SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Six years later and Sammy Kershaw’s Roots and Boots concert series is still promising a boot-stomping good time.
Kershaw, one of the original organizers of the concert series, has seen it grow in popularity since its inception when he started playing with Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie.
“Since then, I’ve rotated some folks in and out like Pam Tillis, Darryl Worley, Terri Clark and James Otto,” said the Louisiana native.
In a matter of weeks, Kershaw is set to take the stage at Credit Union Place in Summerside along with Aaron Tippin and Colin Raye.
“It’s been great. We’re different enough that it works really well. All three of us perform country music, but our voices and our styles are so different that people get three shows in one.”
Kershaw has been playing music for most of his life, releasing hit singles in the classic country genre from the 1990s. Some of his hit songs include, “Love of My life,” “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” and “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful.” Kershaw has six gold and three platinum albums adding up to an excess of 5 million records sold.
His most recent album, “Swamp Poppin,’” was released in 2017.
“It’s been doing alright. Us ‘90s artists don’t get played on radio really, so it’s hard for some people to know we have new material, but we’re not letting that stop us.
“We keep going and try to stay relative to the business. I think it’s going to turn around one day and head back to traditional country music.”
Kershaw and his fellow performers hope to see a big crowd at the Summerside event.
“People can look forward to us performing hit records, that’s what it’s all about. All three of us will play our biggest hits. But what’s great is we’ll have people from one-year-old to 100-years-old in the crowd. We had such an audience with 1990s country music, with fans young and old. So, the youngsters that were brought to our shows are now grown up and bringing their kids. It’s like a built-in audience.”
Kershaw feels blessed to see his music span generations.
“When I got a record deal back in 1990, I was hoping for a five-year career. I sure can’t complain that it’s still going.”
Kersaw, Tippin and Raye will perform on March 24 at 8 p.m. at Credit Union Place. For concert information go to ticketmaster.ca or cupevents.ca.