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Featured Artist of the Weekend: George Strait

featured artist wltu george strait.jpgHello avid readers, and those checking this out for the first time. I want to start by saying thank you to everyone that has been participating. I would like to take this time to shout out to BerdieMaigatter. Berdie is officially the first person to make an artist suggestion, and I am covering that artist this weekend, George Strait. We have a new prize to give away this weekend as well. Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is performing at the Resch Center in Green Bay on April 16th, and if you answer my question at the end of this article correctly, you can win a pair of tickets to go see her. Good luck to all of you, and let’s get on with the article shall we?

 

George Strait is a country music legend. With a career spanning four decades, including 28 albums, and 60 number one songs, there is no denying that he has earned to moniker, the King of Country. Strait has always been one of my all-time favorites, along with Reba and Randy Travis. He is also one of the most consistent artists of any genre. Very few, if any, artists can claim the stats the King of Country can boast. Just as a heads up, I will be using the word only quite a bit, mainly in regards to a single reaching a certain rank. Now I know that just getting a song on these charts is a feat in itself, but when you are talking about an artist like George Strait, reaching number 17 for example, is an example of a song not doing well. I know many artists would love to see their song anywhere on the charts, and I’m not trying to diminish the achievement that getting on the chart is, I’m just putting it in perspective of the rest of his songs. Now without further ado, let’s dive into the man, the myth, the legend, George Strait.

George Harvey Strait was born in Poteet, Texas, on May 18th, 1952. His father, John Byron Strait, was a junior high school math teacher and owned a 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Pearsall, where George grew up. When Strait was in third grade, his parents got a divorce. His mother moved away and took his sister Pency with her. His brother John stayed with George and their father.

Strait began showing an interest in music when he reached high school. He initially liked The Beatles, and played in a rock and roll garage band, but his sights were soon set on country music. He used to listen to singers like Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Hank Williams. His love for country music came more from the live shows that could be seen all over in Texas than from the radio.

While still in high school, Strait eloped with his girlfriend Norma, and the two got married in Texas. Strait enlisted in the U.S. Army not long after. Strait was stationed in Hawaii as part of the 25th Infantry Division. It was there that he joined an Army sponsored band called Rambling Country. After Strait did his time in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1975, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. During his time there, he joined a local country band called Stoney Ridge. He found out about the band because they had posted flyers around town stating they were looking for a new vocalist. After Strait joined the group, they renamed themselves Ace in the Hole. Strait quickly took the lead. They began performing at honkey tonks and bars in south and central Texas. Their hard work and many miles traveled payed off when they were given the opportunity to record several songs Strait had written. The songs didn’t achieve the recognition they were hoping.

One night when Ace in the Hole was playing at a bar, Strait met and became friends with Erv Woolsey. Woolsey had previously worked for MCA Records, and convinced some of his connections to come and listen to the band play. The connections were impressed by the band, but weren’t convince they could sell the “Western Swing” sound the group was known for. They left without making any deals. Strait was turned down by every major label, even after making several trips to Nashville. Heartbroken, Strait wanted to quit the music business, but his wife talked him into giving it one more year. MCA signed Strait in February 1981. The deal was only for a single song, and the rest of his career hinged on the success of that song. Strait brought Ace in the Hole with him as his backing band.

In the spring of 1981, Strait released his first single, “Unwound”. The single reached number three, securing Strait a longer contract with MCA. The single was then featured on Strait’s debut album, “Strait Country”. The album saw moderate success, reaching number 26. The second single off of the album, “Down and Out”, reached number 16, and the third single, “If You’re Thinking You Want a Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)” reached number three. That single also was the first of a string of top ten hits that lasted well into the 90’s. The album was praised critically for starting the traditionalist movement and breaking free of the pop influenced sound that had taken over country music at the time.

In 1982, Strait released his second album, “Strait from the Heart”. The album peaked at number 18, but was home to his first number one single, “Fool Hearted Memory”, as well as his second number one single, “A Fire I Can’t Put Out”. The other two singles saw success as well, with “Marina del Rey” reaching number six and “Amarillo by Morning” reaching number four. The latter was even placed at number 35 on the Western Writers of America’s Top 100 Western Songs of All Time list.

In 1983 Strait released his third studio album, “Right or Wrong”. The album was his first to reach the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and was home to three number one singles in “You Look So Good in Love”, “Right or Wrong”, and “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together”. 1983 also saw Strait start a tradition. He made his first appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has since made over twenty appearances at the rodeo, and has played to over one million fans there.

1984 saw Strait release his second consecutive number one album titled “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”. The titular single topped the charts, and the other two both reached number five (“The Cowboy Rides Away”, and “The Fireman”.)

1985 was a big year for George Strait. Not only did he release his fifth studio album, and third consecutive number one album, “Something Special”, and have two more singles break into the top five with “The Chair” reaching number one, and “You’re Something Special” reaching number four, he also won his first awards. At the Academy of Country Music Awards he won Top Male Vocalist, and at the Country Music Association Awards he won Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year for 1984’s “Does Fort Wort Ever Cross Your Mind”. These awards started a seven year stretch where Strait won at least one award.

1986 saw Strait release his sixth studio album “#7”. Now when I first looked through his discograghy I was confused on why his sixth studio album was titled “#7”. The answer is very simple. He released a Greatest Hits compilation in 1985. If you are an avid reader you know how I feel about those, especially early in a career, so I bypassed talking about it. “#7 became Strait’s fourth consecutive number one album with the help of his eighth and ninth number one singles, “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”, and “It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You”.

1986 also saw Strat win pretty much every award he could. At the ACM Awards he won Top Male Vocalist, and Album of the Year for “Does Fort Worth Still Cross Your Mind”. At The CMA Awards he won his second consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year. Music City News Country awarded him the Male Artist of the Year. Billboard named him Top Country Artist of the Year as well.

Sadly for Strait, he and his family were dealt a tremendous blow when his daughter Jenifer died in a one-car, non-alcohol related accident. She was only thirteen at the time of the accident, and was riding with Gregory Allen, 18, in a Ford Mustang. Allen survived the crash, and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor or vehicular homicide. A statement released by the Texas Department of Public Safety stated,

“The responding trooper determined the cause of accident to be excessive speed and that the car did not negotiate the turn properly. Jenifer was riding in the front passenger’s seat and none of the four occupants were wearing seat belts at the time. When the vehicle flipped over onto its passenger’s side, Jenifer was partially ejected, causing her to be dead upon impact.”

Following the incident, Strait limited his contact with the media, because he didn’t want to talk about Jennifer’s death.

Something that has always amazed me is how superstars react after a personal tragedy. For example, Bret Favre’s first game after his father’s death. I don’t know what it is, but it would seem that personal tragedy gives people super powers, because after Jennifer’s death, Strait released nine straight number one singles. The streak started with , “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”, and “It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You”,  so it was actually eleven straight, but nine after Jennifer’s death.  The streak lasted through four albums including “#7”, “Ocean Front Property”, “If You Ain’tLovin’ You Ain’tLivin’”, and “Beyond the Blue Neon”. All five albums also reached number one, giving him seven consecutive number one albums. The nine singles that finished off the incredible run were, “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”, “Am I Blue”, “Ocean Front Property”, “If You Ain’tLovin’ You AintLivin’”, “Baby Blue”, “Famous Last Words of a Fool”, “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye”, “What’s Going On in Your World”, and ending with “Ace in the Hole”. The final single on “Beyond the Blue Moon”, “Overnight Success”, only reach number eight, ending the streak. That run of nine number one singles after his daughter’s death, has to be, in my opinion, the most amazing part of George Strait’s illustrious career.

Straight started the 90’s the same way he ended the 80’s. By releasing another number one album, “Livin’ It Up”. The album was his eighth consecutive number one album. Two of the three singles reached number one. They were “Love Without End, Amen”, and “I’ve Come to Expect It from You”. The third single, “Drinking Champagne”, reached number three.

1991 would prove to be a “down year” for Strait. His album, “Chill of an Early Fall”, only reached number four, putting an end to his streak of number one albums. The album was home to two number one singles, “If I Know Me”, and You Know Me Better Than That”, but it also was home to the single that would end his nearly decade long streak of top ten singles. His cover of the Hank Williams hit, “Lovesick Blues” peaked at number twenty four. To me that shows that people would rather hear George Strait sing George Strait than hear him sing covers. I would take that as a huge compliment.

In 1992, Strait released his twelfth studio album, “Holding My Own”. The album did well, but din’t see quite the success Strait had seen for the previous decade. The album peaked at number five. Both of the singles broke the top five, with “So Much Like My Dad” reaching number three, and “Gone as a Girl Can Get” reaching number five. He also released the soundtrack for the movie, Pure Country, which he starred in. Coincidentally, the album would be his most successful, reaching number one on the Top Country Albums chart, and number six on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1993, Strait released his album, “Easy Come, Easy Go”. The album reached number two, while the titular single reached number one. The other three singles faired well too, with “I’d Like to Have That One Back” reaching number three, “The Man in Love with You” reaching number five, and his cover of George Jones’ “Lovebug” reaching number eight.

His next four albums, including “Lead On” in 1994, “Blue Clear Sky” in 1996, “Carrying Your Love with Me” in 1997, and “One Step at a Time” in 1998, all charted at No. 1.“Carrying Your Love with Me”also topped the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career. The albums also gave Strait eight more number one singles. They are, “The Big One”, “You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody”, “Blue Clear Sky”, “Carried Away”, “One Night at a Time”, “Carrying Your Love With Me”, “Round About Way”, and “I Just Want to Dance With You”. Those are the songs I grew up listening to, and how I learned about George Strait. Those are my personal favorite songs in all of 90’s country.

Strait topped off the 90’s with “Always Never the Same”. The album reached number two, and was home to “Write This Down”, “Meanwhile”, and “What Do You Say to That”. The first reached number one, while the other two both reached number four.

Strait started off the new millennium with a self-titled album, which topped off the charts. The singles, “Go On”, reached number two, and “If You Can Do Anything Else” reached number five,  but “Don’t Make Me Come over There and Love You” only reached number 17.

Strait’s twenty-first studio album, “The Road Less Traveled” saw his success continue. The album reached number one, and was home to two number one singles in “She’ll Leave You With a Smile”, and “Living and Living Well”, as well as “Run” which topped off at number two.

2003 saw Strait release two albums. “For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome” was a live album at the last Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He also released “Honkytonkville”, another number one album for the King of Country. The album was home to “Cowboys Like Us” which peaked at number two, a cover of Bruce Robinson’s “Desperately” which peaked at number six, and “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa” which failed to break the top ten at number eleven.

In 2004 “Somewhere Down in Texas” hit the shelves. The album topped both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, for only the second time in his career. The album was a milestone for another reason too. “She Let Herself Go” became Strait’s 40th number one single. “You’ll Be There” also broke the top five, reaching number four, while his rendition of Merle Haggard’s “The Seashores of Old Mexico” topped out at number eleven.

Strait celebrated his 30th year in the music industry with “It Just Comes Natural”. The album topped the charts (surprise surprise) and was home to two number one hits in “Give It Away”, and the title track, as well as “Wrapped” which reached number two, and “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” which peaked at number three. It received generally positive reviews from critics. People, in their four-star review, remarked that “If ever there was a natural in country music, it’s Strait,” while USA Today raved that “he continues to make such consistent quality look easy”.

Strait’s twenty-fifth studio album was another commercial success. Topping both the Country Albums and Billboard 200 charts for the third time in his career, and was home to the highest debuting single of his career, “I Saw God Today”. It was also home to two more number one singles, “I Saw God Today”, and “River of Love”. The title track didn’t fair quite as well, only reaching number seven.

2009 was another big year for King George. For starters, the Academy of Country Music named him the Artist of the Decade, an honor won by Garth Brooks the previous decade. Strait also go to christen the Dallas Cowboy’s new stadium in Arlington, Texas. Billboard also named him the top country artist of the past twenty five years. On top of all that, he released his twenty-sixth studio album. Can you guess how it did on the charts? If you guessed that it topped the Top Country Albums, and Billboard 200 charts, you would be correct. Congrats you win a cookie. I mean…. I don’t actually have one….sooooo….you can go bake some I guess?….OOOOHHHH Share with me please!!!! I’m partial to chocolate chip, but as long as there’s no fruit I’m good….Wow I guess I shouldn’t write on an empty stomach….anyway…..The album didn’t have any number one singles, but it did have two top five singles with “Living for the Night” reaching number two, and “I Gotta Get to You” reaching number three. “The Breath You Take” just missed the top five reaching number six, and the titular track didn’t do so well, only reaching number 14.

September 2011 saw Strait release “Here For a Good Time”. The album reached (do I even have to say it anymore) number one, and was home to two number one singles. They were the titular track, and “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright”. Those two brought his number one singles count up to 59. The third single, “Drinkin’ Man” kinda fell by the wayside, only reaching number 37.

In October 2012, MCA Nashville decided to try to get Strait his 60th number one single while the artist was still 60. They pushed for that song to be “Give it All We Got Tonight” from the album “Love Is Everything”. They succeeded, when the song topped the Mediabase chart in May of 2013. The parent album reached number one, but the other single, “I Got a Car” only reached number 23.

2012 was also the year that Strait decided after 30 years of recording and touring, he was calling it quits. Well the touring anyway. He announced a massive tour that would be his last. He called it The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The tour started on January 18, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas and is divided into two legs: 21 concerts in 2013 and 26 concerts in 2014, for a total of 47 concerts. The tour ended in Arlington, Texas on June 7, 2014.A live album recorded from the final concert in Arlington titled The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium.

Strait is continuing to make music even though he isn’t touring anymore. On April 20th 2015, he released his 29th studio album, “Cold Beer Conversation”. Any guess as to where it peaked on the charts? Yup. Number one. The singes didn’t do very well though, with “Let it Go” only reaching number 29, and the titular song only reaching number 36.

George Strait.  I honestly don’t know what to say to wrap this one up. The man is amazing. I seriously can’t think of a good way to end the article because I am in awe of all the things he accomplished in his career. All I have to say is I hope he continues to record music, because the world can always use more King George.

 

I would again like to thank everyone who reads these on a regular basis, as well as another shoutout to Berdie. I’m so happy you suggested George Strait, because I didn’t know a lot of this info, and I loved learning about him. Anyways, Time to give away some tickets! Again to win two tickets to see Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland at Resch Center in Green Bay on April 16th, answer the following question. What did I say was, in my opinion, the most amazing part of George Strait’s career?To answer, email me at theguyontheradio51@gmail.com. You will have until Sunday night at 11:59 pm to answer. On Monday, I will randomly select a winner out of everyone that gets the answer correct. Make sure the subject line says “Featured artist question of the week” so I can easily spot it. In the email also include your name and a phone number. Good luck!

 

(courtesy of Ryan B)

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Carrie Underwood Adds Fall Tour Dates – Wisconsin Date Added!

Carrie Underwood has expanded her Storyteller Tour — Stories in the Round through the fall. The tour, which kicked off in January, will now run through the end of November.

The tour is played “in the round,” with the stage arranged in the middle of the arena and the audience on all sides, giving fans a clear view of the stage and performers from all angles. It’s been a massive success since kicking off in January, selling out some of the largest venues in the country.

“I always love being on the road performing for my fans,” Underwood says in a press release, “but something about this tour feels more magnetic than ever. Having a 360-degree view of the audience gives me the opportunity to connect with more fans and feed off their energy. I can’t wait to continue this tour into the fall!”

Underwood is also slated to perform her latest singe from Storyteller, “Church Bells,” on the 2016 ACM Awards on Sunday evening (April 3).

Carrie Underwood, The Storyteller Tour — Stories in the Round Fall Tour Dates:
Sept. 4 — Spokane Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Sept. 6 — Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
Sept. 8 — Seattle, Wash. @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
Sept. 10 — San Jose, Calif. @ SAP Center at San Jose **
Sept. 13 — Bakersfield, Calif. @ Rabobank Arena
Sept. 14 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples Center
Sept.20 — Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 22 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 24 — Columbia, S.C. @ Colonial Life Arena
Sept. 26 — Roanoke, Va. @ Berglund Center
Sept. 28 — Providence, R.I. @ Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Sept. 29 — Manchester, N.H. @ Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct. 1 — Hershey, Pa. @ Giant Center
Oct. 4 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse **
Oct. 5 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Oct. 7 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 8 — Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Oct. 20 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ U.S. Bank Arena
Oct. 22 — Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena
Oct. 23 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct. 25 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 27 — Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
Oct. 28 — Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 6 — Hamilton, Ontario, Canada @ FirstOntario Centre
Nov. 9 — Rockford, Ill. @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Nov. 11 — Evansville, Ind. @ Ford Center
Nov. 13 — Memphis, Tenn. @ FedExForum
Nov. 14 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Nov. 16 — Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena
Nov. 17 — Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
Nov. 22 — Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
Nov. 23 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov. 26 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 28 — West Valley City, Utah @ Maverik Center
** Tickets for the San Jose show will go on sale on May 6. Tickets for the Indianapolis show will go on sale on May 13.

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Lakeshore News, News Around the World

Beware of Fake Mystery Shopper Ads

For people who love to shop or travel, nothing beats the prospect of free products, meals and overnight stays in exchange for completing a survey about a store, restaurant or hotel’s services. While such a job does exist, the vast majority of advertisements about these “mystery shopper” jobs are scams (and could leave you in dire straits).

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has seen an increase in complaints about mystery shopper scams over the past month. Consumers are advised to be skeptical of advertisements and unsolicited emails promising work as a secret shopper.

The Bureau of Consumer Protection has recently received a handful of inquiries and five written complaints about fraudulent mystery shopper operations, with one of the complainants losing nearly $1,000 in the scam.

All five complainants received a similar email solicitation. Two of the five received realistic-looking checks and were asked to deposit them into their bank accounts and wire a portion to another party. This is a common scam: the checks are fake and the consumer will be on the hook for any withdrawn and transferred funds when the bank discovers the forgery.

If you receive a similar solicitation for a secret shopper job, remember that:

  • It is not necessary to pay money to get into the mystery shopper business.
  • The “shopping certifications” offered in these ads and unsolicited emails are almost always worthless.
  • Consumers who try to get a refund from promoters of mystery shopper jobs are typically out of luck. Either the business does not return phone calls or answers and tries another pitch.
  • These solicitations are often fronts for fake check scams, with the mystery shopper’s first “assignment” being the evaluation of a money transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram. Reject any request from a stranger to cash a check on their behalf and transfer a portion of that money to someone/someplace.

Some retailers do offer their more loyal customers an opportunity to conduct a “mystery visit” and to provide feedback in exchange for discounts or valuable coupons at their stores. Others hire marketing research companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores, but the professionals in the field consider mystery shoppers a part-time activity, at best. And, they add, opportunities generally are posted online by established market research or merchandising companies. Again, be suspicious of pitches that appear in newspapers’ “help wanted” sections, in online classified ads or in unsolicited emails.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at http://datcp.wisconsin.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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Community Events, Lakeshore News

New Art Exhibit at UW-Manitowoc

Martens art exhibit image.jpgThe community is invited to view an art exhibit titled “Seeing the World” by Gregory Martens in the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Founder’s Hall Art Gallery on display Apr. 11 through May 10.

During his childhood, Martens traveled back and forth from the country to the city to visit his Grandma and older uncles and discovered the incredible early Mad Magazines. As a young teen Martens was attracted to the art section at the library and the “Northern Line” of Bosch, Brueghel, Schongauer, and especially Durer. Later, during the 1970s counterculture, Martens discovered Underground comics, Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso and Robert Williams.

“I saw tremendous similarities among all those ‘Black-Line’ artists and realized they were all influenced by medieval manuscript painters in Europe,” said Martens.

After many years as a salesman on the road, Martens became a cobbler in Wauwatosa, where his whole family helped fix the shoes in their busy shop. After ten years as a cobbler, at age 46, Martens was suddenly stricken with a very aggressive case of bone marrow cancer which is now in remission.

Physically unable able to fix shoes, Martens went back to college to study art. He says the harder he worked as an artist the more he recovered from his illness. Martens earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from UW-Milwaukee. Now he spends time working in his studio workshop called Hip Joint Press, and teaches printmaking at UW-Milwaukee.

The UW-Manitowoc Founder’s Hall Gallery is open to the public weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. Call (920) 683-4735 for more information or visit “The Arts” section of the UW-Manitowoc website at uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu.

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Contests

Win Tickets to the Songs, Stools & Stories Concert!

songstoolsWe’re giving away a pair of tickets to Songs, Stools & Stories at the Weidner Center on April 4th.  Click here to enter for your chance to win…enter by midnight March 31st!

Here’s a little about the concert:

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present an event that brings to life the creative explosion that was country music in the 90’s! The Voice of LONESTAR – Richie McDonald; Grammy Award winner Suzy Bogguss; the Voice of RESTLESS HEART – Larry Stewart and Grammy Award winner Billy Dean come together on the same stage for one unforgettable night of “Songs, Stools & Stories.” On Monday, April 4 at 7:30pm you’ll get an intimate glimpse into the lives of the hit makers and their songs. Tickets may be purchased online at WeidnerCenter.com, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at Ticket Star locations.

Richie McDonald has long been one of music’s most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country’s best singers and a polished and engaging entertainer, McDonald is the face and voice of LONESTAR, ranked among the genre’s preeminent groups.  As one of the industry’s most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era’s most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations.

Suzy Bogguss joined the church choir at age 5, she then added piano, drums and guitar to her repertoire. Soon she was singing in musicals…it never occurred to her that her future was on stage. But the long list of industry awards including her Grammy – prove that on stage is exactly where Suzy belongs!

Larry Stewart, an American country music icon is best known for his role as lead singer of the country group RESTLESS HEART. The voice you have heard on a slew of top 10’s and number one hits has also garnered Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and nominations.

Billy Dean’s insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice and masterful instrumental gifts have not only earned him ACM awards, CMA awards and a Grammy, but also countless devoted fans. His appeal reaches beyond the music world. He has appeared on numerous TV shows as well as made-for TV movies. Billy transcends genres and generations alike – he is loved by the entire family!

Combined, these artists represent over 60 top 10 songs and over 25 Number One Hits. They take the stage together and perform their hits, intermixed with stories about the songs and their careers.

Lakeshore News

Local Heroin Arrests

On Monday afternoon, investigators from the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit arrested a 36 year old Milwaukee subject in Sheboygan County related to several recent heroin distribution investigations.

Investigators recently identified a significant source of heroin distribution being transported to Manitowoc County from Milwaukee Several controlled purchases were arranged and completed at various locations in Manitowoc and Sheboygan County. In early March 2016 investigators completed a controlled purchase of over an ounce of heroin from the 36 year old male subject. On Monday investigators arranged for the purchase of a quarter pound of heroin from the male subject.

Investigators determined the male subject was in Sheboygan County and agreed to conduct the purchase at a north Sheboygan location. Investigators located the subject and took him into custody. Investigators located over a quarter pound of heroin intended to be sold for distribution In Manitowoc County. Investigators have identified this seizure as the largest heroin seizure in recent history. In total, investigators estimate the seized heroin to have a street value of approximately $30,000.

The 36 year old is being held at the Manitowoc County Jail on a charge for conspiracy to delivery of heroin as a repeater. The subject made a Tuesday afternoon court appearance and is being held on $50,000 cash bail.

Investigators were assisted by Manitowoc County Sheriff K-9 Unit, Sheboygan County Sheriff, Sheboygan County MEG Unit and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Additionally, two Manitowoc subjects were charged Wednesday with heroin distribution charges related to a February heroin delivery on the south side of Manitowoc. A 34 year old male subject and a 21 year old female subject are currently in custody in the Manitowoc County JasI charged with delivery of heroin within 1,000 ft. of a school as a repeater. The 34 year old subject is currently on probation with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Both subjects will be making a Thursday afternoon court appearance.

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3 Presidential Candidates Remain in Wisconsin

Three of the five presidential candidates remain in Wisconsin, one day after all five criss-crossed the Badger State in advance of next Tuesday’s primary. Republican Ted Cruz had a late morning rally planned in Madison, kicking off a women’s coalition on his behalf. Cruz’s wife Heidi and former G-O-P candidate Carly Fiorina will then make stops in Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Fond du Lac. Republican Donald Trump is in the Fox Valley for rallies in Appleton and De Pere. Democrat Bernie Sanders’ schedule includes stops in Kenosha, Madison, and La Crosse.

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