Sept. 26--GODFREY -- Ron Young's Nashville Productions is getting back in the saddle to bring more legendary country artists to the River Bend.
For 26 years, Godfrey resident Ron Young has been involved in the country music industry, booking and promoting bands and solo artists, as well as local bands, including Hicktown, Real Street Band and Borderline. From the international stage, Young brought John Conlee, who had the hit "Rose-colored Glasses," Tommy Cash, Aaron Tippin and the late Johnny Paycheck. Now, he's planning a March concert with Moe Bandy with plans to have it at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Young got to know some of country music's big stars after meeting Mickey Gilley in the 1980s, when Gilley did a fund-raiser at LCCC.
"I talked to his booking agent and became friends; he told me a lot about how to get involved in it," Young recalled about how he got started in the music business and subsequently became a good friend of Gilley's.
Recently, Young visited the crooner and the wife of the late musician and comedian Jim Riley at the Mickey Gilley Theater in Branson, Mo. Riley played for Gilley for more than 20 years as a comedian and a musician; he played the keyboard, steel guitar and violin. Young presented a check to Riley's widow, Kelli, in honor of her late husband, who died from complications of cancer in July.
Besides performing at his theater, Gilley again is touring throughout the United States.
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