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September 27, 2012

Heartland Rock Group Acklen to Take Stage at Memphis Theatre



With its roots in Nashville, Tennessee, it isn't a stretch that the band Acklen booked a gig in Memphis. Only the four-man band will be traveling out of state to Missouri, to perform at the Memphis Theatre, in Memphis, Missouri.

The October 15th show isn't as big a geographic stretch as it might first appear. Band member Kyle Burnside recently was the guest of honor at a wedding reception in Memphis, Missouri and will be returning to his wife's hometown for the show.

Burnside married McKinsay Cooley on July 7th. The couple met as students at Belmont College in Nashville, TN where their love for music drew them together. Mrs. Burnside is a senior majoring in Entertainment Industry Studies. Kyle will graduate in May with a degree in Business Administration in the Music Business.

That gives him a solid background to help make such bookings as the Memphis show, for his band Acklen, which he formed with former college roommate Casey Benefield, a Missouri native.

The duo began writing music together early in their college freshman year, with the band coming together during the course of their college careers. The group has performed several Nashville venues, including The National Underground, The Listening Room, and The Bluebird Café and has recently expanded to begin touring the Midwest.

Acklen is comprised of Benefield on lead guitar and vocals, Burnside on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jason Kollar on drums and Brent "Tarka" Layman on bass.

Mrs. Burnside, who is no stranger to local music fans, also gets into the act with vocals on at least one song. McKinsay has been on stage most of her life, performing with her mother, Schelle Cooley.

Acklen will bring it's Heartland rock style to the Memphis Theatre on Monday, October 15th. The show starts at 7 p.m. Advance ticket sales will begin October 1 at the Scotland County Pharmacy or by contacting Dr. Harlo Donelson at 465-7770 or Jo Ann Peters at 465-8943. Ticket price is $8.

The group has been compared to the group, Augustana, with its alternative pop style that might also bring to mind music by Tom Petty.

The band fittingly takes its name from Acklen Street, where Belmont University is located and where the band first came together.


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