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Arts & Entertainment Ronnie McDowell returns to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

FRANKLIN, NC – Ronnie McDowell returns to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on January 29 with an entire new show. McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with more than 3,000 members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.


Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song "The King Is Gone" on the independent Scorpion label.

The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, "The King Is Gone" has sold more than five million copies. Mc- Dowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label titled "I Love You, I Love You, I Love You" before being wooed and signed by CBS Records - Epic label in 1979. Every single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit, including the chart toppers "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation." Other hits included "Watchin Girls Go By," "Personally," "You Made A Wanted Man Of Me," "All Tied Up," and "In A New York Minute. "While Elvis Presley has played a big part in Ronnie Mc- Dowell's musical career, Ronnie continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement. He looks great, he sounds great, and judging from the long time adoration of his fans, he seems to grow better with each passing year!

McDowell’s performance begins at 7:30 PM, with tickets only $20 each. Tickets are available at the center box office at 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, at Dalton’s Christian Bookstore in Franklin and Waynesville, and online at GreatMouintainMusic.com, or call 866.273.4615.


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