Charley Pride To Perform in The Villages –
Get Off The Bus Concerts is pleased to present the legendary country music singer, musician/guitarist, recording artist and performer Charley Pride on Friday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 5th and can be purchased at GetOffTheBusConcerts.com, TheSharon.com or (352) 753-3229. This show is in support of Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA), Ocala, Florida.
Born to poor sharecroppers; and one of eleven children in Sledge, Mississippi, Pride is a timeless every man, revered by his musical peers and adored by countless millions of fans around the globe. His golden baritone voice has transcended race and spanned the generations.
Charley Pride unofficially started his music career in the late 1950’s as a ballplayer with the Negro American League’s Memphis Red Sox singing and playing guitar on the team bus between ballparks. Self-taught on a guitar bought at the age 14 from Sears Roebuck, Pride would join various bands’ onstage as he and the team roved the country.
After a tryout with the New York Mets; Pride decided to return to his Montana home via Nashville. It was there he met Jack Johnson, who upon hearing the singer perform, sent him on his way with the promise of a management contract and a newly forged relationship that would last for over a decade.
A year later, Pride returned to the Music City and was introduced to producer, Jack Clement, who gave him several songs to learn. When Clement heard Pride’s renditions, he immediately asked the fledgling singer if he could cut two songs in two hours. Pride agreed, and “The Snakes Crawl at Night” and “Atlantic Coastal Line” were recorded.