From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma native returns for shows
Rising country star Keith Anderson is returning to Oklahoma today for a show in his hometown and concerts at two of the state’s historic venues.
“I can’t wait,” Anderson said in a phone interview earlier this week from Florida. “To get back to Oklahoma is always one of the coolest things I can do. … I’ve got tons of family coming out to all three of those shows.”
Anderson, 40, will be special guest tonight at Country Fest 2008, featuring Montgomery Gentry and Gary Allan. It is the last show of the season at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50.
On Saturday, Anderson will return to Miami, OK, where he was born and raised. Along with Darius Rucker and Chasing Dixie, he will open for star duo Brooks & Dunn, which includes Tulsa-raised Ronnie Dunn, at Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd.
Anderson will be the headliner, with Chasing Dixie and George Ducas as openers, Oct. 24 at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main in Tulsa. In his youth, he attended concerts at both the Zoo and Cain’s.
“It’s a real thrill just growing up in that area and going to shows at both those venues my whole life … just dreaming of doing something musical like I’m doing and making a career of it,” he said. “And now getting to go out and play those places is just phenomenal.”
Along with spending time with family and friends, Anderson said he gets a special kick out of performing in his hometown, which he featured in his video for the song “Podunk.”
“It’s real cool ’cause … for the longest time I’d be gone in Nashville trying to make it as an artist or a songwriter, and there was 10 years where there was nothing that happened. There wasn’t anything to come back and talk about and tell everybody about. And now that it’s happened, it’s certainly a lot of fun to come back and play for everybody,” he said.
“It’s kind of like a dream for all of us; it’s just kind of like, ‘Wow, this really happened.’”
Keith Anderson in concert
Tonight: Special guest for Montgomery Gentry and Gary Allan at 5:15 p.m. at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Information: (800) 511-1552 or www.zooamp.com.
Saturday: Special guest with Darius Rucker and Chasing Dixie for Brooks & Dunn at 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Run Casino, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami. Information: (918) 542-7140, Ext. 2200 or www.buffalorun.com.
Oct 24: At 8 p.m. at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main in Tulsa. With openers George Ducas and Chasing Dixie. Information: (918) 584-2306 or www.cainsballroom.com.