Sunday, May 27, 2012

Summer Sizzle returns to Lineville

News to Know

Story by Kelly Caldwell
 Photos courtesy of
Ray Stansell and Clay Times Journal

Summer Sizzle will kick off in style July 5th for its ninth season of delivering music to the local communities.

"The Clay County Arts League created Summer Sizzle to showcase local talents," Barbara Pollard, event organizer, said. "And, we have tried our best to stick to that philosophy."

The first night of the music series will feature Lard Bucket Bluegrass in what has become known as Patriotic Night.

"Our first night is always dedicated to our active and retired military because it falls so close to Fourth of July," Pollard said. "Roger Hammett and Ryan Robertson have done this for years and now that they are with Lard Bucket Bluegrass, they are continuing the tradition."

Everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for a night under the stars and expect to be entertained by some of the best local artists around.

July 12 will be Clay County Country Jam featuring Kevin Moon and The Outlaw Justice Band.

"Kevin is wanting to do things a little differently this year," Pollard said. "He is wanting to interact with the crowd more and even bring some of them on stage. So it will be a little like a variety hour which will be a whole lot of fun."

The night will be filled with special guests including Pollard's uncle Roy Crawford.

"He grew up here and is a national fiddle player," Pollard said.

Crawford has participated in Summer Sizzle for several years as a headliner but this year he didn't think he could do it alone.

"Performing takes a lot out of him and I don't know if we will be able to get him here again," Pollard said. "That's why I wanted him to be a part of it still but I didn't want to burden him with a whole night to himself."

On July 19, Talladega's Heritage Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jeff Wood is slated to entertain the crowds with their Big Band Jazz sound.

The month-series will conclude with "Gospel Hour - Clay County Style."

"I have always watched Gaither Gospel Hour and have been to so many singings in Clay County, that I knew we could have something similar here," Pollard said. "So I went to Kenneth Yates to help me pull this one together."
Area singers take the stage for Gospel Hour Clay County Style in the final
week of Summer Sizzle.  Bring your lawn chair to Lineville City Park every
Thursday in July for great entertainment.

Last year, Gospel Hour- Clay County Style featured more than 60 gospel singers that entertained more than likely Summer Sizzle's largest crowd to date.

"We had more than 1,000 people there that night," Pollard said. "It was amazing."

Each Thursday in July, Lineville City Park turns  into a music venue complete with live radio remotes by Alabama 100.7.

"We are so excited to be a part of Summer Sizzle this year," Teresa Goodman, WCKF/ Alabama 100.7 station manager said. "We do the live remote and this year we will be decorating the stage every week.

"It is a great community event and we are proud to have it in Clay County."

Pollard realized in the early stages of Summer Sizzle that she could only do so much to make the event a success, and is the first to admit the Clay County Arts League could not achieve their goals without the help of the local media.

"It's like I say, I could get Elvis Presley on this stage, but if it weren't for the newspaper and radio people, no one would know about it," Pollard said. "They have done so much to help us over the years and I credit some of our success to them."

Clay Times Journal Editor and Publisher David Proctor said he looks forward to the event every year.

"Summer Sizzle has grown into one of the greatest events in the county. We have a tremendous line up of talent and most of it are people from Clay County," he said. "It is just incredible the amount of talent we have here."

Summer Sizzle is every Thursday in July with music starting at 7 p.m. each night. The concert series is free to the public, but everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Concessions will also be sold.


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