High Point Theatre brings home local country and rockabilly artists

by Lenise Willis

Next Saturday, High Point Theatre won’t just be filled with applause; it’ll be filled with toe-tapping, too, while three successful North Carolina artists return home to perform “good ole’ southern-style country.”

Billy “Crash” Craddock, The Malpass Brothers, and Michael Cosner, all hailing originally from the Triad and North Carolina area, will kick off the theatre’s 2016- 2017 “Passport to Entertainment” series with “Crash Craddock’s Country Jam.”

“We are very excited to kick off our new 2016-2017 season with three amazing artists, all coming together to share their incredible collective talents,” said High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “With a combination of great stage presence, beloved classics and new country, plus a healthy helping of youthful enthusiasm, this is one up-close and personal concert you will not want to miss.”

Billy “Crash” Craddock, a Greensboro native, returns home for the performance to share his world-wide experiences and success. Craddock has had nine numberone singles, including favorites “Rub It In,” “Ruby Baby,” “Broken Down in Tiny Pieces,” “Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees),” and “Dream Lover,” and has even performed at the Grand Old Opry. His influences are Little Jimmy Dickens, Lefty Frizzell, Faron Young, and Elvis Presley.

Michael Cosner, also from Greensboro, is a talented singer-songwriter and musician, who plays the guitar, mandolin and piano. He has shared the stage with such great country artists as Shenandoah, Sara Evans, Sawyer Brown, Marty Rabon, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and his music is inspired by the influences of Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie and Keith Whitley.

Sharing the stage with Craddock and Cosner are The Malpass Brothers, two easy-going siblings from Goldsboro, who deliver a pure classic country sound and a little off-the-cuff ribbing. These gifted musicians and songwriters have performed at Merlefest, as well as shared billing with such praised artists as Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Rhonda Vincent, and Doc Watson. !


The one-time performance is Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m., at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. Tickets are $25-$45. For tickets or more information call (336) 887-3001 or visit