Shane Martin Band on Riverfront stage Thursday

The Shane Martin Band, with Shane in front.

The Shane Martin Band, with Shane in front.

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Shane Martin, the former Elk River star halfback who’s now a country rock singer, will return to the River’s Edge Commons Park stage  Thursday with his band.

“I’m always excited to perform in my old stomping grounds of Elk River,” the musician/composer said about the Shane Martin Band’s first appearance in the Riverfront Concert Series since 2011. He’s also performed solo here.

“It’s great to be back with my full group,” said Martin. “That’s a beautiful setting with the river and scenery behind the band.”

Martin with Leean Rimes in 2012.

Martin with Leean Rimes in 2012.

Martin has been performing for about 15 years and has released three CD’s. One highlight was making the final five in the 2012 Best New Artist competition with his single “Just Me Missing You.” His web site shows him onstage in Texas with the event’s host, Leann Rimes.

About Thursday’s show, he said, “Folks and fans can expect the good high-energy, vocal harmony show the band brings every time we hit the stage.”

They’ll play a good mix of his old and new songs along with country rock cover tunes.

“I’m looking forward to a good crowd and a good time along the riverfront. See ya’ll there.”

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