Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ruston's Dixie Center for the Arts: Leon Russell, Susan Cowsill, Kenny Bill Stinson on Fri, Aug 18, 8 pm

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Ruston’s Dixie Center For The Arts will play host to the legendary Leon Russell on Fri, Aug 18 at 8 pm, says producer Trey Merrill.

A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Tipitina’s Foundation, which aids those musicians affected by the 2005 hurricanes.

Leon will be joined by both Kenny Bill Stinson and Susan Cowsill.

Primarily remembered as a classic rock artist, the Leon Russell/Willy Nelson album “One For The Road” was honored by the Country Music Association as "Best Album of The 1989." Leon has written such songs as "This Masquerade", “Superstar," "A Song for You," “Tightrope,” “Lady Blue,” and “Delta Lady” which became Joe Cocker’s biggest hit.

Susan Cowsill will be opening the show. Formerly of “The Cowsills” and “The Continental Drifters” which featured her former husband Peter Holsapple (of The DB’s and REM) as well as Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson, Susan was a member of Dwight Twilley’s band and has lent her vocals to albums by such artists as “Hootie & The Blowfish”, “Giant Sand”, “the Smithereens”, “Carlene Carter”, and “Jules Shear”.

Concert promoter Trey Merrill met Cowsill when he produced the debut album for the Louisiana college rock act “Benjy Davis Project” which she sang on. Cowsills' debut CD “Just Believe It” features both Lucinda Williams and Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows). She highlighted the release by performing at this years New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The show is open to all-ages and tickets are $32.50 and $38.50. With the limited number of seats being sold (550), Merrill says there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Trey Merrill Presents
335 Coffee Street
Mandeville, LA 70448

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