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‘Western country with a touch of gospel’

By Staff | Jun 13, 2014

Ashley Burkhartsmeier/PCT Greg Hager performed original western country in Ellery Park Wednesday evening.

On a strangely cold Wednesday night for June, the sounds of country music filled Ellery Park.

Greg Hager performed in Rugby this past week, and was almost rained out. But the rain didn’t come, and the crowd enjoyed ice cream and Hager’s own brand of music. Or as he calls it, ‘Western country with a touch of Gospel.’

When Hager plays, he tries to get certain messages across, like “Home is where you find love,” and other the values that people should have.

“I want people to leave my show thinking I’m glad I came, I feel good,” he said. He mentioned he tries to hold four main principals in his songs: life, music, love and faith. To demonstrate his point, he even wrote a song about why people should turn their phones off and talk to people instead.

His songs also show that, to him, he’s painting a picture of what its like to live in North Dakota. To him, there’s a certain rule set to life on the prairie.


“It’s special, you won’t find it anywhere else,” he said.

Sherwood singer on deck

Marsha Deslauriers, of Sherwood, is slated to perform June 18 as part of this year’s Music in the Park series.

“I’ve always made good connections with Rugby,” Deslauriers said. “It’ll be nice to come back.”

For her performance, Deslauriers will sing not just gospel but also music from various decades, specifically the ’30s to the 2000s.

“It’s a little something for everyone,” Deslauriers said.

Deslauriers has been singing for most of her life, starting in church in Glenburn. Attending Glenburn Public School, she sang in choirs and festivals before studying with a vocal coach at Minot State University. She has since performed as part of the Mouse River Players, at various events in North Dakota and Minnesota, and is a regular performer at 10 North Main – a Minot restaurant. In the past 12 years, she also recorded four albums.

All Music in the Park performances take place at 7 p.m. at Ellery Park. During performances, Lions club members will scoop free ice cream.

Tune into KZZJ for more information in the event of inclement weather.

-Thor Skjelver and Bryce Berginski

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