The Walker Center presents John Michael Montgomery on Sept. 21

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WILKESBORO — John Michael Montgomery kicks off the 2017-2018 Walker Center Season on Sept. 21, singing his hits that include “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold.” John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

Behind the string of hit records and the roomful of awards lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist. By the early ‘90s, Montgomery had a record deal and the hits followed steadily, establishing him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon Award and was named the ACM’s Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards, including the CMA’s Single and Song of the Year, Billboard’s Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination.

When asked what he thinks gave him the edge in a career that calls millions but gives stardom to just a few, he thinks back to the legacy of his parents. “I reckon it was good genes and good blood,” he says with a smile.

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. Advance purchase tickets for this performance are $39 and $37 for seniors; individual ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260, email or visit Be sure to follow the Walker Center on Facebook.

Tickets are available to purchase for each of the Walker Center’s 2017-2018 season shows. Also, season tickets are still on sale. On Oct. 20, the Walker Center presents The Doo Wop Project, which traces the sounds of doo wop from the sixties to the biggest hits of today. “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” brings the classic love story of Baby and Johnny to the Walker Center stage on Nov. 10. Ring in the holiday season at the Walker Center on Dec. 1, with “Christmas with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.” The Walker Center presents a night of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll on March 16, 2018, with “One Night in Memphis.” This show features the greatest hits from Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Grammy Award winners Kim Carnes, Teddy Gentry, and John Ford Coley bring an incredible night of hit songs and stories to the Walker Center on May 17, 2018, in “The Heart Behind the Music” songwriter’s showcase.

The Walker Center has planned a special evening of fun and affordable family entertainment on Feb. 2, 2018, with Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” The National Theatre’s adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat” is a lively and engaging performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been changed or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, ensuring that anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined.

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