VAN WERT — Three country music greats will be on the same stage for the Roots and Boots Tour Saturday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio.
Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye joined forces about seven years ago, bringing their combined 67 Billboard Top 100 hits together, sharing stories of country music in the ’90s.
“We’ve never had a concert like this in terms of having three huge country starts playing on the same stage,” said Marketing Director Kylie Owens. “We have people from all over coming, especially from the south — southern Mercer County and Darke County — coming up for this concert because they’ve seen them each before and want to see them all together.”
As of Tuesday, Owens said the box office is nearing just under 100 tickets left. They are fully expecting their first sellout of the season.
“Our audience enjoys country music, especially that ’90s country — that hits our demographic and the region really well,” she said. “Every time we have a country show, it always nearly sells out.”
Kershaw’s first album was released in 1991, but it was his 1993 song “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” that graced the No. 1 spot on countless charts and remains a staple in country music today.
Tippin burst onto the scene with his first studio album, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” in which the debut single peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard’s country charts. In 2015, he released “Aaron Tippin 25” to celebrate 25 years as a recording artist with old hits and new songs.
Also an instant hit was Raye with his single “Love, Me” from his solo debut album “All I Can Be.” Raye went on to top charts with “I Can Still Feel You,” “In This Life” and “My Kind of Girl.”
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