ROCKY MOUNT — The local music scene in Edgecombe County this weekend offers something for folks of all musical tastes, from country western to hip-hop and gospel. History buffs have an opportunity to attend a black history program or visit the local veterans’ military museum for a glimpse into the past.
Country Music Concert
At 8 tonight, the American Country Music (ACM) award-nominated duo, Love and Theft, will take the stage at the Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College (ECC).
“Their single, ‘Angel Eyes,’ was number one on the country charts back in August 2012,” said Eric Greene, director of cultural arts for ECC. “We’re going to have bonafide hit makers in Tarboro and we’re hoping the public will come out and support them.”
Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson are celebrating their nomination for ACM’s vocal duo of the year, which was announced Wednesday.
Audiences at tonight’s concert can expect to hear hits from Love and Theft’s self-titled 2012 album, including “Angel Eyes” and “Running Out of Air,” a song that Gunderson described in an August 2012 interview with Country Music Television as “an Eagles-meets-Maroon 5 kind of vibe.” The album is the duo’s first since joining RCA Nashville, the home to many of their musical inspirations.
Chase Rice, a contemporary country musician born and raised in western North Carolina, is the opening act for Love and Theft.
“Most people would remember him as the runner-up on ‘Survivor: Nicaragua,” Greene said. Rice was the linebacker for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football team before an injury took him off he field. In the country music world, Rice is best known for his 2012 album “Dirt Road Communion.”
This is not the first time Love and Theft has graced the campus of ECC. The group was the opening act for ECC’s 2008 sellout Taylor Swift concert. The groups are in good company, with Jason Michael Carroll, The Lost Trailers, country singer and dancer Julianne Hough, and Jimmy Wayne and Chuck Wicks, who have also performed at ECC.
“We’ve had a really good selection of country artists that we could afford,” Greene stated. Tickets for Friday’s concert are $30 for the general public and $25 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the ECC Box Office, and online at www.etix.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact Greene at 823-5166, ext. 187.