SHIPSHEWANA — Country music stars Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle are scheduled to perform in Shipshewana May 16.
Part of the Blue Gate Theater concert series, this show will take place at the Shipshewana Event Center, 780 S. Van Buren St. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Greenwood’s hits include “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands,” “It Turns Me Inside Out, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose),” “She’s Lyin” and “Dixie Road.”
Music industry awards for Greenwood include being named Male Vocalist of the Year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1983 and ’84, and a Grammy in 1985 for Top Male Vocal Performance for “I.O.U.” In 1985, he also earned a CMA Song of the Year award as the writer for “God Bless the USA.”
That song — written by Greenwood on a tour bus in 1983 — has emerged as the signature tune for the singer, whose father served in the Navy and the Merchant Marine during World War II. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times, in 1991, 2001 and 2003.
“’USA’ is the song I always felt the need to write,” Greenwood said, according to the Blue Gate website. “I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast. I wanted to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy.”
Greenwood continues to write and record. He has a new seven-track EP titled “I Want to Be in Your World,” for which he wrote three tunes, set for a July release. “I want my family to see what I do and not what I did,” Greenwood is quoted on the Blue Gate website. “I like the artistry of it. I could have been a carpenter or a farmer, but I love the spirit of the music.”