Choctaw Grand Theater | Durant, Oklahoma
Three-time Country Music Association Award winner, four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, and 2021s CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, CMT Music Award winner, plus, one of CMT’s 2022 Artists of The Year, and to top it all, the current reigning ACM Awards Female Artist of the Year, and Grammy Award-winning, Carly Pearce!!! Wow, that’s a heck of a load of acronyms… Ladies and Gents, she really is Country music royalty, and you can get to see her live at Choctaw Grand Theater, at Choctaw Casino & Resort, in Durant, OK along with newcomer, and rising country star, Cam Allen. Grab some tickets and get ready to kick up some dust on Friday, August 25, 2023.
As well as all the CMA, ACM, CMT acronym awards as listed above, Carly Pearce became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2021. In 2023, she made history as one of the first female pairs to be awarded the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award for her duet, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” with Ashley McBryde. The song is Carly’s third number 1 to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and only the third duet between two solo women to ever reach that spot. As if you couldn’t give a song any more praise, it also took home the 2022 CMA Musical Event of the Year!
With a musical style firmly rooted in classical Country, and embedded in Bluegrass, Carly has named Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Rhonda Vincent as her top influences. She first came to the attention of country music lovers when her self produced track, "Every Little Thing" started receiving radio plays. Her debut album, of the same name, reached the top five of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while the song, itself, hit number 1 on the Billboard country chart. That’s all quite spectacular for a girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood.
Carly’s second, and self-titled album made history when the title track, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” which she wrote with Lee Brice, won both the 2020 CMA Awards Musical Event and 2021 ACM Awards Music Event, plus earned the ACM Single of the Year. In September 2021, shortly after joining the Grand Ole Opry, Carly released her third studio album, 29: Written in Stone, reaching number nine on the Billboard country albums chart, and number 83 on the Billboard 200. The album contains the single, "Dear Miss Loretta", a tribute to Loretta Lynn featuring Patty Loveless, alongside the record-breaking, "Never Wanted to Be That Girl", duet with Ashley McBryde.
Cam Allen was first noticed when a tweet of him singing went viral, his vocals earned him a spot on the 19th season of American Idol in 2021, leading to his signing with GOAT Music Group, an independent label based in Texas. His debut EP, "Daydream," arrived early in 2022 with a full album due to drop this year. Allen and his Oklahoma country band have swiftly ascended through the country music scene throughout the Midwest with their unmistakable country sound with deep roots in southside Oklahoma.