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‘Don’t Ya’ know KJUG kicks off in Exeter

‘Don’t Ya’ know KJUG kicks off in Exeter

Summer is finally here and with the start of summer comes the KJUG Free Summer Concert Series. Up first in the jam packed lineup is Brett Eldredge on Thursday, June 27 at Exeter City Park.

The Illinois native has released his new single “Don’t Ya” with his debut album “Bring You Back” slated to be released in 2013 on Atlantic Records.

Eldredge grew up listening to records from Ray Charles, Ronnie Dunn, and, of course, the greatest of them all: Frank Sinatra. His parents bought a guitar and a small sound system for Eldredge when he was a teen, and while he didn’t immediately take to the instrument, the sound system and its wireless microphone became a cornerstone of his early musical training. By age 15, Eldredge was a performer in demand for local functions.

Eldredge says there was no question that his passion for performance would carry him to Nashville, but his move to Music City after college made one thing clear: He was going to have to pick up that abandoned guitar. So Eldredge locked himself in a room to practice, and eventually started writing songs of his own.

He has since moved on to writing with some of Nashville’s greats, including the legendary “Whispering” Bill Anderson, who taught him that one of the tricks to being a great songwriter is to just keep writing Two singles he’s released so far certainly prove his range. His 2010 debut, “Raymond,” was inspired in part by Eldredge’s own grandmother and her struggle with Alzheimer’s. Current single “Don’t Ya” hits the opposite end of the spectrum, an up-tempo flirtation that ponders the mystery of romantic relations, and showcases the sexy baritone in Eldredge’s voice. And during his own high-energy live shows,just like that kid with the wireless mic, Eldredge goes out of his way to connect with every member of the crowd.

You have your chance to see Eldredge live and up close and personal at Exeter City Park. The Concert is set to begin at 7 p.m. and the best part is it is absolutely free thanks to KJUG and their local sponsors. So make sure you get out to Exeter City Park early with your blanket and or blankets to save your spot.

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