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Country music legend will play in Lecanto

One of country music's living legends, Kitty Wells, is scheduled to perform two concerts in February at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto.

Wells recorded her first No. 1 song, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, in 1952. It was the first solo record by a female singer to reach No. 1 on the country music charts. The song was an answer to an earlier classic by Hank Thompson, The Wild Side of Life.

For the next two decades, Wells topped the country charts many times with classics including Release Me, I Can't Stop Loving You and Making Believe.

The 82-year-old "Queen of Country Music" maintains an active performing schedule. She will appear in concert with her husband of 61 years, Johnny Wright, and their band, the Tennessee Mountain Boys.

Among Wells' accomplishments are 23 No. 1 songs, election in 1976 to the Country Music Hall of Fame and receiving a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 1991.

The concerts will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, Lecanto. Tickets are $12 for general admission and can be ordered by calling (800) 763-6277, ext. 6018. Credit cards are accepted.

The concert is being promoted by Bob Cook, a local musician. Cook was a Nashville session musician whose credits include playing piano for Patsy Cline's best-selling song Crazy.

Cook and Inverness country singer Odie Gal will open the show for Wells. Also on the bill is Cajun Dave, a fiddle virtuoso.

The Wells concert is a fund-raising event for the senior centers in Lecanto and Inverness. Cook said that if both shows sell out, the centers could receive as much as $10,000.

Cook and Gal also will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Multipurpose Senior Center in Lecanto. Admission is free.