Larry Gatlin, lead vocalist and songwriter for The Gatlin Brothers, will headline “Heroes & Legends” to honor Veterans at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH), on November 10. The acoustic concert, which is free to Veterans with proof of military service, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at ASUMH in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.
In addition to the Gatlin concert, Veterans have an opportunity to meet with more than 20 vendors from 2-6 p.m. at The Sheid. Vendors include representatives from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation, Baxter County Veterans Affairs, ASUMH Student Services, Department of Workforce, ASUMH Veterans Financial Aid, County Assessor’s office, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Career Pathways, First Security Bank, Conner Hankins Funeral Home, Mountain Home VA CBOC, Suicide Prevention, AR Director of Veterans Affairs, Lt. Governor of Arkansas, Celebrate Recovery, Elks Lodge, Kirby Funeral Home, ASUMH Career Placement, and more.
A bar-b-que will be held for Veterans during the fair, at no charge. Catering is by Holy Smokes Bar-b-Que of Mountain Home, AR. Veterans must reserve a ticket for the day’s event in person at The Sheid Box Office and have proof of military service. Veteran guest tickets are available for $10, and should be purchased at the same time as the Veteran ticket. Only one Veteran guest ticket is available, per Veteran, and includes the dinner and concert. The general public may purchase tickets to the Gatlin concert only for $20 in section A or C, or $10 in risers. Sponsors for the event include KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot; and Lt. Col. Mary Walker and Capt. Robert Walker.
During the concert, Gatlin will be joined by 100 students from Hackler Intermediate School’s 5th grade class to sing two songs. Sherry Mohler, Hackler 5th grade music teacher, called this a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for these local students.
Larry Gatlin was born in 1948 in Seminole, Texas, the son of an oil driller. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, he was by age seven, already accompanying younger brothers, Steve and Rudy in singing at family and church events. After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship. Larry majored in English and developed "a love affair with the English Language" that later served him in his songwriting. On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout Nashville music Industry. Gatlin penned all 33 of the brothers’ Top 40 Hits. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers. December 1992 marked a farewell to concert touring for the Gatlin brothers. Then came a major turning point in his career. Larry took the lead role in the Tony award winning best musical "The Will Rogers Follies."
In 2008, for the first time in 17 years, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers reunited as a band, returning to the road and released Pilgrimage on Curb Records. Today, Larry and the boys maintain a healthy tour schedule and, as members, play the Grand Ole Opry many times each year. The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All the Gold in California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit. Larry is a regular guest contributor to the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Radio and FoxNews.com.
Larry is a family man, who shares with his wife Janis, a home in Nashville, Tennessee. They are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Kristin. Larry is also a grandfather or "Papa" to Kristin's daughters, Parker and Campbell.
For more information on the Veterans Fair at ASUMH, contact Sherrie Hughes at (870) 508-6241. For information or tickets to the Larry Gatlin concert, call the box office at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center at (870) 508-6280, or visit in person from 8 – 5 Monday – Friday.
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