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Michelle Wright, Tom Wurth at McHaffey Opera House

Oct 17, 2017

ELDON — A two-evening acoustic musical event featuring ACM and CCMA Multiple Award Winning Artist Michelle Wright and Grammy© nominated artist Tom Wurth, is set at the historic McHaffey Opera House in Eldon.

The shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Meet and greet opportunities will be available with both Nashville artists directly after Wright’s performance.

Tickets are available for each show at $20 Tickets are available at the McHaffey Opera House from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, in the Libertyville Savings Bank lobby in Eldon during business hours and online at www.TomWurth.com/Store.

Michelle Wright has been drawing rave reviews for her expressive voice and her distinctive style since her 1988 debut CD “Do Right By Me.” Over the ensuing years, she has released monumentally successful albums in the United States and Canada and enjoys an international career, one that has seen her grace concert stages across North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and Asia.

Wright has amassed 25 Top Ten radio hits in her homeland of Canada and walked to podiums in music centers like Los Angeles and Toronto to accept more than 40 major awards. She is the first Canadian born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America (“Take It Like A Man”, 1992) and a No. 1 video on CMT USA (“Take It Like A Man”, 1992), and to win a major U.S. music industry award (Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist, 1993). In September 2011, she was honored with induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Grammy-nominated artist Tom Wurth has four albums to his credit that have garnered three Top 30 singles including, “Bread on the Table,” “Good Ground,” and “If The Road Runs Out.” On each album he has chosen songs that speak to his desire to deliver sustainable and real music to his fans. He pulls his sound from country, soul, gospel and R&B.

Wurth’s latest album, “A Different Soul,” was coproduced by one of Nashville’s top sound engineers, T.W. Cargile, and Tony Coleman (B.B. King’s drummer for 30 years and currently on tour with Jamey Johnson.) The project features “Where I Belong” a Wurth co-write with Vince Gill. Gill also sat in on vocals and played guitar for the album. T. Graham Brown and Wurth joined forces in a soulful number for the project and John Ford Coley teamed up with him on two songs on this project.

Wright and Wurth’s diverse backgrounds also show striking similarities in their roots. Wright hails from a small Canadian farming community near Chatham, Ontario, while Wurth is from the northwest Iowa farming community of Marcus. She was raised with country music as her parents were performers and Wurth’s parents started him early with country standards and classics. Wright grew up 45 minutes from Detroit and infused R&B and Motown into her sound, while Wurth has always been drawn to soulful sounds and the blues, recently playing with awarded blues players at B.B. King’s Nashville creating his own unique sound of country and blues.

Together Wright and Wurth have also collaborated on songwriting and, with this event, will share the same stage for the first time.

For more information, call McHaffey Opera House at 641-652-7510.

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