Gatlin Brothers coming to Prince Albert

Jodi Schellenberg
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The Gatlin Brothers, a well-known country music group from Texas, will be performing at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Dec. 15.

It was a big announcement for the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

During the Corb Lund and Ian Tyson concert Thursday evening, it was announced the Gatlin Brothers will be coming to Prince Albert on Dec. 15.

“It is part of the Canadian Tire concert series,” Linda Jensen of the Rawlinson said.

The Gatlin Brothers -- Larry, Steve and Rudy -- have performed together for 40 years after growing up in Abilene, Texas.

Larry released his debut in 1974, inviting his brothers to come sing with him.

The band, known as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, quickly hit the top of the charts. Their signature hit was arguably the song All The Gold In California, which topped the country chart in the U.S. and hit No. 2 in Canada back in 1979.

Among the other hits in a period from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s were I Just Wish You Someone I Love, Night Time Magic, Sure Feels Like Love, Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You), Talkin’ To The Moon and Love Of A Lifetime.

The band stopped touring in 1992 but now play some selected dates.

The concert will be called “Country and Christmas with the Gatlins” and will feature some festive music.

“About half the concert will be their country songs and the other half will be Christmas, a type of festive type of repertoire,” Jensen said. “It will be a nice show that is certainly a big name but is also with the Christmas flavour.”

Many artists who tour in December often play a mix of their regular music with Christmas selections, Jensen said.

“We have had other Christmas shows with other artists and people want to hear their hits but it is all packaged in the Christmas show,” Jensen said.

Jensen said the Rawlinson Centre jumped at the chance to have the Gatlin Brothers, a well-known country group from Texas, play in the city.

“The opportunity arose that they were going to be on a tour somewhere in the west,” Jensen said. “They are a big name and we thought it was a group that would have a lot of appeal in the area. In Prince Albert and area they certainly would be well-known group and the fact that it was a Christmas show also had a lot of appeal to us because we think it will be a really nice event for the Christmas season.”

Since they will play Christmas music, it fits in with what the Rawlinson Centre was looking for in December.

“We were actually looking and hoping we would be able to find a good Christmas-oriented act,” Jensen said. “This one came up and we were fortunate enough that they decided they were going to come here.”

She is excited to see the group performing in Prince Albert.

“We are certainly feeling very good about the fact we were able to secure them because I think they are a good name for us and there will be some excitement about their show,” Jensen said. “I’m certainly familiar with their music and I think it will be a nice pre-Christmas event. Anytime we can bring artists of that stature into our building I think it is really exciting for all of us.”

Tickets will be available for current subscribers, sponsors and advertisers immediately and will be open to the general public on Sept. 19.

Organizations: Gatlin Brothers, Rawlinson Centre, Canadian Tire

Geographic location: California, Abilene, Texas, U.S. Canada

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