Singing duo, 2 Country 4 Nashville, to perform June 23

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The Ulmers, 2 Country 4 Nashville, a husband-wife duo who played to a full house at Sabine Theater last year, is coming back to Many. “We’re looking forward to seeing all of our area friends,” said Jo-el Ulmer. Jo-el is the electric guitar-picking and vocalist partner of wife LeAnne, who sings and plays percussive backup behind her husband’s lead. Music in Many will feature the pair Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the Many Community Center [former Sabine Theater] on San Antonio Ave.

The Music in Many live music series is sponsored by the Town of Many, Mayor Ken Freeman and the Many Cultural District. Tickets for the June 23 show are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Veterans will be admitted free. Jo-el and LeAnne Ulmer bring back the traditional “Honky-Tonk” brand of Country music made popular from the 1940s through the 1970s. For this year’s appearance, they are paying tribute to the classic Country artists of the Louisiana Hayride. With LeAnne’s strong support, Jo-el often vocally re-creates the exact sounds of his legendary and living heroes of country music. The act’s unusual name came about when they auditioned for the Nashville-based reality CMT Country Music competition “Can You Duet” and were loved by the judges, but were told they were “too country” for the show.

They decided to do a play on words since there are two of them and from that their fun name was born. “It is not meant as a slam against Nashville – we love our city,” said LeAnne. “We just play the style of music that is unfortunately not heard as much around Nashville today. We’re striving to keep traditional style country music alive.” Tickets will be on sale at the theater box office the night of the concert or may be obtained in advance by calling (318) 332-7873.