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Oldham County Day Entertainment

Local band ‘Legacy’
to entertain the crowd

Lead singer Stallins brings
country sounds to La Grange

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(July 2010) – Raised on the old country classics, Don Stallins remains true to his roots. He started a band, Legacy, and plans to carry on the tradition so that the forefathers of country music will not be forgotten.

Friday, July 16
Second Street Gazebo
• 7 p.m.:
John Manning and The Thrillers

Saturday, July 17
Second Street Gazebo
• 8-10 a.m.:
Freeheart
• 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Whiskey Tango
• 2-3 p.m.: The Longshot Band
• 3-5 p.m.: The Rezzurrectors, O.C. Cowboy Church, Shane & Marty, The Rev. David Woosley, Savannah West

East Lawn Stage
• 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.:
Acapella Fellows
• 12:15-1 p.m.: Morgan
• 2-3 p.m.: Legacy
• 3-4 p.m.: Tom Gowin
• 4-5 p.m.: Benjamin Brainard, La Grange
Baptist Church

East Courthouse Lawn
• 1-2 p.m.:
Oldham County Community Band
• 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Living Statutes
• Information: Project Guild Booth at Gazebo

“My dad started teaching me the old country songs at 14 years old,” said Stallins, now 61. After drifting away from his musical upbringing, Stallins has become serious about performing again.
About four years ago, he formed Legacy. “The name comes from the music I love to play; the music handed down from the past to us,” he said. Three months ago, singer-songwriter Joyce Ann replaced the first female signer he had hired and the duo perform wherever asked.
The band is scheduled to perform at Oldham County Day as part of day-long entertainment July 17 in downtown La Grange, Ky.
Stallins started a couple of bands himself in the past and used to play with a band in Corydon, Ind., before leaving for personal reasons. Born in Madisonville, Ky., he has also lived in Indiana and Florida. He has lived in Henry County for the last 20 years.
Legacy has performed ’50s and ’60s country classics locally at the Henry County Spring Fling, Campbellsburg Day and Big R’s BBQ in La Grange. Stallins plays rhythm guitar and only by ear.
As a loader operator in a rock quarry, he only has time to play on the side, but he would like “to build up for retirement,” he said. This will be the first time Legacy has performed at Oldham County Day and they are doing so “to get our name known.”
Sometimes “You have to start off small,” said Stallins. He has traveled around a lot to get the word out about Legacy.

Don Stallins

Photo provided

Don Stallins is
hoping his
appearance with
Joyce Ann at Oldham
County Day will get
him more exposure
for his band.

In addition to being a signer-songwriter, Joyce Ann is a dance teacher who lives in Jeffersontown, Ky. Eventually, Stallins said he would like to add some of her songs to Legacy’s repertoire to “introduce them to the public,” he said.
Legacy is just one of several bands and individual performers in this year’s Oldham County Day entertainment line-up. This is the 40th year for the event, and there is a variety of musical sounds sure to please any ear.
New to the entertainment schedule will be adult games. Three card tables will be placed around the Oldham County Courthouse lawn next to the gazebo for adults to enjoy checkers and other table games, said Project Guild member Susan Benson. The Project Guild of Oldham County organizes Oldham County Day.
Project Guild members raise funds on Oldham County Day to put back into the community from the sale of the Cat’s Meow pieces. This year’s piece is the Old Train Depot. The pieces can be purchased for $20 at the Grand Marshal Luncheon on Tuesday, July 13, or at the Project Guild booth, which will be located in the gazebo on the Courthouse lawn.
A special treat this year will be a tug-of-war contest between local police and fire departments at 2 p.m. Participating departments include the La Grange City Police,
Oldham County Police, Sheriff’s Department, and the Ballardsville, North Oldham, South Oldham and La Grange Fire Departments.
“This is something we plan to do every year,” said Benson. The tug-of-war winner will receive a trophy that they may keep for one year.
The children’s activity area has been taken over and organized by the La Grange Christian Church “as an outreach program with great prizes,” Benson said.

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