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Fans go crazy for Clay Walker

July 22, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION

Fans go crazy for Clay Walker



Country music star Clay Walker offered a rollicking performance Saturday night before about 1,100 people at The Maryland Theatre and pleased dozens of admiring female fans in the process.

"He's a good-looking man," said Trish Kabler of Hagerstown.

Walker's good looks are the reason many female fans said they like him.

Just before Walker appeared on the stage, the drum set rose about 25 feet in the air. As the lights went down, one woman screamed, "Come on, baby!"

A bright light shone from behind the stage and Walker walked under the drums and out on the stage to start the show.

Walker opened his act with the song "Rumor," followed by "You're Beginning to Get to Me."

Looks aside, Walker knows how to write a song, too, said Sherry Benner of Hagerstown.

Benner was hoping to hear Walker's song "Chain of Love," which is about doing good deeds, said Benner. Walker sings about stopping by a road to help a woman fix her flat tire. She offers him money but he turns it down. He tells the woman to pass along a favor to someone else, keeping the "Chain of Love" alive.

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"It's a good clean song, which is what this world needs," said Benner.

The first couple of records by Walker, who lives in Beaumont, Texas, went to No. 1, said Lisa Allen, program director for WFRE country radio station in Frederick.

On top of that, he has had about 10 No. 1 hits in the last three years, said fan Dwayne Harsh of Hagerstown.

"The Maryland Theatre should be packed tonight," Harsh said.

"He's just interesting to watch. We really like him," said Ann Holland of Hagerstown, who came to the show with Harsh.

Erin George, 17, of Hagerstown, said she didn't know a lot about Walker, but was quickly becoming a fan. George said seeing Walker's "Then What" video on television was enough to get her hooked.

"I'm just country, that's it," said George.

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