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10/10/2013 8:03:00 AM
Prescott Opry to headline Shari Rowe: Chino Valley teen, Sweet Adelines also on the program Thursday
Courtesy photoShari Rowe, who won the Independent Music Awards’ best country song honors this year, performs at the Prescott Opry Thursday at the Elks Opera House.
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Shari Rowe, who won the Independent Music Awards’ best country song honors this year, performs at the Prescott Opry Thursday at the Elks Opera House.
Karen Despain
Special to the Review

Shari Rowe, who burns the road up between gigs in Nashville and her home in the Valley, headlines the Prescott Opry show at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Elks Opera House.

In fact, Rowe just recently returned from the southern city where she is a regular performer, and she eagerly relates that the number 1 cut from her latest recording, "Silly Boy," won her the Independent Music Awards' Best Country Song of 2013.

She describes her music as "country, with a pop rock edge and a little bit of blue grass in it, as well." Essentially, her melodies have "good country roots," she said of her songwriting.

Rowe will bring her band to the show, and the ensemble includes her husband, Kevin, on bass, Alan Wells on acoustics and man-dolin, Sean Brainard on acoustics and background vocals, and Jon Montoya on drums and percussion.

An added treat will be the appearance of Rowe's daughter, Ashley, who will be doing some harmonies with her mother and Brainard.

Rowe grew up singing harmonies with her sister Mary Beth Reed, and then they teamed up with sister-in-law Jalann Marshall, toured extensively for years in the United States and Canada and recorded albums on the Q-Atlantic Records label.

During their set, Rowe and her group will perform "Silly Boy," "Don't Wanna Leave," a song Rowe wrote about her favorite camping spots in the White Mountains, and "Southern Spells."

Those who want to hear "Silly Boy" can go to Rowe's Facebook page, facebook.com/sharirowe.official page, for a free download.

The Opry show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $25 and are available at the Elks Opera House box office, 777-1370, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by logging onto www.elksoperahouse.com.

Other stars of the evening will be featured youth performer Matt Tatum, a Chino Valley High School junior and a member of Sharlot Hall Museum's Generation youth musical group, and also the Song of the Pines Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

Tatum, who has appeared on the Opry stage before, got hooked on music because "my grandfather played the guitar all around me when I was younger," he said.

While he has played other instruments, the mandolin grabbed him when he was in the eighth grade. Before that, when he was in the seventh grade string band, he played violin. "I was terrible at it. It was absolutely the worst." When the mandolin caught his ear, he told his teacher, "I want to play the mandolin; that's all I wanted to do."

He will entertain Thursday's audience with blue grass tunes, "Blackberry Blossom," "Jerusalem Ridge," and "Orange Blossom Special."

Tatum likes blue grass, he said, because "it makes ne feel like I just want to dance. It's a fun-sounding genre of music."

Song of the Pines music director Suzy Lobaugh said the chorus will sing a medley saluting America's armed forces, a comedic tune, "Where or When," and a gospel song among others in the group's two sets.

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