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Posted on Thu. May. 15, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Down the Line concert features local bands paying tribute to current and traditional country artists

The show Saturday night is a fundraiser for the Embassy Theatre.

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What: This fundraiser for the Embassy Theatre features local bands covering the songs of national country artists. The lineup has Marshall Law Band performing the music of Waylon Jennings; Cheyenne performing the music of Brooks & Dunn; Blue Bird Revival performing the music of Miranda Lambert; Gunslinger performing the music of Luke Bryan; and Reckon performing the music of Jason Aldean.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Cost: $12; service charges may be added. Buy tickets at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Country singer Luke Bryan usually wears a baseball cap when he performs. But Doug Holt of local band Gunslinger, who will cover Bryan's songs Saturday at the Down the Country Line concert at the Embassy Theatre, says, “Of course I'll wear my cowboy hat. I've always worn one. I'm from Missouri.”

That's not the only difference. Holt, Gunslinger's lead singer, is 46. Bryan is 37. But Holt says he moves around on stage like Bryan does. And the band will work hard to stay as true to Bryan's sound as it can.

“The guys in the band do a really good job,” he said. “We're able to pull it off” despite not having the same instrumentation as Bryan and his band.

Gunslinger was asked to cover the Luke Bryan portion of Down the Country Line at the last minute. Local band John Curran and Renegade was originally booked to cover Bryan, but had to back out.

Jumping in wasn't much of a problem for Gunslinger, though. The band already plays six of the seven songs on the set list, so it only had to learn one. On Saturday, the band will play “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” “All My Friends Say,” “That's My Kind of Night,” “Country Girl (Shake it for Me),” “Drink a Beer,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and “I Don't Want This Night to End.”

Holt says other local musicians in Down the Country Line recommended Gunslinger to fill in for Renegade. He said it's “humbling other musicians liked us enough to put in the word for us.”

He described Gunslinger's performances at its usual gigs as “like a country band with a heavy metal feel.” He cited similarities to Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert. Gunslinger's five band members — two guitarists, a bass player, a drummer and Holt — have been together since 2011.

They've opened for national acts including Charlie Daniels and Colt Ford at last year's Freedom Fest.

Most of the time, they play the local club circuit on weekends, places like the Rusty Spur, Beamers and The Post in Pierceton. So playing at the Embassy will be different.

“To me, it's really exciting getting to play at a theater for a change,” Holt said. “It's gonna be a blast. It's gonna be a good time.”

clarson@news-sentinel.com


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