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John Michael Montgomery

CHARLESTON -- City Council approved the contract Tuesday to have Kentucky-born country music artist John Michael Montgomery perform this summer this city.

Best known for some of his southern love ballads, Montgomery's popularity surged over the course of the 90's and into the early 2000s. He grew in popularity with slower tunes like "I Swear," "I Can Love You Like That" and "Life's a Dance." He was is also known for some faster ditties like "Sold (Grundy County Auction Incident)."

The accepted contract is for Montgomery to perform at the Red, White & Blue Days festivities next year. Montgomery would be compensated with $30,000 for a 75-minute show July 3, 2019, in Morton Park, according to the contract.

According to a biography of the southern artist on All Music, Montgomery was part of "the '90s wave of honky tonk hitmakers that brought country to new commercial heights."

Last year's big artist at Red, White & Blue Days was country band Lonestar.

Also at the meeting, the council placed a tentative tax levy for next year on file for public inspection to be voted on at a later city council meeting.

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter

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