BY LEANN DILBECK –
This year’s Lum & Abner headliners are definitely ‘up and coming,’ having opened and shared the stage with some of the industry’s finest… and interestingly, both have Arkansas roots.
Headlining the Aleshire Electric stage on Friday night will be country boy Blane Howard, an accomplished performer who now lives in Nashville but knew at a very early age in Arkansas, he would be chasing a neon rainbow. At the age of 3, Blane stood in front of the TV with a blue and green plastic guitar and sang along with Alan Jackson’s “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He dreamed of one day growing up to be a country singer just like Alan Jackson. Over 20 years later, Blane is still chasing that same dream he had as a kid.
Growing up in south Arkansas, Blane was highly influenced by the music that surrounded him – from the country styles of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Randy Travis, to the Classic Rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC. Today, he is heavily influenced by the styles of Chris Young, Blake Shelton and David Nail. All of these influences have made an impact on Blane’s unique style of country, mixing the authenticity of the 90′s with the contemporary edge of today.
Blane is the definition of a true southern gentleman; a man raised on strong morals and southern hospitality. His charisma and charm warms the hearts of everyone he meets, and he brings that same warmth and charm to every performance. Blane’s smooth voice and rich, warm tone will captivate an audience and leave them wanting more.
In May of 2010, Blane graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree is Commercial Music: Vocal Performance. While attending Belmont, Blane was selected to perform in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business’ 2010 Country Showcase which was held in the Curb Event Center on Belmont’s campus. The Curb Event Center was the site of the CMT Music Awards in 2007 and 2008.
Blane has opened for well-known country artists Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery and Aaron Tippin. In July of 2011, he opened in front of over 10,000 people for 2011 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and Co-Star of NBC’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton.
Saturday’s headliner is guaranteed to entertain the Lum & Abner audience with her instrumental and vocal talents. Armed with a saxophone, keyboard and incredible vocals, Pamela has a live show that is nothing short of electrifying. Performing on stage since the age of two, she has a lifetime of experience entertaining audiences at fairs, festivals, and events across the country. Pamela has toured and shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians in the industry. She has recorded multiple sessions in southern California, on Nashville’s famed Music Row, and her music has been featured on live radio and television. Pamela has been a featured performing artist on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, as well as Broadway in Nashville. Pamela has opened for artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Loretta Lynn and she was the house band artist at the World Famous Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville from 2010-2011. She is currently a house band artist for the NHL Nashville Predators, performing for multiple home games and other events at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
In July 2013, she released her first full length solo album, comprised of 12 original songs, all written or co-written by Pamela. From the sax infused, attitude driven ‘Stilettos,’ to the cd’s bonus track, 50’s do-wop inspired ‘Everyday a Holiday,’ each song brings a different, entertaining element of Pamela’s artistic personality to the listener.
She may be just a farm girl from the sticks in Arkansas, but she carries a big sax, has some big pipes and at 4’11” and 100 pounds…she’s proof that big things come in small packages.