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Shenandoah performs at La Rita Theatre tonight

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Shenandoah performs at La Rita Theatre tonight

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

The country music group Shenandoah will perform at the La Rita Theatre tonight, Friday September 23. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are $50 each. Unless sold out, they are available at the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce or at

Shenandoah was founded Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1984. They are considered one of the best country music groups of all time. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s musicianship, Shenandoah is well known for hits such as “Two Dozen Roses,” Church on the Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me,” as well as classics “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy-winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Allison Krauss.

Raybon took time for a phone interview with the Dalhart Texan earlier this week. He said the current tour started earlier this year. “We don’t work like most folks.” Raybon said. “We tour all the time. We literally work all year round.” Shenandoah will continue to tour until December, mainly staying in southern states and a few in the Midwest, along with one date in Nevada. Raybon said that their final concert date of the year is December 16. “Mama would get upset if we didn’t take off for Christmas.” Raybon said.

Raybon said that “Two Dozen Roses” is his current favorite among the group’s biggest hits, but his favorite does vary from time-totime. “You could ask me two months from now and it would change.” Raybon said. “‘Sunday in the South’ was my favorite for a long time. We shot the video in my hometown.” He also mentioned that family members were in the video, which made it special as well.

Another song, “Stop the Rain,” is one that Raybon has always thought should’ve been a big hit but didn’t climb that high on the charts. “I still to this day believe it’s a hit.” Raybon said. “It paints such an absolutely wonderful picture. There really is nothing you can do to stop the rain.” The song was the second single Shenandoah ever released, and made it to number 38 on the Billboard chart. The group’s next two singles made it to the top 10, and then the following three singles all made it to number one.

Shenandoah is currently working on putting out new music. Raybon said that for now they were going to concentrate on releasing singles instead of an entire album at once. “On October 14th we’re shooting a video for the new single.” Raybon said. He added that an official announcement about the new single would be coming soon, which was why he couldn’t mention the title of the song yet.

Raybon also said that the group is looking forward to coming to Dalhart. He couldn’t remember ever being in Dalhart before, and mentioned that it’s been about five or six years since they were in the Amarillo area at all.

“High energy” is what Raybon said people should expect from the concert tonight. “What we like more than anything else is for people to sing along, hooping and hollering.” Raybon said. “I remember going to shows by singers like Haggard, Paycheck, and others and being entertained. If we can do that, people realize they were entertained. At the end of the night sparks fly. I think it’s real important to give people their money’s worth. The Bible says do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and it says to go the extra mile. That’s what we try to do.”

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