Nashville Backstage Series Continues in March

Raue Center’s "Nashville Backstage Series: A Country Cabaret" returns to Crystal Lake at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1.

The Raue Center for the Arts is welcoming the "Nashville Backstage Series: A Country Cabaret" back to Crystal Lake this Friday.

The series features outstanding singer-songwriters straight out of Nashville like Sherrié Austin, Tony Haselden and Will Rambeaux.

These country artists have penned hits for music legends like Blake Shelton, Faith Hill and George Strait. The Raue is offering a unique opportunity for guests to hear their favorite songs the way they were meant to be heard.

This series originally started in partnership with Blue Bird Cafe under the guidance of Michael Bush, and modeled after the Grand Ole Opry. It features some of the hottest acts to come out of Tennessee today, said Alex McMillin, marketing and development manager for the Raue.

Nashville Backstage has one additional date at the end of the season: June 28, 2013.

Single tickets start at $32, or a series pass is available.

Visit www.rauecenter.org, or contact the Box Office at 26 N. Williams Street or by calling 815-356-9212.

About Sherrié Austin

Australian singer/songwriter Sherrié Austin spent most of her life in show business, from her earliest days as an opening act for the legendary Johnny Cash, to her time as an actor and pop music artist in Los Angeles, to her recent appearance on Broadway in the musical “Ring of Fire." Sherrié moved to Los Angeles when she got her first big break on the TV sitcom “The Facts Of Life,” leading to dozens of TV shows and films over the next few years while she continued to pursue her singing career.

Signing with Jimmy Lovine’s Interscope Records, she recorded a pop project and began touring. Sherrié then set out across the country for Music City to pursue country music. She was soon fielding her share of record label offers and signed with Arista Nashville during the label’s heyday, recording two albums and releasing several singles.  Austin also received an ACM Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” garnered the #1 Chart position on CMT’s Countdown on all of her music videos and she received the very coveted, “Golden Guitar Award” in her native country of Australia.

About Tony Haselden

Tony Haselden, an exceptional guitarist and vocalist, relocated to Nashville, several years ago and is one of the top songwriters/producers in Country music. Tony wrote the #1 Country hits "That's My Story" by Colin Ray, "It Ain't Nothin" by Keith Whitley, and "You Know Me Better Than That" by George Strait and produced the Country artists Michelle Wright, The Kinleys and The Wilkinsons. Tony also founded the group Louisiana's LeRoux, a cult favorite along the bayou and nationwide, who blend a matchless gumbo of sounds, including blues, R&B, funk, jazz, rock, and Cajun to make a sizzling sound.

About Will Rambeaux

Will Rambeaux is a singer/songwriter/producer from Lafayette, LA in the heart of Cajun country. With the help and encouragement of Roy Orbison, Will moved to Nashville in the 1980s and has since had three #1 hits, including Faith Hill's record-breaking first single "Wild One," and dozens of songs recorded by such artists as Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, John Michael Montgomery and Patty Loveless.

He has also produced many album projects including four CDs by Australian artist Sherrie' Austin.


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