Earl Thomas Conley in concert

By Wayne Allen - tallen@civitasmedia.com



Scioto County Native Earl Thomas Conley will be in concert Saturday, January 23 at Noggins Pub.

“We’ve got a local opening band called Highway 109. They will hit the stage around 8 p.m. With Earl taking the stage around 9:30 p.m.,” said Cheryl Mershan, owner of Noggins Pub said.

Mershan said this may be the last show Conley will play in Portsmouth, because he’s playing larger venues and only agreed to play at Noggins Pub because Portsmouth is his hometown.

According to his biography, “His relentless pursuit to write and sing better songs resulted in #1 hit after #1 hit. His incessant desire to grow musically led to accolades such as multiple Grammy nominations for his 1983 hit “Holding Her & Loving You,” which won the “Country Song of the Year” award. It also allowed Earl to be the first artist to take four singles from album to the #1 spot. The success of the “Don’t Make It Easy For Me” album pre-dated a similar feat achieved with Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album, which paralyzed the Top 40 chart much like Conley had on the Country hit parade four years earlier.”

Earl Thomas Conley believes this 1998 album titled Perpetual Emotion sums up his career.

The singer is still touring and playing his hit songs to the enjoyment of his fans. He also continues to write songs and work on projects, he hopes to release in the future.

In 2014, Earl Thomas Conley performed at the Scioto County Fair.

Mershan said the show is sold out, with 300 tickets sold.

She said the show was originally slated for Friday, January 22, but was postponed to Saturday over concern for the weather.

The Noggins Pub Concert will feature the Josh Stewart Band on Friday, January 22. This band was originally supposed to open for Earl Thomas Conley, when the show was rescheduled the band could not play, because of previous commitments.

The Josh Stewart Band originated from Lucasville and for Stewart himself music has been a vital part of his life since a young age. Having a passion for music has taken the band all over Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and the United States.

Mershan said this show would not have been possible without its sponsors.

Proceeds from the Earl Thomas Conley Show benefitting the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund.


By Wayne Allen


Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT