By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
When famed country music artist John Conlee steps on the stage Sunday at the Corinth Coliseum Theatre fans can expect to hear a string of hits dating back decades.
Conlee is well known for hits such as “Rose Colored Glasses,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” Common Man” and many others.
He will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Corinth Coliseum, 404 Taylor St.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry for 37 years, Conlee still performs regularly at the legendary country music venue. But coming to Mississippi, known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” is also a great honor. Conlee noted that one of his favorite musicians, B.B. King, is from the Magnolia State.
Conlee has remained in the country music spotlight over the years. He has recently gained much praise from the law enforcement community for his song “Walkin’ Behind the Star,” which is about officers who put their lives on the line for the people.
Conlee wanted to honor law enforcement at a time that many officers have come under violent attack for simply doing their jobs. He noted that many people who speak out against law enforcement would probably be the first to call 911 for help. He wanted to let law enforcement know that they are important and very much needed.
As evidenced by his song “Common Man,” Conlee, a Kentucky native and Farm Aid performer, has great respect for working men and women.
Conlee’s music also honors service members and Jesus Christ, and his show in Corinth will include a couple of Gospel songs. But mostly his Corinth performance will concentrate on the hits, of which Conlee has many to his name.
Conlee has had 26 songs chart in the top 20 or better, and eight have reached No. 1 on the national country charts. His goal at the start of his career was to achieve longevity and to produce a body of work, and he has succeeded and is still recording.
Many of Conlee’s performances from years ago are on YouTube, and Conlee noted that the Internet was just a “dream” when his career began. But the Internet has helped musicians like himself get their music out to even more people when radio was the main way previously, Conlee added.
It is “gratifying” to know so many people have enjoyed his music over the years. And it is also very meaningful when he sees people singing along with a song that was released before they were born.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.itickets.com or call 800-965-9324.