Originally Published: May 29, 2014 6:01 a.m.
Top country hits in a package called "Nashville Gold" will be heard in Prescott Saturday at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
The music starts at 7 p.m., with lead singer Pete Williams heading up the show, which promises to thread some history of country music into the performance.
Williams, who lives in Scottsdale, began fine-tuning his singing talents in karaoke stints with friends. He also took classes in vocal performance and musical theater at Scottsdale Community College and that "propelled" him into the music field, he said.
He met other entertainers in his classes and played in cover bands around the Valley, often at the invitation of his teachers, who performed with TAD, he said.
"I kept rolling with opportunities that came to me," he said.
Performing country is a natural for Williams, because his parents were fans of the genre.
"It's been with me since I was young," he said. "It is my first love."
Joining Williams in the performance will be Paige Danner on vocals, Cathie King on fiddle, Greg Ansel on vocals, keyboard and acoustic guitar, Dave Schreck on drums, Rick Travis on vocals and bass and Sergio Nevarez on guitar.
"Nashville Gold," a production of TAD Management, will feature the tunes of George Strait, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, with such songs as "All MyExes Live in Texas," "Friends in Low Places," "Islands in the Stream," and "Your Cheatin' Heart."
Tickets to "Nashville Gold" are $22-$25. Buy them at the Elks box office by calling 777-1370 or going online to www.prescottelkstheater.com.
The "Nashville Gold" ensemble will be recording a video for the TAD website, so Williams invites anyone who might want a chance to be in that video to show up for the country music concert.