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Radio Stars to Perform in Watford City


Area residents will be treated to two special performances of the Radio Stars trio when they perform in Watford City, Saturday, August 20th. At 3 p.m. that afternoon they will play for the residents and guests at the Good Shepherd Home. Later that evening at 6 p.m. the band will perform a concert at the Watford City Tourist Park.

The Radio Stars consist of Merrill Piepkorn, vocals, guitar and harmonica; Greg "Smokey" Temple, vocals,electric and steel guitars; and R.P. Sell, bass guitar and vocals. Their music, which has been described as country music "with a twist" features tight three part harmonies on traditional western music, and exciting instrumental solos on Temple's steel guitar and Piepkorn's harmonica. Piepkorn says, "It's fun to hear the audience "ooh and ah" when those notes roll off Smokey's steel guitar, and they often seem amazed at how much music I can get out of that little harmonica".

The group is familiar to many local folks, having performed several shows in the area, including the Watford City Centennial. They have also appeared regularly at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot and on the national broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion".

There is no charge for the concert although free-will donations will be accepted and the Radio Stars will have their CDs for sale. Also, Johnson Corners Christian Academy will be selling Tacos in a Bag as a Fundraiser. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. The Radio Stars appearances in Watford City are hosted by the Long X Arts Foundation ( and sponsored by Teddy's Lounge and Teddy's Residential Suites.


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