The Hoadley Hall was the place to be last Saturday as the walls fairly rocked with the great sounds of country music.
The Alberta’s Men and Women of Country Music event was a great success and coordinator Shirley Hartman was pleased with the show and with the re- sponse from the audience.
“This year’s show was very good, the entertainment was just great and the crowd was great. Overall, it was an excellent day,” she said.
Sydney Mae from Cochrane received the Rising Star Award.
This young lady who has proved to be a powerhouse in Alberta’s music industry and is the youngest performer to play on the main stage of the Big Valley Jamboree truly is a rising star.
Chatting back stage before her performance, Mae said she was thrilled to receive the award.
“I just love singing,” she said with a sweet smile. “I do it all the time.”
Mae has recently returned from Nashville and was pleased to entertain on stage at the country music event.
“I’m so excited,” she said.
Another young musician, 14-year-old Brianna Lizotte received a standing ovation with her fiddle playing.
Cowboy poet Doris Daley proved to be another great hit.
“She has a great stage presence,” said Hartman. “She is such a lady and very natural.”
The Gordie West Band who sing, play and spin delightful tales to a captive audience was another crowd favorite.
The lineup this year, as in the past, provided superb entertainment and country music fans were not disappointed.
“Every artist is special, each in their own way,” she said.