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Concert set in downtown VB

A free concert featuring country singer Caleb Garrett of West Fork will be held Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at Blanche Moore Memorial Park in downtown Van Buren at 718 Main St., across from Sisters Gourmet Bistro.

Also performing will be Mace Lee and Amanda Grace.

“Bring your lawn chairs and have a great time,” said Wes Turner, president of The Old Town Merchants Association.

Garrett, 21, is a communications major at John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

“I have been performing country music for six years and I have played in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee,” Garrett said. “I play guitar, fiddle and mandolin, but my strong suit is lead guitar with a style that is a type of country/blues combination.”

Garrett was a former vocalist and lead guitarist of the country group 540 Detour, which also include Eric Dysart of Backroad Anthem.

“I am currently working on my debut solo album ‘Something Timeless’ which should be released to iTunes and the public in the very near future,” Garrett said.

He cited many musical influences, but the greatest would be George Strait.

“I find this funny, because George was huge back in the ’80s when my dad was my age,” Garrett said. “Now, here we are in 2013, and he’s still one of the biggest names in mainstream country music.”

He said his upcoming album has something for everyone.

“We have some rockers, we have inspirational songs, we have a sad song, we have a funny song,” Garrett said. “We have just about every sound imaginable that could be considered country and some of the louder stuff even borderlines Southern rock. We have a song that sounds like a Hank Williams Sr. song, and we have a song that sounds like something ZZ Top would do.”

But, Garrett said the album, which is dedicated to his grandfather, is all country.

Friday’s free concert is the first of several which will continue through September. The events will be sponsored by TOTMA, I Love VB and M7 Studio School of Music.

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