Bright Nights in June Gala: Classic Country
Gala Featuring The Legend of George Jones with Duane Steele
Special guest Tom Cole
June 8 @ 6:30pm
Be part of a special tribute to the man considered to be the greatest country singer of all time – George Jones. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, “the Possum” evolved from a young honky-tonker to a music icon as he recorded more than 150 albums and became the symbol of traditional country music. His music continues to inspire artists of all genres. Award-winning singer/songwriter Duane Steele and his band will take you on a journey of Jones’ life through stories and songs. Steele will sing the hits of Jones that spanned five decades including his duets with Tammy Wynette to the No.1 country song of all time “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. You’ll also hear the stories of Jones’ life which echoed the country songs he sang – filled with success, failure, hard-drinking and heartbreak. The Legend of George Jones is a must-see for Jones fans and country fans alike.
“A Great Night of Stories and Songs” – CTV Television
About Duane Steele
Tom Cole, a local country music treasure has graciously agreed to return to Bright Nights in June to start the evening off right. This is Tom’s 4th appearance at Bright Nights in June and we are glad that he is able to be with us again this year.
Tom Cole is a larger than life, tall drink of water (6ft 6in), that can quench your thirst for country music like no one else! His rich baritone voice was made to sing cowboy songs. His approach to the music makes the listener believe every word he sings. Tom has reached into the hearts of audiences all over Western Canada and continues to touch people with his music wherever he goes.
Tom grew up in Rose Prairie. His father ran a Community Pasture for the Forestry while raising his own cattle on their ranch beside the Beatton River. It was a natural thing to enter the rodeo circuit with his friends as a teenager, but Tom claims the only prize he ever took home was a bruise or two. After traveling to the city to do his country music recordings he decided to move to Calgary to be closer to the industry and perform with his band Cole Cole Heart. In 1992 Tom garnered “The CMAC Most Promising Artist” award and in 1994 the band took away “Group Of The Year.”
After almost seven years of touring Tom moved back home and is spending more time with his wife, daughter and son. He still performs on the festival and convention circuit during the summer along with the western music circuit of Cowboy Gathering and Festivals.