Commonwealth Journal

August 8, 2011

‘Cool Waters’ coming to Somerset Aug. 25


— The Carnegie Community Arts Center and Cumberland Productions will host a specta-cular Spotlight Night Thurs-day, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carnegie to honor the “Old West Cowboy.”

Cool Waters, a trio of “Broadway-style” entertainers from Berea, will present “Why Does the Cowboy Sing?”

This talented and humorous group will keep the audience in stitches as they look back at America’s “real” cowboy through the eyes of history and Hollywood.

This dinner show will pro-vide a catered meal of Western-style barbecue and all the fixins’ plus great entertainment with Cool Waters and special guests, the Sorghum Sisters.

“Why Does the Cowboy Sing?” is a musical tribute to the Great American Cowboy, and this fun-filled, action-packed evening will be a “memory maker” for the young and old alike.

The only requirement to attend this event is to get a ticket and wear your favorite, most outrageous “cowboy/girl attire” (without weapons, of course). Hats and boots are welcome, but should be removed if they get in the way of “whoopin’ & hollerin’.

These three cowpokes will tell stories of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Marty Robbins, The Sons of the Pioneers and more in song and humor with a wholesome family theme in mind.

Cool Waters (founders of the Prairie Music Society) consists of Darrell Ingram of Berea, Mike Grimes of Hohenwald, Tenn. (now living in Berea) and Jim Blasdell, a native born Texan who also lives in Berea. They have performed many times at Renfro Valley, Jenny Wiley State Park, Carl Hurley’s Cavalcade of Comedy, Berea’s Spoon Bread Festival, Hurricane Katrina’s Benefit Show and various state parks, conventions and other dinner shows.

They have been singing and performing for many years.

“We have already been asked when Cool Waters is coming back again, and they haven’t even performed yet,” remarked Diane Giddens, director of the Carnegie Center.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Federal Room. Reservations are required, as seating is limited.

The cost of the dinner and show is $18. There will be a prize for the winner of the cowboy/girl “dress-up” contest.

Mike, Darrell and Jim will have everyone doubled over with laughter when they tell the story of “Sweet Sue,” “Salty Sam,” and the hero known only as “Slow Walkin’, Slow Talkin’ Jones.”

Pulaski Countians will not want to miss this trip down memory lane with these three hilarious “pardners.”

The Sorghum Sisters are known locally and have per-formed at the Carnegie for Tunes at Noon and Spotlight Night.

Mary Ann Callerman and Marlene Petersen will perform some of the old classics, including Patsy Kline hits.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center is located at 107 North Main St. in downtown Somerset. It is a nonprofit arts organization which promotes the arts through education and entertainment, as well as provides affordable rental space for exhibits, weddings, dances and private parties. Future dinner shows will be planned throughout the year for adults and children.

For more information regarding reservations for this event, call Carl Skaggs at 606-677-2906.