John Denver lends his talent and voice to Layne Yost’s faithful tribute to the Music of John Denver on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 7:00pm in the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre, 605 1st Street, Shell Lake. This is the first of a series of Concerts With Erika during 2022 and 2023. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or at the door.
Yost’s pure vocals and guitar pay homage to the music and the man. They capture the simple soul of Denver’s music. Woven within the music are stories that give insight into Denver’s life and legacy.
Denver is best known for songs like, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” along with other hits. A common theme in his lyrics was his enjoyment of the natural world. He was one of the most popular and best-selling acoustic artists of the 1970s, and his songs were hits on several charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, country and western, and adult contemporary. He earned four platinum albums and 12 gold albums during his career.
Yost started playing music at the age of 14, motivated by the desire to entertain campers around bonfires at a summer camp. By college, Yost was playing a variety of venues in the Chicago area and covering most of his schooling costs through his music. While in college, Yost saw Denver at McCormick Place in Chicago. Although each concert was very different, Yost was struck by the close connection Denver made with each and every member of the audience. He felt transported back to the times he was sitting around the campfire years before, sharing songs with good friends. This is the feeling Yost brings to his Denver tribute concert – an intimate and connected evening with good friends.
“Layne’s got a John Denver voice, all sweet, pure and true. He’s a delight to listen to.”
–The Scene: Music and Events in The Chippewa Valley
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for Students.