Calling all Merle Haggard fans! Sat. May 25 at 7 pm
Also traditional country, western swing, rockabilly and boogie-woogie by an award-winning band!
Calling all Merle Haggard fans! Chris Fyfe and the Merle Haggard Tribute band play at the Wayside Grange & Theatre on Sat. May 25 at 7 pm. Tix $12. Doors at 6:30 pm. No reservations. Baked goodies and pretty good coffee sold at intermission. 851 N Dexter Rd (Rt 23), Dexter. FB Wayside Grange or Joe Kennedy 277-3733.
Cozy, 100-year-old hall offers cushy theatre seats, great acoustics and lighting, plenty of parking, indoor plumbing and heating as well as a friendly group of Grangers. A hidden gem!
For the past 12 years, Fyfe and the band recreate Haggard's distinctive Bakersfield sound: the twang of an electric guitar mixed with the steel guitar and vocal harmonies with a rougher country edge. They also intertwine the influences of Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel and Floyd Cramer.
Fyfe is literally a Maine Country Music Living Legend! He's a multi-award winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter with over 40 years in the country music business. Awards include Maine Country Music Hall of Famer, Maine Ole' Opry Inductee, 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, 2017 Traditional Country Band of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year.
Chris is often hired as a contract musician for national studios and recently played piano for Highway 101, Johnny Tillotson, Moore & Moore, Ron and Leona Williams, Tony Booth and Michael Twitty.
Chris was born in Gardiner Maine, and currently resides in Pittston Maine. He comes from a long line of musicians in his family. He would attend the many practices that his father attended in a group his uncle created. They would allow him to sing at these rehearsals and sing publicly at their dances.
Fyfe's first public appearance was at a local Grange Hall (yay!) when he was 6. By age 15, Chris was performing solo acts on his own. In the late 1980's he began Aces & Eights and they were a mainstay in the country music scene for many years.
Show at 7 pm. Doors open 6:30 pm.