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Story Archives: Western balladeer Bobby Bridger opens Princess season
|Western balladeer Bobby Bridger opens Princess season|
The Princess Theatre's 2009 season opens this Saturday, January 31, with Balladeer Bobby Bridger returning to his native area. The performance, which begins at 7 p.m. will be a one man show featuring western folklore and an array of original songs.
Originally from Columbia, Bridger is returning to Northeast LA for the first time since his departure some 30 years ago.
"It's so exciting to travel the world and perform your music, but nothing as great as returning home", said Bridger. "I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything has changed."
A distant relative of premiere nineteenth-century American mountain man, Jim Bridger, Bobby Bridger began work on his epic trilogy "A Ballad of the West" over four decades ago. Since 1974 Bridger has traveled the globe performing this historical epic as a one-man show to audiences in America, Canada, Europe, Australia and Russia.
Bridger began his professional recording career in 1967 in Nashville recording for Monument and Nugget Records before signing with RCA Records in Hollywood in 1970. Bridger wrote, produced and recorded two albums for RCA – "Merging Of Our Minds" and "And I Wanted To Sing For The People" - before parting ways with the label in 1973. Since the early 1980s Bridger has recorded "Heal In The Wisdom," "Songs From A Ballad of the West," and the four-disc boxed set, "A Ballad of the West," on his own Golden Egg Records. Bridger has performed twice on PBS's Austin City Limits, twice on C-Span's "Booknotes," once on ABC's Good Morning America, on A & E, on National Public Radio and on the Australian Broadcasting Company.
"We are so very excited about the new season, and what better way to open than with an area-boy-made-good", said Princess Executive Director Gene Thompson. "The show should really be a good one."
Admission for the event is by season membership or $15 for ages 13 and above while ages 12 and under is $10. To purchase tickets or for more information contact the Princess Theatre at 435-6299 or by email at email@example.com.
Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. The Bobby Bridger performance is also made possible by a block booking effort through The Louisiana Presenters Network.