is 200 people there, or 20,000 people there,” Lawrence said. “I just want to play. We work and we enjoy it. We love it. That is why we perform. All in all, this is my job and we have a crew and a lot of people that have to feed their families.”

Fans in attendance will also hear tracks from “The Rock,” an inspirational CD that was several years in the making.

“This album was about trying to find a balance of making a spiritual album without being over the top — but it being about me sending a message of my faith,” Lawrence said. “I will not be waving a Bible from a pulpit anytime soon, but like I said, I just wanted to send a message of my faith, without sounding hypocritical.”

Lawrence said the production of the new album was uplifting.

“It was like being in a Bible study everyday for three months,” Lawrence said. “I came out of it a better husband and father — which is good.”

Lawrence is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

Ticket outlets include Brownwood Music, KOXE, Wendlee Broadcasting, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Heartland Mall and online at www.BrownwoodTX.com. Online purchases offer the only credit card payment option.

Brandon Rhyder will be the headliner on Friday, Sept. 18, and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s will headline the Sunday, Sept. 20, concert.

Children age 10 and under will be admitted free. Free tickets will be available for active duty members of the military with ID, but they must show that military ID at the gate with tickets.

A three-day pass will be available for $35.

No bottles, coolers or personal refreshments will be allowed.

Concert venue gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday on reunion weekend, and at noon on Sunday.

Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Friday night, Sept. 18 — $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The show will be sponsored by TexasBank and KTAB television. Acts featured will be Exit 343, Logan Sharp and Brandon Rhyder.

Saturday night, Sept. 19: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The concert will be sponsored by Kohler Co.- Brownwood and 101.3 KOXE radio. Acts will be Brenda Kay, Moody Crawford and Tracy Lawrence.

Sunday, Sept. 20: $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Sponsors will be The Breeze radio and Bruner Auto Group/Bruner Toyota. Acts will be OSM and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s.