Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, May 31, 1999

Winstock preview, part 2

By Ryan Gueningsman

If you are interested in working at Winstock and haven't signed up for a shift, there are still openings available.

For a complete listing, see the Holy Trinity church bulletin or call 1-888-WINSTOK for more information.

This week, profiles are about High Noon, John Conlee, The Kinleys, and BlackHawk.


Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.

In a recent interview with lead singer Henry Paul, I asked him if he remembered Winstock from when he was here in 1997.

He said he remembered it and asked to come back because there are several places that the band feels really well liked and at home, and Winstock was one of them.

"Emotionally, sometimes the moment calls for that (asking to return to a certain place)," said the singer. "It would be great if we could come back here and feel as good as we felt today."

With music as good and as powerful as BlackHawk's, it is no surprise that they are welcomed back to many places each year. Plus their live show, for those of you who remember, is excellent.

BlackHawk originally formed as a group in the early '90s and cut its first album in 1994. This had five songs hit the top 15 on the country charts and was an instant success.

Strong Enough and Love and Gravity, their second and third albums, also produced many hits including "I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No," "Postmarked Birmingham," and "Big Guitar."

"The three of us come from a very, very artistically minded, lyrically sensitive mindset of the singer-songwriters," Henry Paul said.

"When you say recording 'artists,' I think BlackHawk takes the description seriously. There are other groups with three-part harmony, but BlackHawk's sound is unique because it comes from all three singers."

The Sky's the Limit, their latest release is evidence of their three-way sound. With all three of the guys providing lead vocals at one time or another, this album is definitely true BlackHawk.

The same goes for when BlackHawk takes the stage at Winstock. We will also know and experience "true BlackHawk."

The Kinleys

Saturday, June 12, 5:15 p.m.

Two beautiful twin sisters who have struck gold on the country charts with several songs are The Kinleys.

What more do you need, right? Well, they have also established themselves as top songwriters and country artists of today.

Their first album, Just Between You and Me, produced various hits including "Please," and "Somebody's Out There Watching."

Growing up in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, Heather and Jennifer have learned to be true to themselves and true to their music.

They recall singing along with the Grease soundtrack at a young age. "She (Heather) was Rizzo, I was Olivia Newton John," Jennifer laughingly recalls.

However, it was in listening to The Everly Brothers that they discovered their country roots.

They also remember watching country music award shows and thinking how great it would be to become a part of that. At the young age of 19, Heather and Jennifer moved to Nashville to pursue their dream.

"It was scary, but exciting," says Heather. "We spent nights waitressing and days working on songwriting. We crashed parties, went to writers' showcases, spent a year at The Courtyard Cafe doing covers; Jennifer on piano, me on guitar. We were growing and learning."

Still searching for that "ideal song" led The Kinleys to co-write "Just Between You and Me" along with Russ Zavitson and his wife Debbie.

It was in getting that demo tape heard that led the Kinleys to a recording contract. Epic Nashville signed The Kinleys and an instant attraction was made.

Their first album was put out and several songs charted. They are looking for more country success and are planning another album soon.

John Conlee

Saturday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.

Recording his first new album in several years, John Conlee is heading to Winsted following the release of John Conlee, Live at Billy Bob's Texas.

This is an album which was recorded live and includes many great hits including "Rose Colored Glasses," and "Busted."

Born and raised in Kentucky, John Conlee is and always will be a true country boy. Following several jobs in radio as well as becoming a licensed mortician, Conlee has been busy over the years.

In the late 1970s, Conlee felt his career take off. Being signed to ABC Records, he released his first album, titled Rose Colored Glasses, in 1978. This yielded several hit songs and his signature song, "Rose Colored Glasses."

All of Conlee's hit songs have one thing in common: his unique voice.

In all, Conlee has released 17 albums and has had 29 singles released. Of those 29 singles, 26 charted in the top 20, and eight of those went on to become number one hits for John.

Still busy after all these years, John spends free time on the family farm in Kentucky, does woodworking, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

He also appears often at the Grand Ole Opry, which he has been a member of since 1981.

John is also very active with Feed the Children.

"My involvement with Feed the Children began when a fan brought a one-dollar bill up to the stage while I was singing 'Busted.' Before the song was over, 56 more people decided to get in on the joke. That $57 became my first donation to Feed the Children, and I decided to keep collecting at all of my shows for as long as folks care to give to help the hungry."

When out at Winstock, I encourage you to help John Conlee raise money and to donate a dollar bill or two to help him feed the children.

High Noon

Saturday, June 12, noon

Performing for 10 years across the United States and Canada, High Noon is a band which blends killer harmonies, great instrumentals, and top sound production into a great stage show.

Having been on television on "Star Search" to performing with The Judds and Sammy Kershaw just to name a few, High Noon is no stranger to the music business.

Nashville has also taken a notice to High Noon. The band has performed there several times and have recorded two of its three albums in Music City.

If you're going to sleep in on Saturday morning, fine, but make sure you head out and see High Noon starting at noon. They are an act not to be missed.

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