Granite City native Tim Campbell will perform an Alan Jackson tribute show May 7 at the Wildey Theatre.
EDWARDSVILLE — Granite City native Tim Campbell has spent more than 40 years with a guitar in his hands and will bring his talent to the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville on May 7.
Spotlighting the stories in the songs of country artist Alan Jackson, Campbell describes his concert as more of a “Broadway musical” than a concert.
“We don’t just come out and play music and say ‘good night, folks,’” Campbell said. “I’ve heard for years that I really resemble him (Jackson), but I’m not an impersonator. The show itself has 21 different skits with different dancers and performers. We put movement to his songs on stage to really entertain the crowd. I have some fantastic musicians on stage with me and our audience is sure to love the show.”
General admission tickets are $20 and the show is geared for a family audience. Edwardsville native Vicki Rolens will warm up the crowd for Campbell with an opening show.
“We didn’t want to do VIP pricing or selective seating,” Campbell said. “We wanted our guests to have a first-come, first-choice seating option so they could decide for themselves where they want to sit for the show. We’ve done a show at the Wildey before and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.”
Graduating from Granite City High School in 1976, Campbell said his career plans were a lot different than those of his classmates.
“I took a different path right out of high school,” Campbell said. “Where all of my classmates and friends were graduating and heading straight to the steel mill, I grabbed my guitar and headed south. I returned to Granite City about 18 years ago. I spent several years in Nashville.”
Campbell admitted one reason he chose to do an Alan Jackson tribute show was because of the common physical traits he and the three-time country music Entertainer of the Year had in common.
“People have always said I looked like him and I have been a big fan of his music for a long time,” Campbell said. “He and I are about the same age, maybe a month a part. We both went to Nashville around the same time and we both live for country music. The only really big difference between our careers is he’s really famous and I’m not as much.”
Tickets for the show at the Wildey, 252 N Main St. in Edwardsville, can be purchased by calling Suzy at (618) 606-8256 or at wildeytheatre.com.