Achy-Breaky Billy

Jul 17, 2001 12:17 AM

Country star Billy Ray Cyrus takes the stage at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, at Boulder Station’s Railhead. Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $55.

Cyrus became a smashing success in 1992 with the release of the song, Achy Breaky Heart from his debut album. The song was “number one with a bullet” on the Billboard pop and country charts for five weeks; and his album held the No. 1 spot for 17 weeks.

Line dancing became synonymous with his tune. But, controversy surrounded the Kentucky-born singer with oft-heard phrases such as “one-hit wonder” and “can he really sing.”

Cyrus released three more albums and the controversy continued. His fourth album, Trail of Tears, finally earned Cyrus critical acclaim; and from the beginning the fans were faithful and bought more than 15 million of his albums. His fifth album, a greatest collection, included three new songs that showcased a musically mature Cyrus.

In the late 1990s, Cyrus took a little break. “We decided to step back and give the music some time,” he said.

In 1998, he released Shot Full of Love. “The songs remind me of those that I played early in my career, and there’s a song called Under the Hood, which is about how you can’t judge a book by its cover, that will get people on the dance floor.”

In addition to a better sound, Cyrus has also changed his appearance with a new trimmer, tailor-made look. “I want the focus to be on the music,” he said. “The music has never been about my hair or clothes, but to some it was. I’ve always wanted respect as a singer, songwriter and entertainer. I’m really the same Billy Ray Cyrus, but with new upholstery and a new paint job. Hopefully, the music speaks for itself.”

Hilarious Max Alexander brings stand-up to Harrah’s Improv

Max Alexander comes to Harrah’s Improv Comedy Club Tuesday through Sunday.

Alexander can be seen in such movies as “Punchline” and “Roxanne.” He’s also starred in several television productions such as “The Practice,” “Pearl” and “Matlock.”

Alexander performs often for corporations at their employee outings and also for advertisers such as American Express.

Alexander has headlined comedy clubs around the country and opened for world famous entertainers.

Performances are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Suncoast hosts Average White Band

The Average White Band comes to the Suncoast Casino Hotel for two nights Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Average White Band was formed 29 years ago in London. The band is made up of six Scottish musicians who styled their sound after the Memphis and “Philly” soul sound.

The bands biggest hit in the U.S. was “Pick Up The Pieces.” They also toped the charts with songs such as “Cut The Cake,” “School Boy Crush,” Person To Person,” “If I Ever Lose Thus Heaven” and “Let’s Go Round Again.”

The band saw their music reach a contemporary level when they found themselves being sampled by modern day hip-hop and acid jazz artists.

The band is touring to promote their first live recording since the 1976 album, “Person To Person.”

In the 90’s, AWB’s timeless grooves have been sampled by some of the biggest names in the hip-hop, rap and acid jazz worlds, confirming without a doubt the strong impression the band has made on a new generation.

Members of the band include, Alan Gorrie (lead vocals, bass & guitar), Onnie McIntyre (guitar and vocals), Eliot Lewis (lead vocals, keyboards & bass), Adam Deitch (drums and percussion), and Fred “Freddy V” Vigdor (tenor, alto sax, keyboards, vocals).

Jeffery Osborne ”˜Live!’ at Sam’s Town

Jeffery Osborne hits the stage at Sam’s Town on Friday. Osborne, a 30 veteran of the music scene, brings his soulful voice to the stage in support of his latest album “That’s for Sure.”

Osborne started his musical career as a teenager. He played with the O’Jays as their drummer. He later joined the 1970s funk and soul band LTD. Osborne led the group for 10 years. During his time with them they charted such hits as “Love Ballad,” Back in Love Again” and “Holding On.”

Osborne decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career in 1982. As a solo artist he charted such hits as “You Should Be Mine” and “The Last Time We Made Love.” He released three albums as a solo artist.

Osborne says his latest album is geared towards ballad songs. “Without a doubt this album is ballad heavy,” he said. To catch Jeffery Osborne live, head down to Sam’s Town.