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Dennison music series launching a TV broadcast

Apr 14, 2014 - From staff reports

"Live From the Dennison Lodge" enters its third season Thursday with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis gracing the Didier Stage.

Pettis will be the inaugural broadcast performance of the music series on Wyoming Public Television. Wyoming PBS will premiere the series this fall across its statewide network, according to General Manager Ruby Calvert.

Turning the iconic ranch cabin into a high-definition television and sound stage involves a technical staff of eight from PBS and 20 local volunteers along with agreements from the Town of Dubois, the broadcast licensee, Central Wyoming College and "Live from the Dennison Lodge."

Program producer John Angst thinks the television exposure of Dubois will help immeasurably boost the town's hospitality trade to the regional markets.

"To have Wyoming PBS select us as a content provider validates our mission to offer quality national and regional talent to the folks of Wyoming and to foreign media markets," Angst said.

The trip to Dubois will be the first for the veteran performer and songwriter who continues to amaze his audiences with his superb guitar work, poignant lyrics and engaging voice.

According to Scott Alarik's concert review from the Boston Globe about Pierce Pettis, "The best southern songwriters, like the best southern novelists, are born storytellers. Alabama-born Pettis wrestles with the big issues of life, love, family and community; displaying a Southerner's gift for revealing detail: old home movies, a dress undone, the drone of power lines, a stuffed bear lost in a child's busy room. His wispy baritone seems always to be searching, but never whining; as if he is trying to figure these things out with us as he sings. It gives his ballads a palpable credibility; an endearing uncertainty that seems like a better mirror for these times than the cocksure tone of some earlier eras."

Advance tickets are available at businesses in Dubois, Lander and Riverton, with remaining tickets available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the concert hotline at 200-9190 or visit www.dennisonlodge.org.

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