Hank Fest to be #8216;rose-colored#039; this year

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 11, 2006

A guitarist and vocalist who has proven a crowd favorite and a former Kentucky farm boy who has performed at numerous Farm Aid concerts:

just two of the talented entertainers taking the stage at the upcoming Hank Williams Festival. The 27th annual event is slated for June 2 and 3 at Hank Williams Park in Georgiana.

Brad Magness hails from Nashville – Nashville, Indiana, that is. The town offers picture postcard scenery, mountaineer arts and crafts and its own &#8220Little Nashville Opry,” where Magness regularly performs.

He also has a collection of Hank memorabilia in his home in a spot Magness affectionately calls &#8220The Hanks Room.”

Magness has served as both warm-up and featured artist with such legendary entertainers as George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Ray Price and Hank Williams Jr.

A regular at the annual festival, Magness will be bringing his down-to-earth style to the Hank Fest both Friday and Saturday.

John Conlee, who grew up plowing fields, slopping hogs and raising tobacco on a Kentucky farm, discovered success as an entertainer in the late 1970s. After years as a disk jockey, he signed to ABC Records.

His first release went nowhere fast, but by March 1978, &#8220Rose-Colored Glasses” was a huge hit, and the hits continued to roll – &#8220Lady Lay Down,” &#8220Friday Night Blues,” &#8220Miss Emily's Picture” and &#8220Mama's Rockin' Chair” were just a few.

Conlee will take the stage Friday night at the Hank Williams Festival.

Other entertainers performing that weekend include Ray Price, Billy Joe Royal, Jett Williams and Doug Stone.

Advance tickets are now on sale at a discounted price of $30 for a weekend ticket. Friday tickets are $15 and Saturday tickets are $25 when purchased separately.