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Old meets new in Silver Springs concert

Country music legend Porter Wagoner and rising star Chad Brock of Ocala bring their music to the springs park.


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 31, 2000

An established legend in country music teams up with a young rising star (and a hometown boy as well) for Saturday's country music concert at Silver Springs park in Ocala.

Porter Wagoner, who recorded his first No. 1 country hit in 1955, will headline the concert, following a performance by Ocala native Chad Brock.

Brock's self-titled CD, released by Warner Brothers in 1999, scored three hit singles, Evangeline, Ordinary Life and Lightning Does the Work.

For his upcoming CD, Yes, Brock re-cut Hank Williams Jr.'s A Country Boy Can Survive, on which both Williams and George Jones sing backing tracks. Yes is scheduled to be released in early May.

Brock also performed at the recent Crystal River Jam at the Rock Crusher Canyon Amphitheater. Before going into music, he was a professional wrestler for a couple of years until an injury cut short his career in the ring. Brock is scheduled to perform at 12:30 p.m.

Wagoner, with five decades of country music to his credit, has practically done it all. Hit No. 1 singles, followed by the popular Porter Wagoner Show, which remained on the air for 21 years and a lifetime of successful concert tours. He currently is a regular host on TNN's Opry Backstage program.

Wagoner won a Grammy in 1969 for Just Someone I Used to Know, and for three years, shared the Country Music Association's Duo of the Year Award with Dolly Parton. Parton wrote her hit I Will Always Love You for Wagoner to show him how much she thought of their collaboration. Wagoner is scheduled to take the stage around 3 p.m.

Silver Springs' country music series continues on April 8 with Diamond Rio, followed on April 15 with Lee Greenwood and Lila McCann, and Marc Chestnutt appears April 22.

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