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Prescott Opry's final roundup

Courtesy photo/Shari Rowe

Courtesy photo/Shari Rowe

Get out the boots, grab the saddle and get the horses ready for one last run as the Prescott Opry gives its final performance on Thursday, Oct. 8. Held at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. at 7 p.m., the show will include performances by Keenan Hammack, Shari and Kevin Rowe, Denny Kuller and the usual appearances by Brush Arbor Revival and Ed Gary.

The Rowes have been performing since they first met and started playing country music five years ago, Shari said, mentioning that she was raised in Arizona and on country music.

"I grew up camping all over the state," she said, adding her father would drive "with the windows down, playing all the old standards."

Shari and Kevin met while they were each looking to form a band, she said. They hit the ground running and haven't looked back.

Shari said she loves the whole process of creating and that performing in front of people is all about connecting with the audience. For Shari, that connectedness comes from the moment she's on stage and can feel when the music is reaching the audience.

Shari said she's honored to be performing for the final Opry and is sad that it's ending.

"I wanted to get as many people to come and experience it," she said.

Kuller has been playing music since he was 14 years old, but it wasn't until he came to Arizona that he started performing country tunes.

Kuller plays at Dry Gulch Steakhouse and said he enjoys playing the old fashioned kind of music, stating there's still a market for it.

"I found a home and don't have to travel all over the road," he said. "I like being in Prescott."

He has a CD coming out near the end of the year. Kuller said his producer is Mark Anthony and he's recording it at Prescott Recording and Sound. He also said it's going to be better than his 2012 album, "No Direction Home" because it will have more songs that he wrote.

Country music tells stories and he writes his songs by observing, he said.

"A lot of stories come from watching," he said. "That's really what it is, just telling stories."

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.

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