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Patsy Cline and the 3 Redneck Tenors come to Grand Junction

Aug 28, 2017 12:48PM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Mandy Barnett

You don’t have to drive to Denver to experience world-class music. In fact, you don’t even have to drive any farther than Grand Junction High School.

Mandy Barnett

Community Concerts of the Grand Valley (CCGV) brings some of the world’s finest acts to Grand Junction. The 2017-18 season kicks off on September 9 with Mandy Barnett singing some of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits. On October 5, the 3 Redneck Tenors take the stage for some down-home laughs and big city music.

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Kelly Anderson knows what it’s like to don cutoff shorts and a tuxedo in the same performance, as he was one of the original three Redneck Tenors.

The group was the brainchild of Matthew Lord, Anderson’s friend and singing colleague. The combination of superior opera singing and redneck humor introduces audiences to different styles of singing and comedy.

“The show was actually based on the idea of the original three tenors of Domingo, Pavarotti and Jose Carreras,” Anderson said.

To help with the harmonies, the group actually uses two tenors and a baritone, which makes the harmonies easier and adds variety to the sound.

3 Redneck Tenors

Due to his busy schedule, however, Anderson was unable to commit to a long-term project and only performed as a Redneck Tenor for the preview concert in Grapevine, Texas.

“I enjoyed my time working on the original project,” he said. “It was great to sing formally while dressing in cut-off T-shirts and wearing a mullet wig. [It] was a unique and fun experience to be a part of in my career.”

The 3 Redneck Tenors take the stage at Grand Junction High School Auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., at 7:30 p.m. October 5. Tickets are also available for Barnett’s performance on September 9. Adult tickets are $25 per show.

To purchase show tickets and for more information, call 243-1979 or visit

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