Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


July 8, 2014

RAA goes big with country music concert in Batesville

Batesville - Rural Alliance for the Arts wanted to do something BIG to kick-off their 2014-15 entertainment season, and what’s bigger in Southeastern Indiana than Country music? So, on Saturday Sept. 13, John Michael Montgomery will be gracing a Batesville stage at The Plex at 8 p.m, with opening act, Hayden Kaye, starting at 6:30 p.m. Even if you’re not immediately sure who John Michael is, or even a country music aficionado, as soon as you hear his songs you’re likely to know them. They include “Life’s A Dance,” “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” and more recently “Letters from Home.” Since the early 90’s he has sold 18 million albums, had 36 hit singles and 15 number one songs.

Tickets are on sale now and cost only $20, much lower than many musical acts of this caliber. They can be purchased online at, or in person at WRBI, Kroger, the Batesville Chamber of Commerce, and the Batesville Mayor’s Office in the Memorial Building. Tickets also available at the WRBI booth at the Ripley, Decatur and Franklin County Fairs.

The idea of bringing John Michael to Batesville came from RAA incoming Vice-President Jeff Pawlik, “When the board said they wanted to go big, I decided to run with it. I am not only a huge country music fan, but also a big fan of John Michael Montgomery’s. I knew that he lived not too far from here in Kentucky, so I gave his manager a call. Sure enough John Michael had a date available and wanted to come.” John Michael believes in the RAA cause and even made some concessions to help make it happen. “Even with his concessions, it still meant a big commitment from the RAA,” said Pawlik. Pawlik spoke with incoming RAA president Regina Siefert who loved the idea. Together they made a proposal to the RAA board early this year, it was passed, and a contract was signed.

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