The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 7, 2012

MGCCA concert series begins


Wednesday, November 7, 2012 — The Mount Gilead Community Concerts Association is set to begin another season of visiting musicians in four performances in the MGCCA 2012-13 Concert Series. Debbie Liske has just completed a new CD of original music entitled Extra Mile, and she is bringing Mike Garrigan with her to kick off the series on Nov. 9.

“Extra Mile” is the first album of Debbie’s career that combines all of her thoughts and emotions into one package of songs that smoothly blends the common traits of funk, rock, pop and bluesy ballads to form what is best described as blue-eyed, funkified, acoustic, rockin’ soul.

Scheduled for a full release in 2013, “Extra Mile” (her fourth album) is dedicated to people affected by natural and man-made disasters. The lyrics are as light as they are penetrating, and the music is held together with an  organic rhythm section with the likes of Rob Ladd on drums (Alanis Morissette, Don Henley) and Robert Sledge on bass (Ben Folds Five). But, clearly by design, the soothing quality of Debbie’s voice and her passionate vocal presence are meant to be heard and felt above everything else. As Jerry Carter from WNCU Radio states, “The lady can sing.”

Debbie’s mother is Jane Liske of Mangum, and MGCCA is excited to have an artist with a hometown connection to start the 2012-13 Concert Series. The acoustic show will take place in the intimate setting of the Haywood Event Center, 104 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Other artists in the series are:

Sally Spring, who paints an Americana musical portrait that “reaches deep inside, is beautifully layered, has something to say and generates emotional heat that is white hot” (Americana UK). Sally will be joined by her husband, Ted Lyons, for this special evening on Dec. 11.

Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz, who combine their backgrounds in country, traditional and gospel music with their taste for contemporary singer-songwriters. Their acoustic performances feature the tight, rich harmonies that have earned them a loyal following in the north, and MGCCA will host them Jan. 18, on their very first tour of North Carolina.

Jimi Ray, a native of Troy, who has spent years honing his skills through songwriting, singing and playing.

Now living in the Gaston County town of Dallas, Jimi will be joined by musical partner Michael Hough for a  program of original music and interpretations of classic pop and rock songs. MGCCA is pleased to close the  series with another “hometown” artist Apr. 20.

Season tickets for the 2012-13 Concert Series are available now at a cost of $50 per adult and $35 per student.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 1-855-881-9684, or in person at the Debbie Liske  concert Nov. 9. (Tickets to individual shows will be available at a cost of $15 per adult and $8 per student.)

MGCCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality musical programs to the community. The  goal is to present at least four concerts by professional artists each season and MGCCA also produces educational programs for local students whenever possible.

MGCCA also supports the Mount Gilead Community Choir and is the parent organization of Community Radio WMTG, which serves the public 24 hours a day at 88.1 FM in and around Mount Gilead, online at and with the TuneIn mobile app.