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Free Southern Music Fest set for Sunday

Published 10:51am Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Music can be a great way to heat up the summer, and the Lake Martin Amphitheater is getting the ball rolling with its annual Southern Music Fest, set for Sunday.

“The Southern Music Fest is just a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer at Lake Martin,” said Robert Gunn, events coordinator at Russell Lands On Lake Martin. “It is another fun thing to do at the lake that weekend.”

Confederate Railroad will headline the event, preceded by David Ball and local favorite Rexton Lee.

Gunn said the Memorial Day concert is an institution in the area. It was rebranded as the Southern Music Fest last year and will be free admission for the first time.

“It just sounded like a good way to kick off the summer – to give everybody a free concert,” Gunn said. “We just want everybody to have a good time and enjoy some good music.”

Gunn said the line-up this year reflects an answer to requests for more country music.

“David Ball has done several things over the years and is probably known best for his Riding with Private Malone song,” Gunn said. “He’s really gotten into the supporting the troops role and has become famous for that … We thought that was pretty cool. We were excited about putting him on the stage.”

Confederate Railroad rose to the top of the country music charts in the early ‘90s with Jesus and Mama and Queen of Memphis, followed by Trashy Women, When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back and She Never Cried.

Gates will open about 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale, and attendees are invited to bring blankets and chairs.

“We just want to fill the place up,” Gunn said.

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