My friend and client, Dr. Jimmy Eugene Pollard, performed a sampling of his music in front of a sold-out crowd, performing as the opening act for Gary Allan’s immensely successful Get Off On the Pain tour. The Pavillion at the Coushatta Casino Resort welcomed over 4000 people for the February 19th event. Allan’s tour has earned a spot on the New York Times Top 10 year end list and earned rave reviews in People, USA Today, Country Weekly, American Songwriter, Billboard, Associated Press among others.
Jimmy Eugene is most known for his interesting life story captured in his book, On the Journey Back. Jimmy was a teenage runaway, joining the military after lying about his age at 17. After service to his country, Jimmy returned to complete a degree in dentistry. He serve another stint in the Navy, achieving officer status, and then retired. Later, he entered medical school and became a maxillofacial surgeon, building a huge practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana (and another in Texas). It was almost twenty years later that Jimmy started writing music. He was in a severe automobile accident, injuring his spine. While in traction, Jimmy had a dream and began hearing music for the first time in his life. He learned to play the guitar and begin to write song. Through a series of connection with Nashville, Jimmy became a client.
Saturday night’s performance was only Jimmy’s third time on stage. “I was a little disoriented when the lights hit me up there,” Jimmy told me in his back stage motor coach. Jimmy performed songs from his new album, Joy of the Journey. He was backed by a team of A-List players from Nashville, hand selected by Steve Tveit of Omnisound and veterans Pat McCrath on guitar, Dug Grieves on electric, Dow Tomlin on bass, Dennis Wage on keyboard, and Steve Hinson on steel guitar, among others. The Louisiana fans seemed to enjoy the performance. A special thank you goes out to our musicians, and to Randy, Jay and all of the other fine staff members at Coushatta for making our visit there extremely enjoyable. Loved the crawfish étouffèe!
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