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True to its roots

Country band performs during 5-day Hancock carnival

Country band performs during 5-day Hancock carnival

May 31, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

HANCOCK - Few things can beat the appeal of performing at an outdoor concert in the dead of summer, said Tori Anderson, lead singer of the country band Tori Anderson and Possum Holler.

Not even being locked in a portable toilet minutes before show time, Anderson said. Or the bugs Anderson sometimes swallows onstage when she opens her mouth to sing.

Bugs and mishaps aside, "our roots are here," said Anderson, a Hancock resident who said the band prefers to play venues in the Tri-State area - with outdoor shows being Anderson's favorite.

Friday night, it's the best of both worlds for Tori Anderson and Possum Holler.

They will give a free concert at an outdoor show in Hancock - Anderson's own backyard - June 8, for the Hancock Fire Company's yearly carnival.

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The carnival starts Tuesday, June 5, and continues through Saturday, June 9, at Widmyer Memorial Park. The fire company hopes to raise $10,000, said organizer and Deputy Chief Greg Yost.

Festivities include a ferris wheel, merry-go-round style rides and plenty of kid-friendly amusement rides. There also will be tip jars and gambling booths for adults, Yost said.

For the concert, fans should expect covers of old and new country hits, Anderson said. The band will also play some originals off their two self-produced and self-distributed albums.

Possum Holler has six members, with Anderson's husband, Michael Anderson, on acoustic guitar and her youngest sister, Cathy Moats, on backup vocals.

The band records its albums in the Andersons' basement.

"I don't think any of our dreams are to be household names across the country," Anderson said. "But if someone came from Nashville and wanted to sign us, we'd probably do it."




If you go ...



WHAT: Hancock Firemen's Carnival

WHEN: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9

WHERE: Widmyer Memorial Park, Hancock

COST: Free admission. Cost for rides and food. Ride all night for $15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

MORE: Tori Anderson and Possum Holler are set to perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. Comedian and hypnotist Russ Clarke is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

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