Whiskey River to perform at park July 28

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Whiskey River is set to perform for the Granville Village Summer Concert series at Veterans Memorial Park on July 28 at 7 p.m.

One of the most anticipated concerts of the Granville Village Summer Concert Series is set to take place on July 28 when Whiskey River performs at Veterans Memorial Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Whiskey River, a “true, authentic country band” for five-and-a half years, is composed of four members: Joe Gero on vocals and rhythm guitar, Bob Tressler on the drums, Jim Thompson on vocals and lead guitar and Lance MacIntosh who does vocals and bass guitar.

Audience members can expect a mix of hits by Merle Haggard, George Jones, Alan Jackson Zac Brown Band and many others. The band has seen its fair share of people soaking in the music in their lawn chairs and those who are down to boogie.

“Classic country is something a lot of people grew up with and don’t get to hear anymore,” Tressler said. “That’s what we’re in it for is the audience and their response.

Tressler, a Granville resident and owner of Heritage Manor Realty, added that it means a lot hearing high praise for his band and being asked to come back to perform annually.

“It’s very gratifying. One of our favorite things to do is play for a hometown crowd like this and we normally get a really good reception,” he said. “I’m glad to hear it. It’s a bit daunting, all of the bands that perform (during the summer concert series) there are very good.”

Granville village clerk and concert series organizer Rick Roberts told NYVTmedia that country bands like Whiskey River and Wolf Holler have “their own following” of diehard fans that travel to see them perform, many of whom are from Granville.

“It’s always nice when we can have local talent perform. Bob Tressler and his band have been coming consistently for the last three or four years,” Roberts said. “People know who they are and appreciate the type of music they perform.”

Tressler said the success of the band has had a large part to do with maturity, experience and balancing emotions among all of the members, whether performing in front of small clubs or large outdoor events like the three-day Danby Country and Bluegrass Festival.

“All of us have been at this music business for a very long time. In my case, 50 years,” Tressler said. “We are grateful that we get this kind of response . . . we’re booked through New Year’s Eve. That wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the great response we get.”