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Country stars will serenade Meridian

By Staff
COUNTRY THREESOME Joe Diffie, left, Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence will be in Meridian as part of the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour on May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. Submitted photo
By Penny Randall / staff writer
May 23, 2003
They're back.
The trio of country music stars who performed in July at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia are back for another performance this time in Meridian.
Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt roll into town as part of the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour on May 30 at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.
Diffie said he is looking forward to returning to East Mississippi.
The threesome set out on the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour in June 2002 and planned to end it at the end of the year. Diffie said, however, they found that people wanted to see more of them.
Along the way, the three have produced a collaborative compact disc containing three hits from each as well as the tour's Diffie-penned theme song.
But Diffie said the key to everything is the on-stage chemistry that is thrilling fans and critics across the country.
All three men are respected country artists on their own.
Chesnutt has won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award and racked up 12 No. 1 singles and 20 top 10 hits including "Bubba Shot The Jukebox," "Ol' Country" and "It Sure Is Monday."
Throughout the decades, Diffie's hits have included "If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)," "Ships That Don't Come In," "John Deere Green" and "Third Rock From The Sun."
Lawrence has sold more than 10 million albums. He was Billboard's Top New Male Vocalist in 1992. He performed on the "Maverick" soundtrack, and starred in his own Country Music Television special.
In Meridian, the trio will start the show together and then each artist will have his own solo spot.
The tour is set to finish at the end of this year, but Diffie said he and the guys will continue working together on other projects.
Six thousand tickets are being given away by WOKK 97.1 FM radio station every hour from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets will also be given away at several live remotes:
Saturday Bonita Lakes Mall Center Court from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday Geyser Falls Water Theme Park in Philadelphia from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday Dixie Oil Co. on Old Highway 80 West from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by WOKK, Rush Foundation Hospital, Frontier Ford Lincoln Mercury of Carthage and North Meridian Merchants.