With the ongoing popularity of the songs "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight," it’s as if Patsy Cline never left this world.
The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee’s songs became crucial to pop culture’s rich fabric years ago, a fact that will be seen and heard during the "Nashville Comes to Van Buren: Totally Patsy Cline" concert fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren, said David Ogden, vice president of the Volunteers for Injured Veterans Association.
Set to benefit VIVA’s Wounded Warriors program to support area injured military veterans, the all-ages event will feature Nashville singer and tribute performer Jennifer Ford, whose "beautiful vocals will bring a chill down the spine" of everyone who attends, he said.
"This show is an ideal way for music fans to spend a song-filled evening with family and friends," Ogden said. "Jennifer Ford is a fantastic Nashville artist. She’s a headliner and we’re thrilled that she’s coming to be with us in Van Buren."
Ford’s set will feature 24 songs made famous by Cline, who died in a plane crash over Tennessee in 1963, he said. The concert also will feature the Lost in the ’50s Tribute Artists, who include Martha Schneiter, Hannah Ball and Missy Beauchaine, Ogden said.
"This music from the Lost in the ’50s Artists also will help keep the evening upbeat with a patriotic mood," he said.
Ogden said he was unsure how much money the upcoming benefit would raise, but he added that he hopes music fans of all ages attend.
"We’re so excited and honored to have Jennifer Ford perform for our event because she is the top Patsy Cline tribute artist in Tennessee," he said. "She’s fantastic. She’s the real deal."