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Tribute group to play country superstars' hits at "Nashville Country Roadshow" Sunday

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Pete Williams leads a tribute band that will perform songs by country music legends at the Elks Opera House 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 777-1370 or log onto www.elksoperahouse.com.

Courtesy photo<br> Pete Williams leads a tribute band that will perform songs by country music legends at the Elks Opera House 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 777-1370 or log onto www.elksoperahouse.com.

Fans of country music can hop on the road to Nashville during a concert Sunday, May 19, that promises to bring the music of the greatest artists of all time to the Elks Opera House.

"The Nashville Country Roadshow" starts at 7 p.m., with tickets ranging from $22 to $25. For advance tickets, call the opera house box office at 777-1370 or log onto www.elksoperahouse.com. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the performance.

Lead singer of the performance is Pete Williams, along with Rachel Murray, who will also sing country tunes. The seven-piece band's drummer, David Schreck, created the Nashville tribute, which pays homage to such superstars as Patsy Cline, Travis Tritt, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Hank Williams Sr., George Strait, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks.

The focus of the show will reflect the history of country music, from its early days to 2000, with some special attention paid to George Jones in light of his recent death, Schreck said. The concert will include a little more of his melodies to honor the legacy he left in the world of country music.

A native of New Jersey, Williams grew up with the sounds of country, because his parents were fans of this music style, and even though he performed all genres, "I've come back to my roots," he says of The Nashville Country Roadshow.

Schreck adds, "I love the history of it. Country is American music - the truest of American music. It's American folk music - true and true."

"No matter where you go, you find country," Williams said.

The evening's play list will entertain the audience with medleys, snippets from country hits and some full songs, all provoking emotion and feeling - 80 years of a genre in one show, Williams and Schreck said. Songs will include "At Folsom Prison," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Crazy," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Friends in Low Places," and others from the concert's ensemble of different voices that sound like the superstars whose music each sings.

The Nashville Country Roadshow also features fiddler Jessica Vaughan, lead guitarist Josh Blixt, bass player Paul Mueller and Greg Ansel on piano and acoustic and steel guitar.

The Nashville Country Roadshow bunch has been together as musicians for a year and just returned for a successful tour in Texas.

"When I put the group together, I knew who I wanted," Schreck said. "This is the perfect lineup."

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