AKWESASNE - A summer-long string of country music performances will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort as Darryl Worley will take the stage.
Mr. Worley will be performing acoustic concerts at 7 and 9 p.m. and is the first of six musicians slated for this year’s North Country Concert Series.
The Memphis native has had three No. 1 country hits and nine other singles reach the Top 40.
He said he has not performed at the casino in Akwesasne but has enjoyed success playing at other north country locales in the past.
“When we got the call through the booking agency, it sounded like something that would fit the bill and would be a lot of fun. ... This one just made sense to do,” Mr. Worley said. “If it’s anything like what we’ve experienced in the past, I’ve always been very appreciated up here. I talk to folks back home about how when people think of New York, they think about New York City. But up here is great country atmosphere and similar to what I grew up with.”
Mr. Worley, who is known for his patriotic tunes, performed at the Clayton Opera House in December as part of the second annual Jingle Hop benefit.
He also did a concert in Watertown in 2003 as part of the summer series sponsored by the Disabled Persons Action Organization.
“I think we’ll have a great turnout, and it should be a great time. The casino will be a little bit more intimate and with this concert it will be a little less binging and banging and a little more musical,” Mr. Worley said. “(The north country) is a whole lot more wild and willy and that is a pleasant surprise. There’s a connection there and the people in that part of the country, they are very protective of their country music.”
The star’s most popular hit was 2003’s “Have You Forgotten?” The song urges Americans not to forget their post 9/11 anger.
Mr. Worley said that the north country crowd can expect a bit of everything come Thursday night.
“If we were doing a benefit concert for The Wounded Warriors, we would just do patriotic songs. The patriotic songs are a big part of who I am, but we will be doing it all on Thursday,” he said. “My biggest song ‘Have You Forgotten,’ you can always tell that people in the region are intent with that song because they were connected to the attacks on New York City in some way. We may even pull out a Merle Haggard tune, and I think that would be well received too.”
The remainder of the North Country Concert Series will include the following artists:
June 9 – Aaron Tippin
July 24 – Sammy Kershaw
Aug. 7 – Collin Raye
Aug. 28 – Phil Vassar
Sept. 18 – Pam Tillis
Mr. Worley said that no matter the location of his performance, he knows that many of his fans are what keep him coming back for more.
“I want to give special thanks to my fans and there was definitely a time when we had a pretty stout group of fans in (the north country). They are the ones that keep us going and they’re the ones who help pay the electric bill,” he said.