David Lee Murphy to perform at Summer Blast

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Country performer known for hits 'Dust on the Bottle' and 'Party Crowd'

By Marty Finley

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 mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com

In other action:


  • Mayor J.J. Duvall announced Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson as the featured speaker for May’s Radcliff First luncheon, which brings local businesses together to network with city officials. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 29 at Colvin Community Center. Abramson will speak around noon, Duvall said.
  • Duvall recommended Radcliff City Council hold the city’s monthly stormwater rate stable for households at the2012 rate of $4.83 per month. The council enacted an ordinance a few years ago automaticallyinstalling the annual cost of living adjustment, but Duvall suggested officials waive the increase because Radcliff has found ways to cut costs and save money while still producing hundreds of thousands in stormwater improvements each year, including more than half a million dollars worth of improvements last year. Should the city take the 1.7 percent increase this year, the rate would jump to about $4.91 monthly and produce an additional $12,000 to $15,000 for city coffers. City council members suggested reviewing and possibly removing the automatic cost-of-living adjustment from its ordinance.
  • The council reviewed four bids for its yearly wood debris collection with the low one-year bid coming in at $57,500 from Tree Tech Lawn & Tree. The company also offered a two-year bid of $110,000 but city officials said they were not interested in a two-year plan. The other one-year bids ranged from $63,000 to $120,000. Duvall said if the city takes the low bid it stands to shave $10,000 off last year’s contract. This comes after the city had successfully trimmed $12,000 off recent limb debris contracts and saved more than $35,000 by completing leaf debris internally.