Press Release for Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Country Maverick Tracy Byrd To Play UNF Fine Arts Center

Carl Holman
Marketing Director
UNF Fine Arts Center
(904) 620-1921, c.holman@unf.edu

(JACKSONVILLE, FL) – Tracy Byrd, country music’s maverick superstar and baritone balladeer, performs an array of his rowdiest hits and soulful love songs at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center on October 10th at 7:30 p.m.

 

Tracy Byrd’s hits are well-known among legions of country music fans and routinely spun by radio programmers from coast to coast. Since signing his first record deal in 1992, Byrd has become one of country music’s core artists, a Texas born traditionalist equally skilled at serving up playful hits like “Watermelon Crawl” and “The Truth About Men” as well as poignant ballads such as his signature song “Keeper of the Stars,” which netted the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year accolade in 1996. His latest album is Different Things.

 

Whether taping a TV show, recording an album or raising money for charity, Byrd, a native of Beaumont, TX, approaches everything in life with a fiery intensity and commitment to excellence. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than on stage.

 

“The pay off always was and always will be that couple hours on stage every night,” says Byrd. “I still love making live music and working with my band. I still love working up a show and rehearsing. I enjoy that whole aspect of life because that’s where I came from. Some acts that are hit acts today lived in Nashville and were demo singers. I’d never been in a studio until I cut a record and got a record deal. I was a live performer. That’s what I am and where I came from and what I still love to do.”

 

Standing in front of people and making music is what launched Tracy Byrd’s career, and it’s what has sustained it. “We toured from day one and never stopped,” he says with a hint of pride. “You never heard of us taking a year off. You never heard of us taking a month off. We worked. Building a fan base like that in an old fashioned grassroots kind of way has really been a big reason for us staying around.”

 

Tickets and Information:
Individual tickets are $44, $39, and $28 for the general public and $10 for students. Additional discounts apply on select shows when purchasing for either 3 or 6 performances. For complete information about any shows or to purchase single tickets, visit www.unf.edu/fineartscenter or call the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Patrons can visit the Box Office in person at the University of North Florida, Building 45, Room 1400, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 90 minutes prior to show time.

 

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About The University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
Established in 2001, The University of Florida Fine Arts Center has built a rich tradition of showcasing an eclectic series of world-class performers, commercial entertainers, ethnic music and dance, cutting edge performances, and children’s programming as well as the premiere of new works to support upcoming artists. The Center’s goal is to enhance the academic programs of the University and to complement the cultural offerings within Jacksonville, building new audiences, and contributing to the quality of life and economic development of the city.