Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Country's Wayne returns for Kings Mountain fest

Kings Mountain, NC native Jimmy Wayne will return to his hometown in April to headline The Kings Mountain Music Festival at the Joy Performance Center. The festival, which takes place April 12 and 13, is hosted by Cherryville-based couple Darin and Brooke Aldridge (pictured, bottom), who lead an award winning bluegrass gospel band. The Darin and Brooke Aldridge Band will perform both Friday and Saturday.

Friday's concert includes performances by African-American gospel vocal group Men Standing for Christ and Gospel Music Association Hall of Famers the Kingsmen Quartet. Tickets are $20.

Saturday's events include a free afternoon concert with the Aldridges, Harvest, and Unspoken Tradition. Weather permitting the free concert will take place outdoors at the 100 block of South Railroad Ave. Saturday night's show with Wayne and the Darin and Brooke Aldridge Band is a ticketed event inside the Joy. Tickets are $25.

Tickets for both shows are available at The Joy Performance Center Box Office and "The Kings Mountain Herald," as well as online at or by calling 704-472-7762.

Wayne (pictured, top) grew up troubled and shuffled between foster homes in Cleveland and Gaston counties before finding a family in older couple Bea and Russell Costner. The formerly homeless teen finished school, went to college, and worked as a prison guard before departing for Nashville. There he worked as a songwriter before charting his own hits like 2008's number one single "Do You Believe Me Now" and the Top Ten "I Love You This Much." He's also a sought after speaker and author whose written about and speaks of his tumultuous youth.

Proceeds benefit the Green Banana Project, which helps needy families in Gaston and Cleveland counties.