ART Around Town: The Music of Patsy Cline

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The Dixie Center for the Arts presents “The Music of Patsy Cline.” Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, was a famous American country singer with a Nashville sound. She was known for her rich and booming, emotionally charged voice that could give anyone goose bumps. She did not become a country music star in a day- she had to, in fact, work very hard to sustain her life and support her family members as she came from a middle-class background. Her love for singing was so huge that she taught music to herself by experience. After getting some popularity through sporadic performances on the local radio channels, Cline signed contracts with record companies and found her way to the heart of country and pop music lovers through television, radio and stage shows. She was the first female country singer to have a crossover pop hit but unfortunately at the height of her singing career, Cline died in a tragic plane crash. Millions of records were sold after her death and she became the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Honoring the life and talents of Patsy are Rod Allen Payne and Kim Hill De Witt. 

Rod Allen Payne is, without question, this area’s most visible musician. His command of many different styles of music has kept him busy at the piano and keyboard for more than 40 years. He has performed for hundreds of corporate events, wedding receptions, dances, and society affairs. In addition to performing, Rod has written jingles and theme songs. His long list includes the National Organization of Women, Lady Techsters, National Teenager Pageant, First National Bank, Scott Truck and Tractor and many more. When asked if it's time to slow down his schedule, his answer is "No, there's so much more to learn and enjoy with music." He says playing with outstanding musicians and singers like Lawrence Gibbs, Lisa Spann, and others. 

Kim Hill De Witt has been singing since she was a young child, spending most of her life in Monroe, Louisiana. She is a registered nurse and manager of an outpatient clinic in Katy, Texas. Kim and Rod Allen Payne have been performing together for more than 35 years. She starred in Always Patsy Cline in Monroe’s Little Theater, and has sung in numerous bands. Kim has sung many solos in churches in Monroe, and Houston and Galveston Texas. She and her husband Ron have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, which she loves spending weekends with. Kim currently sings for Energy City Big Band in Houston, Texas. 

The performance is at 7pm on Thursday, March 7 and tickets are $20 for adults in advance and at the door and students are 2/$10 in the balcony.