Grammy nominee to headline Prairie Sky at Allerton


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MONTICELLO — Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Deana Carter will headline this year's Allerton Park and Retreat Center Prairie Sky Concert, scheduled for Sept. 20.

Carter's debut album reached the top of the country and pop charts in 1996, and earned her three Grammy nominations. "Strawberry Wine" — one of the most popular songs on "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" — was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year.

The Nashville native also earned Grammy Song of the Year and Vocal Collaboration nominations in 2012 for "You & Tequila," collaborating with Matraca Berg to write the song for Kenny Chesney.

The daughter of famed studio guitarist Fred Carter Jr., Deana Carter got the chance to work with John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young as the only female solo artist at Farm Aid VII in 1994.

Carter will perform at 8 p.m. at Prairie Sky. Opening for her will be The Barefoot Movement, a folk/blues/Americana group that takes the stage sans shoes.

"It's our way of saying 'come in and get comfortable,'" bass player and University of Illinois alum Katie Blomarz said. The band revolves around three- and four-part harmony and plenty of picking from guitars, mandolins, upright bass and the occasional banjo.

The Barefoot Movement will take the stage at 6 p.m. The band was scheduled to front Marty Stuart at last year's Prairie Sky event, but the concert was cancelled due to rain.

Gates will open for the 2019 event at 5 p.m., and an after glow is scheduled for 10 p.m. until midnight in the park's Sunken Garden. Attendees can camp in the Allerton meadow, but must make reservations in advance.

Steve Hoffman is editor of the Piatt County Journal-Republican, a News-Gazette Media community newspaper. For more, visit