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KGB, Mark Narmore rock Roxy July 10

This Saturday the Kerry Gilbert Band and guest Mark Narmore, a well-known songwriter and performer, will be performing at the Historic Roxy Theatre.

Narmore was raised and still resides in nearby Center Star. He grew up loving and emulating the sounds from the Shoals studios, and he boasts a 33-year career as a songwriter.

He graduated from Brooks High in 1983 and attended the University of North Alabama, where he earned a degree in commercial music in 1988. He also worked locally as a radio announcer.

He has had songs recorded by Josh Turner, Brandy Clark, Reba, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah, Blackhawk, Terri Clark, Sandy Carroll, Craig Morgan and more.

His song “That’s What I Love About Sunday” was the most performed song in country radio in 2005, according to Billboard magazine, and spent five weeks at No. 1. It was the No. 8 Billboard country song of the 2000s and achieved gold sales status.

His first cut was on the Shoals super group Shenandoah; the solely-penned “Moon Over Georgia” became a top five hit nationally.

Narmore was also co-writer, along with Walt Aldridge, on the No. 2 country hit by Blackhawk, “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.”

He was awarded a bronze star for his musical achievements, which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His songs have appeared on nine gold or platinum albums.

Narmore has been a staff songwriter for FAME, Jody Williams Music, Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Music Group, March Music, Sony ATV Tree and currently for Noble Vision Music Group in Nashville.

He has had 14 songs co-written with and recorded by Josh Turner. In 2016 he appeared as a songwriter on records by Brandy Clark and Shenandoah that were nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards, respectively.

He has recorded three albums with Andreas Werner for Crazy Chester Records, including “This Ol’ Wurlitzer,” “Soul Fillin’ Station” and a brand new 11-song project for 2021.

Tickets will be sold at the ticket booth prior the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, with children under six admitted free.