Stone out, Ball, Rich in for Festival entertainment
by The Cadiz Record
Sep 12, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Doug Stone apparently won’t be coming to the 2007 Ham Festival as previously announced by the event organizer. At the August 27th meeting of the Ham Festival Board, Cindy Sholar had announced that she had entered into final negotiations with country singer Stone as the headliner attraction for this year’s event.

In releasing the schedule last week, Sholar listed the David Ball Acoustic Trio for the Saturday night entertainment and Joe E. Rich for Friday night’s event. Both are scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. each night.

Ball, probably best known for his hit single “Private Malone,” has received rave reviews for an upcoming album in which he performs renditions of a number of well known country songs.

“While flashier, less talented singers have risen to prominence in Nashville since his 1994 debut, Ball has valiantly kept plugging away in relative obscurity,” said an April review in People Magazine. “His latest is a marvelous collection of standards which amounts to a tribute to the industry that has never fully appreciated him. Included are terrific renditions of Bob Wills’s “faded Love,” Don Gibson’s “Sweet Dreams” and Curley Williams’s “Half as Much” as well as Ball’s own “Please Feed the Jukebox.” With his no frills delivery, Ball gets right to the heart of it all.

Playing on Friday night, visitors will be treated to the music of Joe E. Rich, a Funk, Soul and Rhythm and Blues singer. Rich says his influences in the music business included Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire as well as the late James Brown.

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