It'll be a yodeling lovers' Christmas on Dec. 18 when Ed Dailey presents his annual Country Christmas benefit show.
Topping the list of entertainers scheduled to appear are yodeling master Rod Erickson from Spirit Lake, Idaho, as well as guitarist Jim Aasen from Clarkston, singer Cale Moon from Sunnyside, singer Jill Bright from Spokane, Tri-Citians Russ Hansen, Mike Skalstad and Joe Winters, and Jerry Voorhies from Royal City.
Dailey met Erickson about 10 years ago at a cowboy gathering. "When I heard him yodel it was so good and without effort," he said. "He's also a funny entertainer with a great sense of humor."
He gears some of his shows toward youngsters, bringing kids on stage and attempting to teach them to yodel, Dailey added. "He also knows thousands of songs, so if an audience member calls out a song as a request he'll (most times) be able to sing it," he said.
Hansen has performed in clubs around the Northwest for more than two decades and has spent the past 20 years in prison ministry.
"Cale is a hot young new country guy," Dailey said. "He performed at the Pendleton Round-Up and I believe he has a great future in country music."
Voorhies will perform a selection of bluegrass music mixed with gospel and old-time Christmas favorites.
Bright will sing a medley of Christmas songs, country style.
The concert is from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the church of God, 732 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. Admission is free but organizers say representatives from the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco will be in the parking lot accepting donations of food, clothing or cash.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org