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Kenny James as Buddy Holly

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Award-winning performer Kenny James, wearing wide-rimmed glasses, will present a tribute to Buddy Holly March 18 at 7pm at The Palace Theatre in downtown Crossville, TN. James carries the honor of being named the “No. 1 Buddy Holly Tribute in Las Vegas” and “Best Entertainer” in Pigeon Forge. In addition, he has worked with noted artists The Drifters, The Coasters, Chubby Checker, The Shondells, Marty Stuart, and others. Buddy and the rockabilly group known as The Crickets recorded “That’ll Be the Day,” which zoomed to the Billboard No. 1 spot. Two solo hits for Buddy soon followed: “Peggy Sue” and “Rave On.”

Between 1957 and ’58, Buddy produced seven Top 40 Hits. Critics identified his jangling guitar and brand of rock as Tex-Mex. “Oh Boy,” “Maybe Baby,” “It’s So Easy,” “Think it Over,” “Everyday,” “Words of Love,” “Not Fade Away” and “True Love Ways” are still heard today. Charles Hardin Holley, known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He died at the start of his career in a tragic plane crash while on the Winter Dancy Party Tour along with other great performers of the 1950s, including The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Holly is still listed as number 13 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists”. Reserved tickets are $20/$25. Call 931.484.6133 or go to