July 07--INDIANA -- The first-time appearance of one country star and the return of another will help to raise funds for Indiana County law enforcement agencies.
The 40th annual Country Music Show, sponsored by Fraternal Order of Police Rhododendron Lodge 33, will be held at 1 and 6 p.m.July 20 at the Indiana County Fairgrounds at Mack Park in Indiana.
This year's featured performers are country music singer and songwriter Phil Vassar and Nashville sensation Larry Frick.
The fundraiser benefits all police departments in Indiana County, including borough police, the county sheriff's department and IUP campus police.
"Phil Vassar has never been to the area," event co-chairman Mike Strineka said. "I think he's been to Pittsburgh. He's a crossover, and I think everyone has heard his signature song 'Just Another Day in Paradise.'
"Larry Frick was here a few years ago, and he's back by popular demand. He's laid-back and more traditional country."
Vassar has seen the release of eight albums, won two Songwriter of the Year trophies from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, was named Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year and had many hits as a singer and songwriter.
He has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like "Carlene," "Last Day of My Life" and "American Child."
Songs by Vassar that other artists have taken to No. 1 include "My Next Thirty Years" and "For a Little While" by Tim McGraw, "She's Right on the Money" by Alan Jackson, "Little Red Rodeo" by Collin Raye and "Bye, Bye" and "I'm Alright" by Jo Dee Messina.
New artist David Nail had a hit with Vassar's song "The Sound of a Million Dreams," which Billboard named the
No. 1 song in its Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.
Frick grew up in Louisburg, North Carolina, singing and loving all kinds of music, especially country. He formed a band and became a regular onstage at one of country music's best known clubs, The Longbranch of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Frick appeared at the CMA Fest New Faces Show 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.
His hits include "Country Girl's World," "Our Song," "Six Pack," "Outside the Lines," "Angel" and "It's Raining."
There will be grandstand seating at the concert, and some seating will be available on the racetrack.
Tickets, which are $22.50 in advance and $25 at the gate, can be charged by phone and picked up at a will-call window at the box office or can be purchased the day of the show by cash, check or credit card, Strineka said.
Those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be collected by the Salvation Army.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at @RuthRiceTD.
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