By Cody Thompson

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – Slip on your dancing shoes and put on a 10-gallon-hat because country music artist Jake Penrod will be performing at the J.B. and Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.

The free concert, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Crockett, is the second in the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association’s Summer Lightnin’ Series-Thursday Tunes at the Track.

“We had our first concert last Thursday and it was a hit, but we’re hoping to get an even better turn out this week,” PWFAA executive director Glenn Barnhart told the Messenger on Monday.

Penrod has made a name for himself in country music for both his original work, as well as his covers of the “King of Twang,” Hank Williams Sr.

“While so many artists are looking for new ways to make their music stand out, Penrod stands out by sticking to the traditions of the past.” Barnhart said. “When he walks onstage decked in a suit and tie, wearing his signature Stetson cowboy hat it feels like you’re at an old-timey concert.”

For the Summer Lightnin’ Series, Penrod will primarily perform a variety of Hank Williams Sr.’s classics, such as: “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey Good-Lookin” and “I Saw the Light.”

“Get ready to take a stroll down memory lane to an era when country music was gritty honky-tonk, full of rhinestones, cowboy hats and the cry of a steel guitar,” Barnhart said. “You never know, you may find the analog sound enjoyable when so much of today’s music has gone digital.”

Penrod started his musical journey at a young age and has won several awards throughout his career for his traditional style of music, including, but not limited to: the 2017 Honky-Tonk Male Artist of the Year at the annual Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, as well as the 2016 Will Roger’s Award and the 2015 Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

The J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Amphitheater is located at 303 S First St. in Arnold Park near the Houston County Museum Railroad Depot in Crockett.

“Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, cooler and a picnic basket and enjoy the wonderful concert outside in a beautiful setting under the summer stars,” a PWFAA press release said.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

The first performance in the PWFAA’s Summer Lightnin’ Series-Thursday Tunes at the Track featured the Beach Boys tribute band, Almost Endless Summer. Upcoming performances in the series include: Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction, on Thursday, June 15 and Motown tribute band, Brown Sugar Band, on Thursday, June 22.

“This year’s summer series has a little something for everyone,” Barnhart said. “The music is timeless, as well as fun for the whole family and a great way to reminisce about summers’ past.”

For more information about the PWFAA, the Summer Lightin’ Series-Thursday Tunes at the Tracks or any other PWFAA events, visit www.pwfaa.org or call 936-544-4276.

Cody Thompson may be reached via e-mail at cthompson@messenger-news.com.