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Jimmy Charles to open for Josh Turner in OC, March 23

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) Ocean City native Jimmy Charles has announced that he will be opening for country crooner Josh Turner at the convention center on 40th Street, next month.

“It’s amazing, especially to be playing in my hometown,” Charles said. “There is so much love there and everyone is excited. I know when I take the stage, I will feel that love.”

Charles is scheduled to perform acoustically at 8 p.m. for about 25 minutes with his fiddle player, Marie McGlone.

“It is where my songs began – with me and my guitar,” Charles said. “I am excited to perform some new music I’ve been working on and I will be releasing it in the spring. [The audience] will hear it for the first time [on March 23.]”

The Stephen Decatur High School alum will be opening for Mo Pitney and headlining country star Turner.

“[Turner] was definitely one of my favorites growing up and I looked up to him in country music,” Charles said.

Charles also appreciates how Turner records traditional “old-school” country music and his deep baritone voice.

From his 2003 platinum-selling debut, “Long Black Train,” to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, “Deep South,” Turner has a number of hits including “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” “Time Is Love” and his most recent, “Hometown Girl.”

Turner performed during Springfest last May to a sellout crowd and Charles hopes to make it a second.

“It will be good for my friends and fans to see me perform before a major national act and thank them,” Charles said. “I left for Nashville eight years ago and people give me so much love on Delmarva. They follow me on social media and come to my shows. There is a lot of love in my hometown and it’s their love that brought me to the stage.

“People are already starting to buy tickets,” he added. “March 23 is going to be an awesome night.”

If you miss him on Friday, Charles will also perform at Dry Dock, on 28th Street, the following night, Saturday, March 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Charles has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Merle Haggard, Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry and Kacey Musgraves. In addition, he was a contestant on American Idol Season 9 and earned a Top 50 spot on Nashville Star.

Charles was also recently named “Outstanding Young Tennessean of the Year” for his work with Zero Cancer and the many contributions he has made to several other nonprofits throughout the nation.

In December, Charles held his “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert locally, which took place at Dry Dock and raised $2,300 in addition to “truck loads of food” for St. Mary Star of the Sea and Holy Savior Parish food pantry and assistance program in Ocean City.

For more information on Charles, visit his website at www.jimmycharlesmusic.com. Check him out on Facebook or follow his other social media handles on, Twitter @jimmycharles92 and Instagram @jimmycharlesmusic.

Tickets for the March 23 show can be purchased by visiting the OC Box Office on 40th Street inside the convention center, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-551-SEAT or online at www.oceancityconcerts.com.

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