Rockie Lynn playing in final Thursday night concert of season

Country music star Rockie Lynne returns to Coon Rapids to present the final concert in Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s Thursday Nites Live free outdoor summer series.

Rockie Lynne

Rockie Lynne

This ninth concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Sand Creek. The previous eight concerts were at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Lynne, who formerly lived in Coon Rapids before relocating to Nashville, Tenn., also performed at Sand Creek Park during the 2012 outdoor summer series.

A native of Statesville, N.C., Lynne has been writing songs since the age of 14, and after high school he joined the U.S. Army, where he served for three years in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C.

After leaving the Army, Lynne attended the Guitar Institute of Technology on the GI bill before moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he worked as a musician, then went to Nashville in the early 1990s to be a backup musician.

He began recording his own music and was eventually signed by Universal South Records, and his first single “Lipstick” reached No. 29 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Lynne later signed with a new independent label, Robbins Nashville, and reached the Billboard charts for a fourth time with “I Can’t Believe It’s Me.”

He has appeared nationally on “Good Morning America, “The Grand Old Opry” and “Fox News.”

A 21-day tour visiting troops in Afghanistan, Southwest Asia and the Persian Gulf inspired him to write songs for his “Song for Soldiers” album released last year, with one-third of the proceeds going to troop-related charities.

Lynne is also co-founder of the Tribute to the Troops charity motorcycle ride group, which visits homes of the families of fallen soldiers to thank them for their sacrifice.

While on those rides, Lynne presents benefit concerts from which the proceeds go to an educational fund for children of fallen soldiers.

On his current tour, Lynne performed in Minnesota in late June, then in Troutman, N.C., June 29.

He was in Illinois July 12, 13 and 14 for a Tribute to the Troops motorcycle ride, which included a concert in Champaign, Ill., July 13, then he appeared at the VFW National Convention in Louisville, Ky., at a patriotic rally later in the month.

Immediately before his appearance in Coon Rapids Aug. 8, Lynne will be in Salem, Ore., for a three-day Tribute to the Troops motorcycle ride Aug. 2-4 and a concert in Salem Aug. 3.

Lynne will also be performing at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 27.

The concert will take place rain or shine, and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit.

Food and beverages are available to purchase from the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club at the Sand Creek Park concession stand.

The concert series has been sponsored by Shortstop Bar & Grill and the Coon Rapids Mat Bandits Wrestling Club.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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