Cort Carpenter

Cort Carpenter.

Country singer and Kelso native Cort Carpenter will return to Longview on Friday evening for a performance following the Cowlitz Black Bears—Bend Elks game at Lower Columbia College’s Story Field.

The game starts at 6:05 p.m. Carpenter and his band will take the stage at 9 p.m. and will play for about two hours.

The night is one of the stops on his 2019 “Electricity” tour. The band will play many of his original songs, such as “Holy Ground,” a country hit released last year in which Carpenter fondly reminisces about growing up in the Kelso-Longview area.

They’ll also be playing newer singles and debuting his song “Dollar Store,” which Carpenter described as a fun party anthem.

Carpenter launched his music career about eight years ago. After graduating from Lower Columbia College, he discovered a love — and talent — for singing while performing karaoke at Yan’s Chinese Restaurant and Lounge in Kelso.

Since then, he’s made a career recording in Nashville, opening for country music titans such as Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood and amassing more than 24,000 fans on Facebook. He was recently nominated as Modern Country Entertainer of the year and Modern Country Male Vocalist and Artist of the year for the 2019 Josie Music Awards.

Tickets are available at cowlitzblackbears.com or at the field ticket office.

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