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Patsy, Loretta, Johnny and Hank

It's impossible to crown any one performer as country music's biggest star, but Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would be near the top of any list. Each broke barriers and changed country music and popular culture forever.

It's impossible to crown any one performer as country music's biggest star, but Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would be near the top of any list. Each broke barriers and changed country music and popular culture forever.

"Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks" is a new revue that presents songs of the classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and careers. The show is presented by the Central Lakes College (CLC) Cultural Arts Series, and will appear for one night only at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

"This is a different kind of show from what I've put on our stage," said Series Producer Patrick Spradlin. "It's country music, which I have yet to present but have heard from many of our audience members that this is what they'd like to see here."

The show features two country/bluegrass performers from Madison, Wis., Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins. They're supported by fellow musicians Rick Nass, Pete Olig and Mark Luhring. Their show highlights the lives and music of four of the country music world's most famous and influential artists, using a multi-media presentation along with live performance of some of their most beloved songs.

Audiences will be treated to songs such as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I Walk the Line," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Coal Miner's Daughter." These and other popular tunes are performed by two first-class musicians with solid country and bluegrass pedigrees.

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Jami Lampkins hails from Las Vegas, where she learned the ropes of the music business playing with her family bluegrass band. The Lampkins Family Band toured regionally and shared the stage with major country and bluegrass acts. Lampkins is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing the guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass as well as a seasoned singer. While testing the career waters in Nashville, Lampkins was a finalist in USA Network's "Nashville Star" competition. While in Nashville she lent her talents to several bands and found a mentor in the great country artist Gail Davies. With Davies' help, Lampkins was able to realize a life-long ambition to perform on the Grand Ole Opry Stage.

Tom Waselchuk has been a professional musician in Madison for three decades playing a diverse number of music styles: Bluegrass (Stone Oak Bluegrass Band), mainstream jazz (Full Count Jazz Band), Irish and World (Katzenjammers, Rubato Brothers), and rock and roll (Marcy and the Highlights). Waselchuk recently completed a 10 year association playing Gypsy swing music with the national and international touring quartet, Harmonious Wail. As a sideman and multi-instrumentalist, including guitar, pedal steel guitar and bass Waselchuk has worked with many of Madison's top players and bands including Cris Plata, Jackie Allen, Doug Brown, Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines.

Spradlin said, "Waselchuk and Lampkins' new musical revue cleverly weaves the lives of four of the most famous of country music stars into a show that invites the audience into the private lives of these stars, showcases their hits with top quality musical skill, and helps to bring back memories in an exciting and new way. Jami Lampkins is a star with a powerful voice that captures the essence of these famous women."

Tickets for "Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks" are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199 or online at www.clcmn.edu/arts . Reserved seating tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for youth/students. The show is sponsored in part by the CLC Graphic Design program.​

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