Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Sept. 24, 2001

Eric Heatherly to play fund raising concert in Hutchinson

By Ryan Gueningsman

Winstock 2001 alumnus Eric Heatherly will be back in our area Thursday, Sept. 27 for a performance at the McLeod County Fairgrounds.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. with Clover as the opening band.

Known for his exciting live shows, down-to-earth personality, and rockabilly sound, Heatherly will take the stage for a concert to help raise funds towards the relief efforts for the September 11 tragedies in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Funds raised will be in support of God's Word Ministry, a non-profit, non-denominational service organization that helps people in need in the Hutchinson area. The proceeds will be divided among various charities that Heatherly sees appropriate towards the rescue and recovery operations.

"I have run this program for almost four years and the needs are growing every day," said Rev. Cheryl Venable of God's Word.

"I chose to put on a concert with Mr. Heatherly as the main attraction because he is a young man who knows the meaning of hard work, has very strong family values, and has participated in many charity events . . . he is a well-grounded young man who didn't sell out his values to get to the top."

Heatherly made it to the top with his remake of the Statler Brothers' tune "Flowers on the Wall."

This has built his fan base and chances are you've heard some of his other singles on the radio, including "Swimming in Champagne," and "Wrong Five O' Clock."

Heatherly said in a pre-Winstock interview about his music overall, "It's based in the traditional hillbilly, rockabilly school of thought, but it gets modernized with guitar and the backbeat on the drums and everything. I just try to take the essence and the feel of that old '50s to mid '60s vibe, and try to make it something fresh and new, and that's all I'm trying to do."

Going along with Heatherly's performance will be a silent auction with many unique items.

Two Les Kouba paintings; a guitar with 53 country artists' signatures on it, including Heatherly's, as well as past Winstock performers Mark Wills, Montgomery Gentry, Bryan White, Tim Rushlow, and Terri Clark; sports memorabilia; and many other miscellaneous items will be up for bidding.

Heatherly is set to take the stage about 8 p.m. in the agricultural building.

He said about performing live, "I think when you walk out on stage, it should be uninhibited madness, just go for it."

Ticket prices for the show are $10 and $15, and can be purchased by calling 320-587-8914.

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