Three shows featuring national country music artists remain on the program at the Jackson Live and Event Center.
Lorrie Morgan (January 14), Jimmy Fortune (March 12) and Gene Watson (April 9) will close the series as Seymour Hall’s final musical performance.
On November 21, the Burton family announced on the Jackson Live Facebook page that they had made the difficult decision to shut down but still wanted the last four national groups to perform, including one in December.
“It was not an easy decision,” read the message. “If the entertainment industry rebounds in the next few years, we may be able to try again, but unfortunately now is not the time. We attempted this endeavor at the worst possible times (during the COVID-19 pandemic) and had everything we could against us. We must say that we do not regret having attempted this adventure and that we do not consider it a failure in any way.
Between weekly shows and national numbers, the Burtons have said they’ve met so many wonderful people and now consider many of them friends.
Amanda Burton said she received a fairly good response in selling tickets to the remaining shows despite minimal publicity, but advertisements are underway on local radio stations.
Tickets cost $ 40 for each show and are available online at jacksonliveandevents.com or by calling 812-521-1282. All three start at 7 p.m. with doors open at 6 p.m.
“We would love a sold out show,” Amanda said. “The sooner you buy them, the better your seating. We just want to try to sell as much as possible.
The other national groups that have performed at Jackson Live since the summer of 2021 have been well received, and Burton believes Morgan, Fortune and Watson will attract good crowds.
“We’re trying to help Seymour and bring different things to Seymour to give people something to do,” she said. “Especially this time of year there isn’t much to do other than some ball games in the winter so it’s just about giving everyone a clean, family entertainment option. ”
About Lorrie Morgan
Morgan is from Nashville, Tennessee, who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan, according to his website, lorrie.com.
She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13 singing “Paper Roses”. Her father died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 51. She was 16 at the time and was just starting her musical career.
She began making records soon after and was honored to be inducted into the cast of Opry at the age of 24.
Morgan married fellow country singer Keith Whitley in 1986. She was signed to RCA Records in 1987, and her streak of hits began the following year. Whitley’s death from an alcohol overdose in 1989 left her a widowed working mother. Their duet, “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose,” won him a CMA award in 1990.
Her first three albums, “Leave the Light On” (1989), “Something in Red” (1991) and “Watch Me” (1992), all won platinum records. His collection of greatest hits (1999) was also platinum. “War Paint” (1994), “Greater Need” (1996) and “Shakin ‘Things Up” (1997) all won gold records.
Morgan has maintained its recording pace throughout the new millennium, releasing collections in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2010.
In 2013, she teamed up with Opry star Pam Tillis for the duet CD “Dos Divas”. The two hitmakers then embarked on a joint two-year tour that sold out with every appearance.
Tillis is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, who co-wrote “Strange” on Morgan’s CD, “Letting Go… Slow,” her first new solo album in five years.
“On the outside I’m very light, but on the inside I have a lot of pain to deal with,” Morgan said in her website bio. “Singing is my therapy, and that’s the goal of this album. … I’m at the point where I’m no longer afraid to sing what I want to sing and to be creative, and this record gave me that chance.
Her goal was to record a Grammy Award-winning album.
“But whatever happened, I think those recording sessions were just magical,” she said. “It was the most fun I have ever had to make an album.”
The building gets a new use
When national shows and some previously booked wedding receptions are not taking place at Jackson Live this year, Emmanuel Church’s new Seymour campus is using the building.
Burton said they were approached by church officials a few months ago to rent premises at Emmanuel’s fifth campus in Indiana.
“They needed a place to be able to meet every week or worship every week, and we were able to provide it for them,” she said. “They even brought two modules that they installed so that their young people could meet too, because there was not enough space there.”
She said the church had around 300 people attending Sunday worship services.
“They are here to stay, and they have a lot of things planned for the future,” Burton said.
Behind the building, construction is underway on the new location of Burton’s other company, Schneider Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Their current location at 324 S. Laurel St. was recently purchased by Schneck Medical Center.
“It will be a lot bigger, and we will be able to have a lot more stock and just more space,” Amanda said of the new building. “We’ve grown too big for the building we’re in, which is a good problem to have. “