Cohen Community Series
Singer Tracy Lawrence, who helped shape the sound of country music during the last 20 years, will perform on Saturday, May 3, at Johnson County Community College.
The country star will appear at 8 p.m. in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall. His appearance is being supported by the college's Cohen Community Series.
Tickets, which are $30 and $40, are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or online.
Lawrence has one of the most recognizable voices in country music. He has sold more than 13 million albums. Twenty-two of his songs hit the Billboard Top 10 charts and 18 singles hit No. 1.
Songs such as "Paint Me a Birmingham," "Time Marches On," Alibis," and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," have inspired a whole generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits.
Lawrence's latest album, "Headlights, Taillights and Radios," shows off a new side of him, one that could ignite a new generation. It carries a signature meaning for the artist: "Headlights" look to the future, "Taillights" celebrate the past and "Radios" pay tribute to his success as one of the most-played artists on country radio.
The new album is a testament to how his music continues to evolve. The 11-song collection features some of his most progressive music to date.
While recording the album, Lawrence knew that he needed to push the envelope and take his creativity to a new level.
"We ended up recording the album in two parts – that's just how it worked out," Lawrence said.
"I started recording in the direction to make a more traditional country record. But as time progressed, I needed to explore and challenge myself musically. I wanted to go deeper and try a more edgy and progressive sound that reflected where I was going next. The combination really worked well for me and I think it will appeal to many different types of country music fans."
The Cohen Community Series was inaugurated in 2008 through a gift from Jon Stewart, a member of the JCCC board of trustees, college alumnus and former president of Metcalf Bank in honor of the late Barton P. Cohen, president of Metcalf Bancshares, vice chairman and general counsel of Metcalf Bank and an attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP.Previous presenters have included Vince Gill, Phil Vassar, Diamond Rio, George Will and Marcus Buckingham. All proceeds from these events go to JCCC scholarships and educational programs.