BY MELANIE BUCK –
Orville and Cheryl Murphy, are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Crystal Music Festival, a family concert event, set for Saturday, July 18, 11 am to 8 pm, at the Board Camp Crystal Mine in Board Camp, Arkansas.
This year, the headline performer will be hit country songwriter/singer, Lance Carpenter, of Nashville, Tennessee, on The Crystal Stage at 7 pm. Lance, originally from Ozark, Arkansas, has found his niche in the country music scene in Nashville. According to his website, Lance grew up on a farm in Ozark, Arkansas, and taught himself how to play guitar while attending Arkansas Tech University where he was a member of the 1999 Conference Championship Wonderboy Football Team. He moved to Nashville, TN, in 2011 and in 18 short months signed his first publishing deal and secured 2 major cuts. He released his debut self-titled album “Lance Carpenter” in 2013 and has performed with Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Randy Rogers Band and more. He says, “The more success I have in this business the more significant I can be in the lives of others.” Lance plans to continue writing music that inspires, memorializes and captures his own zest for life.”
His hit song, “Love Me Like You Mean It”, co-written and recorded by 2014 Debut Country Female Artist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini, has steadily climbed the Country Billboard, currently number five on the chart. Ballerini, starring in the video production of the song, makes Carpenter’s lyrics come alive.
Opening for Lance in her own right, will be Kinsey Sadler, Tulsa-bred country girl, now Nashville starlet, coming on strong, making her mark with her rockin’ country music sound. Sadler is becoming one of the most liked and busiest female country artists performing in the Midwest region. She is under the management team of Johnny Morris Production/Evergreen Records of Nashville, TN. Sadler’s vocal strength has been compared to artists such as Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson to the pure soul of Shania Twain and Martina McBride. Sadler takes pride in her live performance and when you see a show there is no denying her ability to electrify the audience. Kinsey has been featured alongside Aaron Lewis, Wade Hayes, JB and the Moonshine Band, Bart Crow, Kentucky Headhunters, Glorianna, Steel Magnolia, Gwen Sebastian, and Jerrod Niemann. For taste of their sound, visit www.lancecarpentermusic.com and www.kinseysadler.com.
Local bands will be performing through the day, while rock-hound enthusiasts may dig for crystals. Polk County’s Marine Corp Color Guard of Mena, with George O’Daniel, will open the festival at 11 a.m. and present the Fallen and Standing Hero honors, a tradition started by the Murphys, at 5 pm. Catch Gary Floyd at 12 p.m., Mike Warehime at 1 p.m., and Telematic at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., Jay “Gator” Gisclair will take the stage, followed by Forgiven Outlaws at 4 p.m. Kinsey Sadler plays at 6 p.m. and Lance Carpenter is set to perform at 7 p.m.
Festival foods will be offered. Lawn chairs and small coolers are allowed, but no pets. Concert tickets are $10 at the gate, age 12 and up, children under 12 are free. Same pricing applies for crystal digging at the on-site mine. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is free, and local volunteer fire departments will assist with parking for donations. For more information, visit www.crystalmusicfestival.com and www.boardcampcrystalmine.com.