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Clayton Country Jam bringing 9/11 Tribute Concert to the North Country


Last updated 9/12/2015 at 6:20am | View PDF

Hotel California: An Eagles Tribute

When the 5th Annual Clayton Country Jam comes around this year at the Clayton Opera House Thursday September 10th through Saturday September 12th, there will be a special 9/11 Tribute Concert planned to honor our troops and first responders on Friday night.

Country singer Darryl Worley will be headlining this special 9/11 Tribute Concert. The special night will see two shows, at 5:30 and 8:30 pm on Friday at the historic Clayton Opera House. Darryl has a sincere passion for our troops at home and overseas. His first trip was back in 2002 when he visited troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan. In fact it was that trip which inspired his #1 country single "Have You Forgotten". Being from a military family that tour still managed to open Darryl's eyes to what the troops really go through in the war zone. Darryl also was able to see the great things the troops do such as improving the infrastructure, build schools & orphanages. When Darryl wrote and recorded "Have You Forgotten" he never imagined it would receive airplay on the radio let alone go to number 1 for 7 weeks or take on the life it did. According to Darryl the song was never intended to be a single, it was actually country radio that latched on to the live version he had performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Since that first visit Darryl has been back to support the troops overseas many times, and he visits USO sites here in the states as well to entertain the troops and give them a taste of home for awhile. Darryl's dedication to visiting and supporting the troops has garnered him some honors like the VFW's Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award and rightly so.

To celebrate this special concert the Clayton Country Jam has really pulled out all the stops. Organizer Mac McFarlane was able to team up the American Forces Network to provide a satellite feed, sending the concert worldwide to an estimated 500,000 troops and their families. It will also be carried online by the Wrangler Network, WPBS-DT, watertown will be filming as well as producing the live show and a broadcast partner as they will be broadcasting the 8:30 pm concert for their viewers in Northern New York & Eastern Ontario and Steve Weed Productions will be streaming the concert online at It's going to be a very special night in Clayton and shared worldwide.

Tickets for this year's Country Jam range from $20-$50. On Thursday, Sept. 10 Erica Nicole opens for Ronnie McDowell. All three nights will be emceed by comedian Vic Clevenger.

Erica landed her first two consecutive top-20 records on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart with 'I Listen To My Bad Girl' and 'It's Comin' Down."

Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song "The King Is Gone" on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, "The King Is Gone" has sold more than 5 Million copies.

Ronnie McDowell charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986.

On Saturday, September 12, Hotel California returns for their 5th year for the Clayton Country Jam. When The Eagles stopped to catch their breath a few decades ago, having sold over 100 million records, collected six Grammys and enjoyed six #1 albums, Hotel California began a pioneering journey through their history-making music that has taken them around the globe and thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans.

Opening up the show on Saturday will be regional favorites, The Waydown Wailers. They are on the edge of the swamp rock, Blues, and jam with just a healthy dash of good old Americana, is a sound better known as Outlaw Jam Rock. And nobody does it better than The Waydown Wailers.

Waydown Wailers

It's going to be a spectacular weekend at the Clayton Opera House that you'll want to be part of. Tickets are still available on the Clayton Country Jam website -, also at the Clayton Opera House Box Office or by calling 315-686-2200. Ticket prices in advance are $30 General Admission, $40 Reserved Seating & $50 VIP Meet & Greet Tickets. Price of tickets the day of the show will be $35/$45/$55 and the Clayton Country Jam is an Operation Yellow Ribbon Event.


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