Country music artist Charley Pride will perform at Delta Downs Event Center on Saturday, March 26 for ages 21 and older. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 27. A concert featuring Mickey Gilley has been announced for Saturday, April 30 at the venue. Courtesy photo

By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

Spring is definitely going to have a country music kind of vibe at Delta Downs Casino as Charley Pride and Mickey Gilley are on tap in coming weeks.

Country music artists Charley Pride will perform inside the Delta Downs Event Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $50-$60 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at all Ticketmaster outlets, including online at www.ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Pride, 77, is one of the most popular country music artists of the 20th century as he has 39 No. 1 hits to his credit, including the songs “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “She’s Too Good to Be True,” “”More to Me,” “Then Who Am I,” “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” and many others.

His most recent studio album, “Choices,” was released in March of 2011 on the Music City label. Pride has released 47 studio albums during his career, which spans six decades.

Pride was arguably one of the dominant country music artists of the 1970’s as he won multiple Grammy Awards, and multiple awards from the Country Music Association and American Music Awards.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and he is also an inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Visit www.charleypride.com for more information on this artist.

Mickey Gilley returns to Southwest Louisiana for a performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Delta Downs Event Center. Tickets are $35-40 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at all Ticketmaster outlets as well.

Gilley, 79, was one of the most popular artists of the early-to-mid 1980’s on both the country and pop music charts, including 17 No. 1 songs such as “You Don’t Know Me,” “Fool for Your Love,” “Talk to Me,” “Lonely Nights,” and many others. His remake of the Soul music hit, “Stand By Me,” also reached No. 1 on the charts and was featured in the hit movie, “Urban Cowboy.”

Gilley was injured in 2009 while helping a friend move a love seat and was temporarilyt paralyzed. Although he was able to eventually return to touring and performing, he reportedly lacks the hand coordination needed to perform on piano. However, his shows remain a popular attraction as the artist tours regularly each year.

Visit www.gilleys.com for more information on this artist and www.deltadowns.com for updated information on the venue and its activities.