TEXARKANA, Ark. – Award-winning recording artists Chuck Hancock and Barbara Fairchild with husband Roy Morris will boost fundraising efforts for restoration and revitalization of the historic Arkansas Municipal Auditorium (AMA) with a benefit concert at the venue on September 28.
The 7 p.m. show will offer 100 general admission tickets and 100 VIP tickets and will be produced in the spirit of the AMA’s colorful legacy of star-quality performances from legendary artists ranging from Mae West and Louis Armstrong to Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, officials said.
General admission tickets will be $20 for concrete stadium seating and will include entry in door prize drawings. Ticket holders may bring their own stadium cushions.
VIP tickets will be $30 and will include preferred seating, cushioned chairs, a free Chuck Hancock CD and autographed picture and entry for door prizes.
Tickets are on sale. Call Carl Teel at 903-277-2078 about locations. Net proceeds will go to the AMA restoration effort.
“We’re blessed to showcase the AMA with these gifted entertainers and songwriters whose careers in traditional country and inspirational music have turned out so many hit records,” said AMA Commission member Debbie Haak.
“We extend heartfelt thanks to Chuck Hancock, Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris for donating their time and talents in support of our mission to infuse a Texarkana cultural treasure with new life for generations to come,” said AMA Commission member Carl Teel.
The production stems from Hancock’s offer to set a return date after playing an April 13 tribute at the AMA honoring his beloved aunt and mentor, the late Texarkana songwriter Jewell House who also was Teel’s aunt. House wrote songs for and with Hank Williams and many country music stars during the 1950s and ’60s and booked them for shows at the AMA.
“Knowing how much my Aunt Jewell loved the auditorium and all that she accomplished there, I felt a deep family connection to the AMA,” Hancock said.
“And I felt called to help the AMA Commission meet its challenges and that a ‘Branson-quality’ benefit show with my dear friends Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris would be a natural fundraiser. We’re honored to bring a great show to the AMA stage for AMA’s future and the fans.”
An acclaimed Nashville recording artist and songwriter from Sandersville, Ga., Hancock has scored many accolades and a dozen No. 1 hits, including “They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough” and his current hit, “I’d Settle for a Dirt Road.”
He is a native Texan and a member of Brady-based Heart of Texas Records, which recently released his first album, “Can’t Get the Texas Out of Me.” The album has received critical acclaim in the United States and Europe.
Hancock and wife, Cynthia, currently reside on their cattle ranch in Sandersville where they enjoy family activities, team roping and raising Brangus cattle.