Country music is theme of concert

Students sing in Nashville Nights Oct. 27. Singers sung original and cover songs. MARIAH HALVERSON | Scroll Photography
Students sing in Nashville Nights Oct. 27. Singers sung original and cover songs. MARIAH HALVERSON | Scroll Photography

Country songs and prizes were part of Nashville Nights Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium.
I-Cover tickets were awarded as a prize to the “most country person” in attendance.
Some students performed covers of songs by their favorite country singers and bands, including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Johnny Cash.
Respect the Mullet, a gro of musicians on campus, performed an original song called “I Knew,” which was written by Michael Michie, a junior studying business management, also known as “Banjo Mike” by his band mates.
“I wrote it during general conference this past session, Michie said. “It’s a song about faith, so I wrote it based on some of the talks.”
He said Respect the Mullet has practiced weekly since it got together for Guitars Unplugged. The band includes a banjo, harmonica, acoustic guitar and right bass.
Show manager Erin Timothy, a sophomore studying business management, said that she and her committee had been planning for this event since the beginning of the semester.
She judged the auditions of the performers, attended meetings weekly and set booths in the Manwaring Center for publicity.
She said that she was happy with the outcome of the night.
“There were a lot more people than I expected. There was a lot of energy,” Timothy said. “There were actually some really good people we had to cut because of time. A lot more people auditioned than I thought would, so I was really happy with it.”
Some of the audience members came to sport their friends in the show.
“I know somebody in it, and I also like country music,” said Chrisanne Hymas, a freshman majoring in general studies. “I got to come with friends and see people I know perform, and it’s just a fun atmosphere. It was a good show.”
Others were drawn to the show by their love of country music.
“I’ve just gotten into country music recently, and I just thought it was really cool to come here to check it out and get to see what the students are doing,” said Jeremy Williams, a senior studying psychology. “I just thought it was really cool, the talent that this school has and the people and the different genres of music. That’s really what I enjoy, because I’ve been to the other shows here. I’ve been to the hip-hop ones, and it’s really cool to hear the differences that different students have.”

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