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May 11, 2018
7:30 PM
Allen Public Library - Civic Auditorium
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
Musical group Young Country
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Young Country

Friday, May 11, 2018

Young Country performs original songs of Southwestern songwriters.

Formed in 1970, this Dallas-based band has performed at Poor David’s Club, Hyatt at Lake Tahoe and served on three USO tours to Vietnam.   Their first album Young Country was produced in 1974. 

On banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro, Rick Sparks is currently president of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association and travels the country as a Wernick Method banjo instructor.

On tambourine and vocals, Cheryl Cleavenger appeared on the Mike Douglas show, has been the voice for Blue Bell Ice Cream commercials, and was on various television shows hosted by media personality Ron Chapman.

Former members of the New Generation Singers, Rick and Cheryl also provided back-up vocals for Michael Martin Murphey at his first concert on Austin City Limits.

Singer/songwriter Randy Brooks performs nationally, including at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee.  Composer of the holiday classic “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” Randy plays bass and guitar.  

A member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Johnny Hooper is recognized for his contributions as a writer, producer, guitarist, and vocalist in the field of jingles and commercials.  Johnny fronts the band Mr. Inez, which opened for the Beach Boys last February.

Once a member of the New Christy Minstrels, Rod Phillips plays piano, mandolin, cello, harmonica, flute and vocals.  Touring as a member of Michael Martin Murphey’s band, he had a solo career in Taos, New Mexico, and now in Branson, Missouri.