Established as one of the premiere “cover” bands in the region, The Collins Brothers Band will bring their “bang and twang” style of music to the Johnston Park stage Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. during the Evening Shade 20th Anniversary celebration of concerts in the park.
“Last week we kicked off the 20th season of free concerts for the community in downtown Cleveland,” event organizer Kyle Elrod explained.
“The Allied Arts Council of the Chamber of Commerce is celebrating this milestone by inviting favorites to return to Evening Shade. The Collins Brothers Band is always a crowd-pleaser, and we’re excited to bring them back.”
The family-friendly concert series is made possible each year by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. It is funded in part by local sponsors and under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Cleveland brothers Joe-Joe and Cory Collins started from scratch some 13 years ago with “not a lot of planning, not much training and very little experience.” Soon, however, they went from playing backyard birthday parties to touring with such artists as Ronnie Milsap, Montgomery-Gentry and Aaron Tippin.
Success has come with determination and devotion to making themselves and their show better every time. It also comes with working with some of the finest musicians in the Southeast. In addition to Joe-Joe on lead vocals/rhythm guitar and Cory on drums/vocals, the other talented members of the band consist of Allen Campbell on lead guitar; Jay Harris on bass/vocals; and Rick Nelson on fiddle, mandolin and keyboards. The brothers also depend on one of the best sound technicians around in David Bird.
Time and experience have begun to allow The Collins Brothers to write and perform original music to welcoming fans.
“In the past few years, we have really concentrated on presenting our original music to the public,” Joe-Joe Collins explained. “That is what we love and one of the biggest reasons we started this band. Our style is still described as ‘bang and twang,’ and we want to show that in our music.”
In addition to their self-titled debut album released in 2007, The Collins Brothers released a new CD in 2013. In 2010 they released a full-length music video for their popular track “Sound Of Goodbye” (written by Joe-Joe Collins and David Bird). NASCAR used Collins’ “Whiskey I.V.” in their 2011 Hall Of Fame television special. All Collins Brothers Band songs are available on iTunes and viewable on YouTube.
“We’ve been doing what we love now for 13 years, and we love it,” say The Collins Brothers. “There is still nothing quite like standing and singing in front of fans and friends and interacting with our crowd. Our fan base continues to grow like never before, and we are humbled and grateful.”
Elrod added that Evening Shade provides a great opportunity for the community to support downtown restaurants prior to each concert, or to purchase a boxed meal for a picnic in the park.
“Just pack a light supper, a folding chair or two, or a blanket and come on down,” he said. “These free concerts are a great way to experience a variety of styles of music and to celebrate the arts in our community.”
In the event of inclement weather, the Evening Shade concert will take place in the auditorium at Arnold Elementary School.