The music of John Denver coming to Potomac State on Sunday
Keyser, WV- Come home for the holidays as Highland Arts Unlimited brings Jim Curry’s Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver to the campus of Potomac State College for one show only at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Church-McKee Arts Center.
This Christmas show brings John Denver’s music to life as Curry showcases his talent. Studying music in college, Curry’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, he continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story” in which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts. He is not an impersonator at all. Curry sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie’s Song" and "Calypso" fill the room. Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis. John Denver grew rapidly into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60’s and his lyrics in songs like, “Take me Home Country Roads” gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home.
As the concerns of global warming and other environmental issues reach today’s youth, Curry sees a growing number of younger listeners. Curry says, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.” Jim has created the ultimate tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today. He often performs with John Denver’s former band members: bass player Dick Kniss - who also tours with Peter Paul and Mary; songwriter, guitar and dobro player Steve Weisberg - who penned many of John Denver’s recordings; banjo player Jim Connor - a former member of the New Kingston Trio and author of the hit song “Grandma’s Feather Bed;” Legendary guitarist James Burton - who played with Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and John Denver; Chad Mitchell and the Chad Mitchell Trio; and in what would be one of his last major performances before his passing, singer/songwriter John Stewart of the famed Kingston Trio.
The bold and dynamic thinking of Curry continues to produce historical concert engagements and brings icons of the music industry together into powerful shows. Jim’s latest efforts have taken his tribute show to a new level by adding symphony orchestrations back into live performances of John Denver music. When John Denver wanted to add a full orchestra to his live shows and recordings, he teamed up with Grammy Award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge. John’s songs along with Lee’s symphony arrangements became the trademark sound of many of John’s hits. Whether Jim is performing with a symphony orchestra, with his talented band, or all by himself, his compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature is an unforgettable show to fill up your senses.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Potomac State Students are free with college I.D. Advance tickets are available at Linda's Hallmark, Candlewyck Inn, Anderson’s Corner and the Allegany County Arts Council or by calling 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9464.
This year’s programs are funded in part by membership contributions, grants from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, and financial assistance from Potomac State College, the Mineral County Board of Education, and corporate sponsors.