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Award-winning musician closes out Port Lavaca festival

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.

Jack Ingram, 41, will serve as the headliner for the  Flip Flop Festival in Port Lavaca on Saturday.  He said fans are sure to have a good time. "If they don't like the show, I'll give them their money back," he said.

Jack Ingram loves Texas and making music.

The 41-year-old Austin-based musician, who once put pen to pad in poetry, later struck the right chords with the guitar to reach a broader audience.

Ingram will bring his high-energy and humor to Port Lavaca on Saturday as the headliner in the Flip Flop Festival.

The musical fundraiser attracts thousands of music enthusiasts. Organizers said Ingram was the ideal choice for the fourth annual event.

"When I saw him on stage, I said to myself we have to have him," said Tina Crow, executive director of the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce.

Crow saw Ingram during a show in Gruene Hall where the fans went wild.

She added his talent will attract a larger audience.

"Each year, this event gets bigger and better," said Crow.

Ingram began his career singing Willie Nelson tunes during an open mic night.

He balances being authentic and relatable.

"You can do exactly what you want, but you have to leave the audience wanting more," Ingram said.

Ingram, who is an independent artist, sings a range in topics of music. "Make my Heart Flutter" speaks of undeniable passion for someone who cannot be matched or compared.

He also recorded Merle Haggard's song "Mama Tried," which gives a rockabilly vibe.

The hit record remains one of Ingram's favorites to sing, although it's far from his reality.

"The song set me in another place that allowed me to grow musically," he said.

Other fan favorites include "Wherever You Are," "Measure of a Man," "Maybe She'll Get Lonely," "That's a Man" and "Barefoot and Crazy."

The father of three has won numerous awards including "Best New Male Vocalist," from the Academy of Country Music, as well as "Entertainer of the Year," and "Artist of the Decade.

Ingram climbed the music ladder with three top 10 and eight top 20 records, but he doesn't get complacent with the accolades and recognition. He wants to continue to make good music.

"A football coach goes back to work right after winning the championship, and that's what I do," he said.

He boggled minds when he conducted 215 interviews in one day, to promote his album, " Big Dreams & High Hopes" in August 2009, according to

He broke the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive radio interviews in a 24-hour period.

Ingram has served as an unofficial Lone Star State music ambassador in Australia, France, Poland, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Fans smile when Ingram says he's from Texas.

"We're doing a great job of marketing ourselves," he said.

Ingram exudes confidence when it comes to pleasing the crowd, including the ones in the Crossroads.

"People will have a good time, money back guaranteed," he said of his show.



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