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May Opry features J. David Sloan, Song of the Pines



Looks like the truck won't start again. But that doesn't mean that the night needs to be spent in the honkytonk. Rather, spend Thursday, May 14, at the Prescott Opry, once again at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. This month will see performances by Song of the Pines, J. David Sloan and Sarah Peacock along with the usual sets by Brush Arbor Revival and Ed Gary.

Suzy LoBaugh, Song of the Pines director, said the group has been around for 53 years, getting together all those years ago out of a desire to sing a Capella barbershop. "What we are known for is being a performing chorus," LoBaugh said. "We sing a variety of music."

LoBaugh said that the group has mini packages that are theme-oriented. She said the group's first set centers on the sisterhood of singing together and the second set is more inspirationally oriented.

LoBaugh also said that she is a third-generation singer with the Song of the Pines, noting that her mother and grandmother sang with the group. "I grew up with it," she said. "I was weaned on harmony."

And these days, LoBaugh's sister sings, as does her daughter, with a similar group in Baltimore.

Also performing in this month's Opry is Sloan, who has been performing country music for almost 50 years, since he was 12 years old. Sloan said he got his musical start when his family would get together to play on Sunday afternoons. Eventually, he wound up on Jack Beasley's Oklahoma television show.

Sloan said he just loves to perform, "especially songs with really good lyrics. I like to make people feel something."

Sloan also voiced his hopes that those who were familiar with his performances in Mr. Lucky's in Phoenix will come out and enjoy the show. He performed there for 32 years.

The Prescott Opry will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. Tickets are $12 for seniors, $15 for adults, and $17 for Opera Box seats; they are available online at or by calling the box office at 928-777-1370. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

- by Jason Wheeler, The Daily Courier

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