Entertainment
Art Gentry, Chairman - art.gentry@communitybank.net
Click on the image below for the Amory Railroad Festival ROCK STAGE lineup!!!!!!!
 
 
FRISCO PARK STAGE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

4:30-5:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
Randi-Kathryn Harmon Sings the National Anthem - Randi-Kathryn currently holds the title of "Mississippi Historic South - 2014." She will compete in the Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant this summer. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Mu, BSU, and a national anthem soloist for MSU's basketball and softball teams. She enjoys running, working at her parents' restaurant, meeting new people, and promoting her platform P.E.A.C.E. for Children (Physical Exercise And Careful Eating). Randi-Kathryn recently wrote a children's book, which can be found at a number of locations in Mississippi and other states. She is a communication major at Mississippi State University and plans to become a pharmaceutical representative. She will graduate in May 2015.



5:05-5:35 p.m. - GRACE REEVES

Grace Reeves is a 14-year-old Amory native. She has been performing since the age of four and this is her fourth year on the Railroad Festival stage. Grace is in 8th grade at Amory Middle School, where she is a member of the show choir, Vocal Motion. She is also a member of the praise band at First Baptist Church of Amory.

 
 

5:40-6:15 p.m. - TRENT HARMON
Trent Harmon completed a BA in History and a minor in music this past December from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  While there, Trent was active in the university's theater department, holding roles in various productions such as "Oklahoma" and "The Pirates of Penzance." Trent participated in both chamber and concert choir--frequently singing alongside the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Choral Society.  Trent was also an active member of the university's largest on-campus organization, MBSF, for 4 1/2 years, where he was a member of the praise band and was the organization's worship leader for 2 1/2 years. He plans to further his education by beginning the MAT accreditation program this summer in History. 


6:15-7:15 p.m. - JOSEPH BALDWIN
Joseph Baldwin grew up in a small community in Franklin County, Alabama. He learned to play piano at an early age and by the time he got his first guitar, he had already developed an ear for music. Joseph has opened for Jason Aldean, Sister Hazel, T Graham Brown, Steel Magnolia, Shenandoah, Jeff Bates, and many other artists He has also performed over two years at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. Joseph won the Year of Alabama Music Songers competition with his song titled "I'm Alabama." Joseph's video to this song can be seen on YouTube. This singer/songwriter can also be seen and heard in six different television commercials airing nationwide for the Alabama Department of Tourism.


8:00-9:30 p.m. - MARK WILLS

Mark's hits include: Places I've Never Been, Jacob's Ladder, I Do (Cherish You), Don't Laugh at Me, Wish You Were Here, She's in Love, and many more!

The Reader's Digest version of Mark Wills' story makes it clear he's an award winning singer's singer. His matchless phrasing, passionate and meaningful delivery and right-on-the-money vocals make each and every song he performs come alive. Like a picture perfect painting. Wills' music is a vocal work of art that works right off the canvas and into the hearts of country music lovers alike.

Bringing the Wills' dimension to some of the greatest songs ever written, he's not necessarily become known for being trendy, hip or even on the cutting edge, but rather and simply as a damn good singer!

"I think I'm a good storyteller to make a song meaningful. Whether romantic or 'reality," my focus is on the music delivery to make it my own for the people who listen - so that they can make it their own."

FRISCO PARK STAGE
Friday, April 11, 201
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10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Nettleton Karate Class
 
 


11:30 a.m. - 12-noon - VOCAL MOTION - RHYTHM EXPRESS

The girls are,
1st row: Grace Reeves, Aleah Lyle, Ashley Griffie, Emily Tomey 2nd row: Catherine Tidwell, Anna Trautman, Allison Blair, Kyasia Satterwhite, Leigh Katherine Reynolds 3rd row: Mackenzie Gallop, Olivia Turner, Katie Blair, Abigail Hitt, Sakari Pack, Bryanna Ausborn, Sky French, Jada Gilleylen, Madalyn Schwalenberg, Taylor Morgan, Victoria Johnson.


12:30-1:00 p.m. - CHEERNASTICS




1:30-2:30 p.m. - Sherman Dillon Blues Band
  Sherman Lee Dillon was born in Meadville, Mississippi (pop. 451) in 1951. Fifteen miles outside of town is where Sherman Lee spent his formative years. Cousin Geraldene had a piano, so whenever he'd walk to her house, she'd give him lessons. Uncle Erastus taught the old time shaped note singing and made sure his nephews carried on the tradition. At age 12, Sherman began playing the guitar; at 14 the harmonica; at 15 the banjo and steel guitar (not to mention playing trumpet and baritone in the school band and teaching his brother the tenor sax). Living in a dry county with only one black-topped road, his performing experience had mostly been for neighborhood gatherings with payment in homemade wine. One night a band from McComb (Bo Didley's home) drove up to the Dillon house. They asked him to be their guitar player and go to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to make a record with them. At the age of 16 Sherman left home and has been playing music professionally ever since. While many of his friends and partners went to Memphis, Nashville, New York, L.A., or hooked up with big names, Sherman Lee took a less sensational but probably more rewarding road. Married at age 19 he and his wife Louise raised seven children while he continued to play the bars, honky-tonks and juke joints of Mississippi.
  Deciding to be a regional performer has actually worked quite well. Rufus Thomas, King Floyd, William Bell, McKinnley Mitchell, Sam Myers, J.T. Watkins (to mention a few) have called Sherman Lee to play with them when they were in the area. Sherman has performed in various configurations on shows with such notables as B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Little Milton and Bobby Rush. When Sandy Davis, casting director for "O Brother, Where Art Thou,?" came to Jackson, she used him as a voice model, personal musical coach to Tim Blake Nelson (Delmar), and consulted him almost daily throughout their Mississippi filming. He was one of the three Dobro players in the film, and was asked to perform at the cast party. Sherman Lee represented Mississippi and was a finalist in the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Recently he has been featured at the South Side Shuffle in Ontario, Canada, The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival in Ontario, and the Cali Blues and Folk Festival in Cali, Colombia, South America. In August of this year, he will be awarded the "Traditional Blues CD of the Year" by the Rural Roots Music Commission for his previous CD titled "State of the Blues." This will be his fourth appearance at the Amory Railroad Festival.



2:30-3:00 p.m. - Amory Dance Centre

Amory Dance Centre will perform selections from their upcoming spring recital, "All You Need is Love." For more information about Amory Dance Centre's classes, performance schedule or booking opportunities, please call Sally Laird at 662-640-1121 or emailamorydancecentre@gmail.com. Also, check us out on Facebook.

 


5:00-6:00 p.m. - GREG DILLARD
Greg Dillard is a singer/songwriter who resides in Tupelo. Greg plays around 150 gigs (average) per year and performs his own originals as well as an extensive mix of country, rock, R & B, and soul cover material spanning various decades. Greg's originals have a definite Caribbean influence to them, mixed with a sound similar to Jason Mraz/Zac Brown Band.



6:30-7:30p.m. - Bikini Frankenstein
 




8:00-9:30 p.m. - COLE VOSBURY
(4th Runnerup, The Voice
Meet Cole Vosbury. Born into a musical family, Cole is a young aspiring musician/singer/songwriter from Shreveport, Louisiana. Cole's father, Robin Vosbury and uncle, Keith Vosbury, are musicians who have performed in Louisiana and beyond since early childhood. Cole began performing in nursing homes at the age of 3, and by the age of 5 he was performing in various churches in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, but he is best known for his 2013 appearance on Season 5 of NBC's "The Voice." During Cole's blind audition for "The Voice" Season 5, Cole told producers that his dad tried to keep him out of the music business, knowing how hard it is, but saw the drive his son had, and now stands by him proudly. Cole Prides himself on the fact that his musical talent is not limited to just one genre. He has a country blues sound with a background of soul and rock and roll. Cole is also a talented multi-instrumentalist on guitar, bass, drums, and piano.

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FRISCO PARK STAGE
Saturday, April 12, 2013
 
10:00-11:30 a.m. - Tiffany's School of Dance



11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Country Cloggers




12:30-1:15 p.m. - AHS JAZZ BAND
& DRUM LINE


1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - AARON VANCE


2:30-3:00 p.m. - CHEERNASTICS



3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Black Beard's Delight


 
4:30-5:30 p.m. - MINK BROTHERS
 
5:30-6:00 p.m. - ROY HOOD
Roy Hood returns. We're not sure how many continuous years he's played the Railroad Festival, but it's a lot. A recent survey has determined that there are 19 guitars in Roy's Atlanta home. At the age of 64, he has not yet learned to play more than one at a time. On the other hand, he and longtime musical collaborator, Art Gentry (of Amory, leader of The Gents), did play one guitar together at the same time. It was a little creepy. This year, Roy's set list will include songs by Jimi Hendrix and Alan Jackson. Go figure. After he sings, he intends to enjoy some fried dill pickles.



6:00 - 7:00 p.m. -
ARTWORK
Art Gentry (Guitar)
Art resides in Amory, Mississippi and has played the guitar, mandolin and banjo professionally for over 20 years as an individual instrumentalist and also with a variety of groups. With his band, The Gents, he has shared the stage with Colin Ray, Alabama, Little River Band, Louis Grizzard and many others. Currently, Art is writing and scoring the music for an upcoming feature film entitled "Most Changed." Art plays the "Gut String Guitar with his brother, Joey, in the duo ARTWORK.

Joey Gentry (Keyboards)
Joey brings a Southern sensibility to his music, having been born in the Delta of Mississippi, raised in Yazoo City, Mississippi and Little Rock, Arkansas. Joey is a multi-instrumentalist, playing keyboard and guitar and singing lead vocals. He currently resides in Nashville and has performed for over 20 years with a variety of professional groups and artists. Previously the keyboard man for the hit group Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose ("Too Late to Turn Back Now," "Treat Her Like a Lady) Joey was also one of the co-founders of the group "Life" at the famous "Castaways Club" in Miami Beach, and he has shared the stage with such varied performers as KC and the Sunshine Band, Sherman Dillon, George Jones, and a host of other artists traveling the U.S. National Concert circuit. In addition to performing, Joey is a prolific songwriter, engineering and producing his own music and has recently become involved in film scoring and commercial sound design.

Kelly Gentry
Kelly was born in Mississippi and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where she currently resides. Kelly is Joey Gentry's daughter and Art Gentry's niece and has been surrounded by music her entire life. She has been singing rock and roll, Blues, Country and everything in between for as long as she can remember. Kelly has performed with Artwork for several years and is very excited to be a part of this year's festival.

 

 

7:15 - 8:15 p.m. - PRISCILLA BARKER
PRISCILLA BARKER is a singer/song/writer and Amory native. She recently appeared on season 13 of American Idol and is currently back and forth in Nashville and local areas playing shows, co-writing, and making music connections. She is very excited to be accompanied this year by a very talented and seasoned band. You can follow Priscilla and keep up with her latest news via these social media websites:

YouTube: Priscilla Barker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PriscillaBakerOfficial
Twitter & Instagram: @prisbarker

 
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. - THE GENTS


Rising out of the Garage Band era of the 60's, THE GENTS made their debut around 1965 and played the music of the era for about five years before going their separate ways. In 1987 the original band re-formed, added several other musicians and started in once again to conquer the music world with their goodtime music and show. They have been playing continuously since for over 25 years. When added all together, this band has been playing together for over 30 years! Art Gentry, guitar & vocals; Eddie Sanders, keyboard & vocals; Johnny Turman, guitar & vocals; Wavy Dave Randazzao, trumpet & vocals; David Welsh, bass guitar & vocals; Joey Gentry, keyboard & vocals; Keith Shaddox, drums. To contact: art.gentry@communitybank.net


 Sunday, April 13, 2014 
 
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Tabernacle Praise Band

 
 
2:00-3:00 p.m. - Brad Blalock

Brad has been strumming since a boy, and though his styles have changed through the years, his true influences have always kept him level. Having played solo, in duos, trios and seven-piece bands, he plays a style of music that crosses over from rock to bluegrass, takes a tour through country, a left turn at pop and ends up in blues. Truly, he just enjoys playing and hopes you'll enjoy listening.  Incidentally, Brad is mayor of Amory.

 
3:15-3:45 p.m. - MOLLIE BEARD

Mollie Beard's goal in life is to sing for the Lord. Since age four, she has been performing Southern Gospel. Mollie says, "If you have ever heard of Bill Gaither, that's when I discovered that Southern Gospel is for me."  Mollie is in the ninth grade at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and is in the praise band at school and at her church, West Jackson Street Baptist.

 

4:00-4:30 p.m. - Hobo Singers