Casinos: Lee Greenwood at Thunder Valley

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:43 AM

When Cavaliere was forming a new grouping in the mid-1960s, he asked Greenwood to connect him. Greenwood declined, and Cavaliere built the Youthful Rascals, whose first recording, “Good Lovin’,” topped the charts., seventy-three, is firmly established as a country star because of one song, frequently called the Reagan national anthem, “God Bless the U.

Casinos: Lee Greenwood at Thunder Valley

A week after Felix Cavaliere appeared at Thunder Valley, Lee Greenwood will carry out there.

When Cavaliere was forming a new grouping in the mid-1960s, he asked Greenwood to connect him. Greenwood declined, and Cavaliere built the Youthful Rascals, whose first recording, “Good Lovin’,” topped the charts.

, seventy-three, is firmly established as a country star because of one song, frequently called the Reagan national anthem, “God Bless the U. S. A.” (It was used by Ronald and Nancy Reagan throughout the one thousand nine hundred eighty-four presidential campaign and sung at his second inauguration at her request.) Before he became a Top ten success in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fourth, Greenwood played just about every type of venue, singing and conducting just about every type of music.

When the MGM Grand Reno opened in one thousand nine hundred seventy-eighth, Greenwood played piano and sang songs in the open Club Lounge just interior the entrance. When Breck Wall and Patrick Maes produced revues, such as “Bottoms Up” and “Naughty, But Nice,” Greenwood conducted the tiny supporting band. He played at cabarets in northern NV before heading the Lee Greenwood Affair in the late one thousand nine hundred seventy – a sort of mini-revue with three singer-dancers.

Raised by his grandparents on a farm exterior Sacramento, Greenwood started a band, the Moonbeams, in high school. He'd another, the Apollos, and even managed to snag an extended gig at the Stardust in Vegas. Those years were frustrating because lounge entertainment, particularly open lounge entertainment, was considered by operators as mostly noise, contributors to the atmosphere but hardly the main ingredient.

For four years Greenwood worked the lounges and dealt blackjack during the day. He finally headed to Nashville for a demo and recording session. There have been eighteen albums since and seven No. one hits.

Three years ago, Greenwood wrote a book, “Does God Still Bless the U. S. A.?” Latest year, he released “Proud to Be an American,” a book with the lyrics of the song and a new download. (Friday, April one, 7:30 p. m.; $42.75-$52.75; )

Elsewhere

Country is also featured tonight at the Silver Heritage in Reno when Chris Janson (“Buy Me a Boat”) debuts. (eight p. m.; $49.50-$59.50; )

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, better known simply as Air Supply, the Aussie soft rockers responsible for “Lost in Love” and “The One That You Love,” among other hits, play Cache Creek on Saturday, April two (eight p. m.), and Sunday, April three (four p. m.). ($45-$69; )

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