Tuesday afternoon, the Western Activities Council announced the names of the performers for Western’s spring concert.
The student body can anticipate seeing country music star Blake Shelton and his opening act, Joey and Rory, at the Civic Arena at 8 p.m. on April 9 for the 2009 WAC spring concert.
Director of Student Engagement Don Willis was pleased to receive this news.
“Blake Shelton is an established star, and Joey & Rory are rising stars with a local tie,” Willis said. “We think our students and the community will be excited about this show.”
Sandy Rogers, student development program coordinator, was excited to hear students in the CSE buzzing about the newly announced country stars.
“Students who are country fans seem excited about Blake Shelton – they know his songs,” Rogers said. “Several of the students who are in CSE and are WAC members seemed really excited.”
Keisha Caldwell, vice president and president elect of WAC, was excited about the news. It had been a long, and, at times, frustrating process, and she is glad to finally have this settled.
“I’m happy that by mid-February we actually got the artist,” Caldwell said. “I came into the office this morning and what do you know – Tuesday morning we got a concert.”
Caldwell said that when searching for country singers to perform for this year’s concert, she talked with some of her friends and co-workers in the CSE to get ideas about who was popular in the country music industry among students.
“Actually, I didn’t know too much about country,” Caldwell said. “When I talked to them, they kind of helped us figure out who was popular.”
When he first stepped into the music industry in 2001, Shelton spent five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His song, “Austin,” produced two more top 20 hits. Shelton has since then charted 14 singles on the country charts. His most recent song, released in 2009, is probably “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.”
American country music duo Joey & Rory – consisting of husband and wife Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek – are most famous for their album’s lead-off single “Cheater, Cheater.” This song entered the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts. Joey is the lead vocalist while Rory is the guitarist who sings background vocals.