Farewell concert planned for Monday of Hog Days
Fans of Kim Anthony will get one last chance to see him perform in Kewanee on Monday.
Anthony, a country music artist who was born in Kewanee, said Monday that due to health reasons, he has decided to end his performing career.
But the Hog Festival Committee had a vacancy in its entertainment schedule for the 1 p.m. Monday slot, and Anthony stepped in.
Anthony has performed in Kewanee several times over the years, including a 1995 performance at Petersen Auditorium in Kewanee High School, on the same bill with country legend Marty Stuart.
He told the Star Courier that Monday's performance will be his last. He said he faces a series of back surgeries that will make it impossible to continue touring and performing.
Anthony is considered a "traditional" country artist — as the Austin Music City Review Web site put it, "honest and to the point, no puff and fluff here, just straightforward lyrics and vocals with great production and sound, which is appreciated by many but heard by few on today's radio."
The site added, "A former member of the U.S. Air Force, Anthony works with many of the veterans and servicemen's organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women."
Anthony has opened for such leading country artists as Trace Adkins, Tricia Yearwood, Merle Haggard and Gary Allen.
Fans of Anthony voted him number one in an Austin Music City Review artist poll.