McDowell heads to Tupelo for annual show

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Ronnie McDowell’s December gig in Tupelo has become a tradition, both for the venue, Good Time Charlie’s, and for the singer himself.
“I love Tupelo,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We’re coming back to sing some of my records, and my new record I have out. We’re going to mix it up and have a good time.”
McDowell is known for his famous tribute to Elvis Presley, so his show will always include that. But he has a new single out, “A Single Woman.”
“During the election I heard one of the politicians say there are over 40 million single women in the United States. I was kind of blown away. I couldn’t fathom it,” he said. “That deserves to be a song.”
The new single has “struck a nerve with all of these single women out there,” he said, and it’s already being played worldwide. The single will be released in the U.S. soon, followed by a new CD.
McDowell said he’s sure the Tupelo show will include new tunes, old favorites and, of course, some Elvis and Christmas songs, but even he’s not sure exactly how it’ll go.
“I give the guys the first song, and I wing it from there,” he said. “I love doing it that way.”
McDowell is also a painter and has been commissioned by Disney to do some art for the company as well. That, plus promoting new music, will keep him busy in 2013. While he loves painting, music is still his first love.
“I love writing and performing,” he said. “I write songs for everybody.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

On Stage
WHO: Ronnie McDowell & His Rhythm Kings Band, Legends of the Blues

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Good Time Charlie’s, Tupelo

COST: $20

INFO: (662) 841-1414, (662) 231-6979