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John Conlee to perform in Tallassee

By Michael Butler

Country legend John Conlee is coming to Tallassee. "Mr. Rose Colored Glasses" will be peforming at the Tallassee High School Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

A regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Conlee’s  40 year career in country music has produced classics, "Friday Night Blues," "Backside of 30," "Common Man," "Miss Emily's Picture," "I Don't Remember Lovin' You", and his signature tune, Rose Colored Glasses," among several others.

There have been 32 single releases with 26 of them charting in the top 20. Eight have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts.

Conlee's fans are excited that he has returned to radio with singles, "Walkin' Behind The Star"and "Bread and Water," released on his own RCR (Rose Colored Records) Label. 

"Walkin’ Behind the Star" was written by Nashville recording veterans Ronnie Scaife and Phil Thomas and the lyrics were inspired by Phil's grandfather and great-grandfather both of whom served in their local sheriff's department. The song had yet to be cut until recent events made it timely. The song was pitched to the Grand Ole Opry star, who was touched by the song’s honesty. 

"Recent deadly attacks against the people who keep us safe is unprecedented in America and I wanted to sing this song in honor of their sacrifice and willingness to serve," Conlee said. The new CD will feature new material along with many of Conlee's latter classics. 

Conlee recently celebrated the 39th anniversary of his breakthrough hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” and can be found on tour throughout 2018 as well as on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, where he has been a member since 1981.

1300 WTLS/106.5 FM and Tallassee Times are sponsoring the event. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 800-965-9324.

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