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Chris Cagle at the Smith Opera House

Geneva’s Smith Opera House becomes the Smith ‘Opry’ House, when FCM Productions in conjunction with K101.7, present Cagle, Ciara Lynn and the Back Alley Boys live on stage, Saturday, March 15.

In his debut CD titled “Play It Loud,” Chris Cagle unleashed his unique version of high octane country music like an icy glass of Jolt Cola and a pair of well-worn cowboy boots. Like many of his generation, Cagle was equally influenced by country and rock artists. His biggest influences remain the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Eagles, while at the same time he loves the richness of Conway Twitty and the fire of Charlie Daniels. The result of these influences is Chris Cagle's 'new traditional' country music that's a perfect fit for contemporary times.

With his musical palette, Chris creates a portrait that spans the gamut of emotion, from capturing the anticipation of a Friday night out with the boys and the fond remembrances of high school years to the passion of loving a soul mate or the heartbreak of the one that got away. Billboard Magazine describes Chris Cagle's music as “an all-out assault on the senses.” The review states, “In a day and time where people seem much too willing to play it safe and release vanilla music, it's nice to hear something that has the blistering energy of a liquored-up bar band on a sweaty Saturday night. Newcomer Chris Cagle unleashes a torrent of vocal intensity on this up-tempo debut that is quickly winning support at country radio. This record absolutely commands attention.”

Chris co-produced the album and co-wrote eight of its ten songs. With more passion than polish, the infectious, driving rhythms of “My Love Goes On And On” and “Country By The Grace Of God” capture the rollicking good times of a weekend in Texas. Yet in ballads like “Safe Side,” he poignantly captures the gut wrenching longing of a man who lost his love by playing it safe. “Lovin' You Lovin' Me” describes the deep commitment of a mature love that has only grown more powerful with time. His new album goes on sale April 1.

With a voice that can deliver a heart wrenching ballad or belt out an up-tempo hit, 16-year-old Ciara Lynn is poised and ready for stardom. On the strength and success of her current release, “Why Shouldn’t I,” Lynn has been touring the northeast and sharing the stage with a literal “who's who” of country music artists that includes Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Steve Azar, Emerson Drive, Brad Paisley and many others. With all of this stardom activity swirling around her, Lynn remains a grounded teenager and an honor student at Webster Thomas High School in Rochester. She's a member of the cheerleading squad, performs with the school's Chorus, Show Choir, and Jazz Choir, and is active in community service.

The Back Alley Boys are considered by many to be one of the hottest country acts in the northeastern United States. The Boys have been entertaining audiences throughout the area since their inception in 1992. During that time period they have appeared in front of numerous fans that are always left begging for more. Having shared the stagewith countless national recording artists as diverse as The Charlie Daniels Band, George Jones, and Martina McBride, The Back Alley Boys are themselves deserving of the spotlight!

The Back Alley Boys sound can best be described as a crossbreed of back beat boogie blues, and new and traditional country which ultimately results in a mix of sweet three part harmonies, searing guitar work, boogie woogie piano, combined with a thunderous rhythm section that allow the Boys to play in a league of their own.

Show time is 6:45 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $23.50 and may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll free 1-866-355-LIVE. They may also be purchased by calling FCM Productions at 800-675-9123.

The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva.

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