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Texas band to play at Oregon Trail Days
February 21, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy Photo - The Texas-based Josh Abbott Band will headline the OTD kickoff concert during this summer's Oregon Trail Days celebration

The Texas based country rock group the Josh Abbott Band is heading north to Gering for the kickoff concert during this summer’s Oregon Trail Days.

Bill Peters of the Oregon Trail Days concert committee said for the second year, the concert will be the Saturday prior to the main OTD events. Josh Abbott will be at Five Rocks Amphitheater on Saturday, July 6.

An indie label group, the Josh Abbott has recorded four albums. Going back to 2010, their song “She’s Like Texas” turned into a smash regional hit. That was before “Oh, Tonight,” climbed to No. 44 on the Billboard Country Chart – all this from a band that’s only been touring and recording for the past five years.

In an earlier interview, Abbott said he didn’t start writing songs until 2004, when he as a grad student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He first picked up a guitar a few years before then, mainly to strum along with his favorite country tunes. But after a solo concert at the local club Blue Light, he realized that maybe music could be his living.

Peters said the gates at Five Rocks open at 6 p.m. on July 6 for the concert. At 6:30 p.m. the local band Stonegate Road, featuring Justin Hanshew, will play. The Josh Abbott Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. As last year food vendors will be onsite and the concert committee will be applying for a license to host a beer garden at the event.

“Josh Abbott is a new band that should attract fans of new country rock,” Peters said. “The band has a nice sound that people should like. Like the old saying goes, it has a good beat and you can dance to it.”

Peters said the concert committee was pleased with attendance at last year’s concert, the first time they moved the concert up a week. “As it turned out, it was advantageous to have the concert early. Then chili cook-off and the carnival both moved out to Five Rocks last year and were well attended, so we weren’t competing with ourselves.”

Tickets for the Josh Abbott Band are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets are available on the OTD website, www.oregontraildays.com. Outlets for printed tickets will be announced soon.
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