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John Anderson goes acoustic at Sondheim

Oct 20, 2017

John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers ever to step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of Nashville music. This treasure goes pure acoustic 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

An influence to many of today’s country artists, a colorful character and country music icon, Anderson has enjoyed a 40-year career chartering more than 40 singles, 20 reaching the top 10 and seven No. 1 hits: “Wild and Blue,” “Swingin’,” “Black Sheep,” “Straight Tequila Night,” “Seminole Wind,” “Money in the Bank,” and “I Wish I Could Have Been There.”

Anderson is a seasoned and improved model of the same tried-and-true, dyed-in-the-wool country vocalist who has brought a renewed beauty and elegance to the twin-fiddle, steel guitar tradition of the old-time honky-tonk balladeer. His trophy case features seven major awards including a Grammy, Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Horizon Award and Career Achievement.

“John Anderson is one of those artists who has helped change the course of country music, arguably for the better,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. “He was the first country music concert we had on the Sondheim stage and it’s fitting we have him return in our 10-year celebration season.”

Opening the night of acoustic music is Fairfield’s first couple of song, Steve and Michaela McLain. The McLains, opening act staples for many of the major touring country music artists, are lead singers for the beloved and vaunted Jefferson County Green Band and have played across Iowa sharing their blend of American roots originals and classics, accompanied by acoustical guitar and harmonica.

Tickets for John Anderson Unplugged at the Sondheim are $40 for Zone 1, $35 for Zone 2, $25 for Zone 3, $15 for Zone 4 and $10 for youth and students. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-27878 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

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