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Reba McEntire puts Kamloops on her tour map
Country-music legend Reba McEntire will be in Kamloops on Friday, Oct. 11, for a 7:30 p.m. show at Interior Savings Centre.
Opening for her will be Gord Bamford, who broke onto the Canadian country-music scene in January 2001 with his debut album, God’s Green Earth.
McEntire has sold 56-million albums worldwide and has more awards than any mantelpiece could hold, including 15 American Music Awards, 13 American Country Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, two Grammies and the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.
She’s one of four entertainers to receive the recognition from the political body.
McEntire started her musical career while in high school, singing in the school band, on local radio shows and at rodeos.
While in college, she performed the American national anthem at a rodeo in Oklahoma City, catching the eye of country-music singer Red Steagall.
He took her to Nashville and she signed with Mercury Records in 1976, releasing her first solo album two years later.
McEntire moved into another side of performing in 1990 when she co-starred with Kevin Bacon in Tremors, playing part of a couple who had built themselves a nuclear refuge filled with guns.
She starred in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway, on television in Reba — for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award — and Malibu Country, which was cancelled after its first season.
Her last tour, All The Women I Am, led Billboard magazine to declare her the No. 1 female country touring artist.
Bamford has opened shows for Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Don Williams and Terri Clark.
In 2005 and 2006, he was nominated for independent male vocalist of the year, independent song of the year and Rising Star awards by the Canadian Country Music Association.
His first single from Honkytonks and Heartaches — Blame It On That Red Dress — was his first Top 20 hit on Canadian country-singles charts.
His most recent album, Is It Friday Yet?, was released last year.
Tickets are $69.50 and $89.50 for reserved seating, plus service charges and taxes, and go on sale Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.
Tickets are available at the venue box office, online or by calling 1-855-985-5000.