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Country music is dominating Hardin County this summer.
Radcliff has landed country musician David Lee Murphy to headline its Summer Blast concert on June 29. Murphy announced the stop as part of his summer tour on his official website.
Known for hits like “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd,” Murphy’s performance will follow an appearance by Trace Adkins at Fort Knox. Tracy Lawrence also has been scheduled to headline Elizabethtown’s Heartland Festival in late August.
While Murphy’s largest hits were released in the mid 1990s, Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall said he has remained relevant by touring with burgeoning country performer Luke Bryan and writing songs for some of today’s most popular acts.
The show is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. and is free to the public. Duvall said the cost to attract Murphy will be offset by sponsors. The city still is finalizing contract negotiations with Murphy but Duvall said everything is a go and the concert creates another outlet for entertainment in the northern part of the county.
The city approached several artists but most proved to be too expensive, including Travis Tritt, Kool and the Gang, Huey Lewis and the News and KC and the Sunshine Band, he said.
Murphy was reasonably priced, polite and showed interest in headlining the festival at a cost where the city could raise money and offer the entertainment free to residents. Duvall said the contracted cost fell around $10,000 whereas an artist like Huey Lewis costs as much as $75,000.
Summer Blast kicks off around 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, with the Miss Radcliff Pageant at Colvin Community Center and carnival rides adjacent to Colvin and Radcliff City Hall.
The city has scheduled a 5K run to start festivities on Saturday morning with Summer Blast resuming around 4 p.m. with vendors and 5 p.m. with carnival rides. Following Murphy’s performance, a fireworks show will close out the celebration.
Duvall said back-to-back shows headlined by Adkins and Murphy followed by Elizabethtown’s Founders’ Day celebration on July 4 will give locals three solid weeks of quality entertainment.
“We support Fort Knox and Elizabethtown both so we’re just wanting to make it a big community event,” he said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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