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Country music artist makes third appearance at Goliad dance hall

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
March 21, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

John Conlee, 65, will make his third appearance at Schroeder Hall on Saturday evening. The Nashville-based artist said he likes to give the fans what they want. "We'll visit all the main hits," he said.

John Conlee has dedicated half of his life to music.

At 65, the Kentucky native continues to perform. And he said he attributes much of his success to Texas fans.

On Saturday, Conlee will perform a mix of his hits during his third visit in 11 years to Schroeder Hall, near Goliad.

Schroeder Hall owner, Sharon Kleinecke, said Conlee is a fan favorite.

"He's a legend. All of his songs are hits," she said.

The country western artist's hits include "Rose Colored Glasses," "Backside of Thirty" and "Friday Night Blues."

Conlee said the key to his career longevity is keeping fans satisfied by keeping true to the songs' original form.

"You try to give folks what they're used to hearing," he said. "We'll visit all the main hits."

Jack Kleinecke said his wife and he are trying to bring back more country western performers.

"The hall gives them a perfect place to play," he said.

The Nashville-based artist agreed, adding he likes being able to interact with the fans by answering questions and taking pictures at the second oldest dance hall in Texas.

Conlee declared himself a lover of music. Some of his biggest influences include Etta James, B.B. King, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, but Ray Charles is his favorite.

"He could sing the phone book and sell it," Conlee said.

The Academy of Country Music award winner said he also draws inspiration from the Bible, which he calls his life manual.

Conlee also has recorded Gospel albums, infusing the soulful sound into his performances.

"They tell me how much they love the songs and what they have to say," he said. "Our goal is to maintain it.



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