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Apr 29 @ 12:36
Young Country Performs at Allen Public Library

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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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The vibrant music of Young Country will resound from the Allen Public Library’s stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Performing both original tunes and songs of premiere Southwestern songwriters, this group offers outstanding vocal harmonies and unique instrumental interpretations.

Formed in 1970, this Dallas-based band has performed at Poor David’s Club, Hyatt at Lake Tahoe and served on three USO tours to Vietnam.   Their first album Young Country was produced in 1974. 

On banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro, Rick Sparks is currently president of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association and travels the country as a Wernick Method banjo instructor. 

On tambourine and vocals, Cheryl Cleavenger appeared on the Mike Douglas show, has been the voice for Blue Bell Ice Cream commercials, and was on various television shows hosted by media personality Ron Chapman.

Former members of the New Generation Singers, Rick and Cheryl also provided back-up vocals for Michael Martin Murphey at his first concert on Austin City Limits.

Singer/songwriter Randy Brooks performs nationally, including at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee.  Composer of the holiday classic “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” Randy plays bass and guitar.  

A member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Johnny Hooper is recognized for his contributions as a writer, producer, guitarist, and vocalist in the field of jingles and commercials.  Johnny fronts the band Mr. Inez, which opened for the Beach Boys last February.

Once a member of the New Christy Minstrels, Rod Phillips plays piano, mandolin, cello, harmonica, flute and vocals.  Touring as a member of Michael Martin Murphey’s band, he had a solo career in Taos, New Mexico, and now in Branson, Missouri.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free.  Call 214-509-4911 for more info.