Cassville becomes country music venue

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A rising star on the country music charts will be performing in Cassville this Saturday, Sept. 17.

John Cody Carter and the Double Down Ranch Band will put on a benefit concert at the Bill Hailey Arena. The K-Mac Ranch Benefit Concert and Rodeo has been planned as a celebration of the lives of the late Ken McGruder, Dennis Caudle, Tyrell Sturgell and Dusty Hodge.

Carter's latest hit, "Don't Walk Out On Me," debuted in March at number 40 on the Texas Music Charts. His CD release, "Don't You Think It's Time," contains 14 songs and received praise from Merle Haggard.

"I am proud to say my wife and I give this record a thumbs up," wrote Haggard in a published review. "For the consumer, there is a lot of love and meaning in the words of the songs. I'm also proud to say that John wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on the record.

"I believe John to be a fine, geniune young man," Haggard continued. "I've had the pleasure of knowing John for many years."

Carter's career highlights include appearing with Haggard on the Austin City Limits television series and performing with Willie Nelson in the movie "Tales Out of Luck."

Saturday's festivities in Cassville begin at 5 p.m. with team roping followed by a calf scramble for youngsters at 6:30 p.m. The actual concert is set to start at 7 p.m. Carter will perform along with special guest, Four In the Corner, a local band.

Jim Fohn will provide free barbecue to concert goers. There is no cost to attend the event, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the concert will benefit four charities: the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch in Lampe; Camp Barnabas in Purdy; HIS

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