Celebrate Valentine’s Day Country Style


Valentine’s Country Hoedown on Feb. 15 at the Florence Events Center

Feb. 4, 2020 — Join western star Amy Clawson and friends Jessie Leigh and Dan Harmon for a Valentine’s Country Hoedown at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.

This Country Hoedown will be the first of its kind in Florence and features three talented artists as well as special BBQ favorites, beer and wine for purchase throughout the evening.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert and dance start at 7 p.m. Come in your cowboy hats, cowboy shoes and your Western attire.

“I want to make sure people know they can dance at this show!” Clawson said. “Dress up and get ready to dance on the flat floor of the event center.”

Tickets are available online at www.eventcenter.org, at the FEC box office or by calling 541-997-1994. Adult tickets are $25 and students 18 and under are $15.

The menu includes a three-piece BBQ chicken or three-piece pork rib dinner with corn bread and coleslaw for $11, hamburger and fries for $9 or hot dog and fries for $8. A garden salad is also available for $4.

Rising country recording artist Jessie Leigh has spent the past few years sharing stages with a number of national acts including Kenny Chesney and Tanya Tucker.

Leigh has been praised for her fresh, unique sound. Although her main genre is country, the songs on her debut album are influenced by a variety of styles and appeal to a wide range music lovers. She and her band won the 2015 Battle of the Bands, played the Oregon Jamboree and began touring the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Between tours, she has been busy recording and releasing an album and a number of singles. Filled with relatable songs, her debut album has reached listeners all over the world.

Dan Harmon comes from a musical family in Douglas County and began playing the guitar at age six. Traditional country music is his first love. Harmon has played with a variety of regional bands. He has worked with Amy Clawson since 2017 and played Clawson’s Wheelhouse in Florence. His band includes Jona Arts on bass and vocals, “Bandon Bob” on fiddle and steel guitar and Michael Aponte on drums.

Arkansas native and Florence resident Amy Clawson began performing as a teenager. She grew up on country music with influences from rock, gospel and blues, which all color the sound that is so uniquely hers. At 14, she had the privilege to record with Sawyer Brown at Studio 19 in Nashville and at 16, with the group Exile in Kentucky.

Clawson is petite but has more voice and presence per square inch than you’d imagine. Her memorable career is highlighted by performances alongside legendary entertainers like Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Restless Heart, Neal McCoy, Mel Tillis, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and many others. She has produced and performed at major outdoor country music festivals around the country and was a key collaborator with country legend David Frizzell on “Frizzell and Friends,” a compilation of duets with some of the most legendary voices in country music.

In 1991, 17-year-old Clawson was chosen to be the lead female vocalist at the David Frizzell Theater in Arkansas. There she met and worked with future husband and Florence native Darby Clawson. Today, the two own and operate Clawson’s Wheelhouse Restaurant near the intersection of Highways 101 and 126 in Florence.

Clawson is excited to be releasing her latest acoustical album on Feb. 15 with a few live bonus tracks. She says this is her best album yet — getting back to her roots.

“Events like these really show what we can do in Florence,” Clawson said. “We want to bring happiness to people and something they can look forward to. Our hoedown is going to be a great way to get together with friends, listen to some country music and hear the talents of Jesse, myself and Dan.”

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