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Lebanon, Kentucky is an unlikely place to see a performer like Craig Wayne Boyd.  And it’s an even more unusual place to fulfill a lifelong dream for 78 year old Betty Bridges.  But that’s just what happened Saturday, as a van from Frankfort found it’s way down to the Marion County Tomato Conflict and Concert held at the Pope’s Creek Ranch.

Betty has been singing all of her life.  She sang in her church.  And even cut a CD demo last year.  She loves the older type of country music and the performers like Willy Nelson, Waylon Jennings and George Straight.  She always wanted to know what it felt like to be on stage like them.  Maybe even on stage at the Grand Ole Opry!  It’s obvious that Betty loves music.  Even though she’s only lived at Ashwood Place since May, she has made her mark already with her love of music.  She likes to go to the Do Wop Shop and rent equipment and put on performances for the other residents at Ashwood.  She involves the younger staff there, where they “jam” with her and play guitar or even sing with her.  But Betty’s dream was to sing with a country music star.

Enter the wonderful Tonya Stormes, who works at CapCity Communications (Froggy, Star & Passport Radio) and also does promotional work on her own.  Tonya just so happened to know a country music artist performing at the Pope’s Creek Ranch that sings much of the same stuff that Betty likes to sing and listen to.  She approached Craig Wayne Boyd, who was more than happy to oblige!

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The folks at Ashwood were provided with tickets to the concert performance and Betty was able to take some of her friends to see her perform.  Four staff members and a couple of her friends made the hour long trip with her down to Lebanon.  They even decorated the back of the vehicle and made a big deal over it!  When they arrived, the great Tomato Conflict was over, but the music was just beginning.  Craig Wayne Boyd came out and personally met with Betty and spoke with her for a bit.  They decided on “For the Good Times” as the song that they would sing a duet to.  And he hang around to even pose for pictures with Betty and the entire group.  He was very gracious and such a gentleman.

While waiting for him and Betty to perform on stage, the group took in the “sights”.  You wouldn’t think there would be much to see or do at Pope’s Creek Ranch.  And, on any other day, you’d be right.  But NOT today!  Believe it or not, there was star gazing at the event.  Hollywood celebrities Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, both from the hit show Charmed, were on site with a film crew following them around.  They were both gracious enough to pose for photos with Betty and the gang from Ashwood before the beginning of the concert.  It was even rumored that country music legend Clay Walker was there.  But that was not able to be substantiated.

When Craig Wayne took to the stage, you could tell that there was something special about him.  He’s able to cover older tunes and put his own spin on it.  He has a great connection with the audience and gives an electrifying performance.  About half way through his set list, which he had pretty much thrown out the window with this performance, he invited Betty up onto stage to sing their duet together.   It was something that brought grown men to tears!  The two of them had the audience up on their feet afterwards.  And Betty, having fulfilled her dream, got treated like a rock star by the audience as they approached afterwards for her to autograph their memorabilia from the concert event.

Cathy Moore, the Executive Director at Ashwood Place Retirement Residences and “Chief Dreamweaver” stated that Betty felt like a celebrity.  And Betty says of Saturday night, “it could not have been better!”

Another dream fulfilled for Second Wind Dreams at Ashwood Place!  Thanks to Craig Wayne Boyd and Tonya Stormes for helping make it all possible.

Second Wind Dreams is a national non-profit organization, based in Alpharetta, GA that makes dreams come true for eldercare community residents throughout the U.S. thereby changing the perception of aging, and Ashwood Place is a FiveStar Senior Living community here in Frankfort.  If you’d like to help a senior’s dream come true here in Frankfort, contact Cathy Moore at (502)320-1087.  To find out more about Second Wind Dreams, log on to www.secondwind.org.

About Craig Wayne Boyd

Dynamic and charismatic, Craig Wayne Boyd’s sound is rooted in the southern tradition of country music and is topped with a rebellious flair. Growing up in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Mesquite, Boyd was born under the influence of gospel and country music.

He first developed as a multi-instrumentalist at a very young age, and was later his church choir director and a touring musician with various national acts. Like the Texas sun, music burned hot in his soul, and was the one constant in his life, even when life brought unexpected and unwelcome changes for him.

After a trip to Nashville brought life-changing events his way, Boyd headed to Music City and signed a publishing deal with EMI shortly thereafter. After several years of prolific songwriting, Boyd turned to the road and toured constantly, logging more than 1,000 shows in four years, and opening for acts like Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and Brantley Gilbert.

In 2012, Boyd signed with Big Ride Entertainment, releasing his debut single “I Ain’t No Quitter,” to country radio this spring. His debut album is slated for a summer 2012 release.

For more information, find him on Facebook HERE


See more of Craig Wayne Boyd’s performance from this concert below