By Helena Rodriguez
Eight area entertainment acts are slated to perform in Portales’ first Christian Country Jamboree on Friday and Saturday.
The inaugural event is being held in conjunction with Roosevelt County Heritage Days and will run from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. nightly at City Park. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
According to event organizer, Steve Davis, the event has two purposes. It’s a fund raiser for the 24-hour Christian Country radio station he wants to start in Portales and it will provide an evening of wholesome family entertainment and praise.
The lineup of entertainment includes Allie Brooks, Jo Rackler, Linda Brown, Billy Victor, Becky Lawson, RaeNell Walker, Pat Boone and Sam Duncan. Many of the performers participate regularly in the Floyd Country Jamboree and other area events.
“This is the biggest event we have done as far as fund-raising for the radio station,” said Davis. “We have great expectations and feel a lot of people will come.”
He hopes to raise money through love offerings.
Davis said the nearest Christian radio station is in Farwell, but as far as a Christian Country radio station in the area, he doesn’t know of any.
According to Davis, Christian Country is a popular trend in music right now.
“There are a lot of new Christian Country songs,” Davis said. “Randy Travis has ‘Three Wooden Crosses’ and another one, ‘Driving of the Nail,’ that he does with Ricky Skaggs.”
“Several big country artists are doing a lot of Christian music now,” he added.
Christian Country artists such as Desert Rain and Susie Gayle will be aired on the radio station.
One of the scheduled performers at this weekend’s jamboree, Jo Rackler, has chosen songs to sing such as “Peace in the Valley, “30 Pieces of Silver” and “Look What I Traded for a Mansion.”
“I am looking forward to singing and having a good time. I hope a lot people come out and enjoy the jamboree,” Rackler said.