Rector Concert Generates Funds for Community Center

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Chad Garrett and Lindsey Ford sing "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" while Ken Wadley plays keyboard

A crowd of over 200 gathered at the Rector Community Saturday night to enjoy an evening of outstanding music and fun with the second appearance of Chad Garrett and Friends. Garrett, singer, guitarist and songwriter, was again joined by Rector's own talented vocalist Lindsey Ford, keyboardist extraordinaire Ken Wadley and bassist Brad Owen.

The artists performed around 30 songs, including many favorites. Some of the loudest ovations were heard for Garrett and Ford's rendition of "Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man," with Wadley tickling the ivories and Ford and Garrett belting out the lyrics. Owen got into the act not only with his smooth bass, but also with his vocal work on some groovy blues selections. The evening included a nice mixture of country, southern and classic rock, gospel and popular blues.

"It was a great show," community center Linda Robinson. "This group is so much fun. This was their second show here and, especially with Lindsey, it's like they're part of our community."

The reactions were almost overwhelmingly positive. Numerous attendees were heard commenting they would certainly be interested in coming back to another Rector event after enjoying Saturday night's offering.

Visitors came from not only Clay County, but also Paragould, Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge and the Missouri towns of Kennett, Senath and Holcomb among other areas to enjoy an evening of country, gospel and rock and roll music.

"Most of the people who came to their last show here returned for this concert," Robinson said. "I heard so many compliments about this show. It's nice to have this type of show here in our town. It's something the whole family can enjoy."

The concert served not only as an evening of fun for those in attendance, but also helped generate funds for maintenance and improvements at the Rector Community Center.

"We grateful to Chad, Lindsey, Ken and Brad for coming out and putting on a wonderful show and helping our community center," Robinson said. "We plan to have them back again. They have a good following, and with good reason."

Robinson also noted the next show in the concert series with be a performance by The Rhodes Family with Craig Morris on Nov. 7.

"That's going to be another outstanding concert," Robinson said. "I know several people will be looking forward to it."

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