Tony Bailey

VALDESE -- Valdese Family Friday Nights Summer Concert series will feature the Tony Bailey Band this Friday at 7 p.m., in the Town Parking area.

Bailey grew up in Mocksville, North Carolina, a little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy, listening to his mom and dad's albums of Elvis, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Eagles. Then add to the mix, Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin and you get the picture. That was enough to reel Tony in to a world of music that I would never leave behind. Throughout the years, Bailey went on to play the rock and roll circuit, playing in cover bands and doing everything from classic rock to ‘80s metal to blues to. But his roots were always in country music.

“I love playing to a live audience, there is nothing like seeing the crowd singing your songs along with you, and it humbles me so that I just want to reach out and high-five every person there and thank them for being there,” Bailey said. “We all know that without you there would be no us.

“I am currently playing over 150 shows a year from the Carolinas to Nashville, Tennessee, where me and the band enjoy playing shows at Tootsies on Broadway, and I have the honor and privilege to now be a part of the Sunday Songwriters Night at The Bluebird Café.”

Bailey’s country style is universal and he evokes the emotions and memories of days gone by and inspires his audience to see life in all of its glories little or great.

Tony Bailey’s music can be found at www.reverbnation.com/tonybailey and on his official website at www.tonybaileymusic.com or visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tony.bailey.12532 for links.

The concert will be preceded by the weekly cruise-in at Myra’s on Main Street at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available and provided by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Downtown shops will remain open later for visitors to shop.

For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Night’s Concert Schedule, go to visitvaldese.com.

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