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Who Danny Hutchins
When May 24, 2008
Where Oak Ridge, TN
What Music man to set market mood; Charley Pride's director highlights event for area farmers
 

Charley Pride's right-hand man for 31 years will be drumming up business for area farmers Saturday while playing the keyboard.

Danny Hutchins, an Oak Ridge native who is the music director and writer for the legendary singer, will serenade shoppers from 8-10 a.m. in the city's historic Jackson Square. Other musical entertainment continues until 2:30 p.m., and various breakfast and luncheon items will be available.

It's the first in a series of Third Saturday special festivities for the Farmers Market sponsored by the Jackson Square Business Association, spokeswoman Barbara Ferrell said.

A musical prodigy who started playing piano when he was 2 years old, Danny Hutchins joined Pride's band when he was 17 and hasn't looked back, said his dad, Jerry Hutchins of Oak Ridge.

Although Pride is slowing down, he and his band, The Pridesmen, still tour and perform about 40 shows a year, Jerry Hutchins said. Pride is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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