Country music star John Conlee set to perform in Beloit

Although the set pieces and hit singles remain consistent at every show, country music star John Conlee says the part that makes each performance unique is interacting with the fans. “The thing that makes any given show different is the fans who show up,” Conlee said. “It’s great to be back doing shows. We’re looking forward to coming up there.”

Conlee will be coming to Beloit in July to put on a classic country show including songs in support of the U.S. military and members of law enforcement. He resumed live shows earlier this year after music events were sidelined due to COVID-19. The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. on July 11 at The Castle, at 501 Prospect St., Beloit.

Conlee, 74, has had 32 singles on the country music charges and he has recorded 11 studio albums. His singles have included “Backside of 30,” “Got My Heart Set On You,” and “In My Eyes.” He grew up in rural Kentucky and began taking guitar lessons when he was about 8 years old. In his early adult life, he worked at the WLAC radio station in Nashville, which helped propel him into a music career after meeting all sorts of “legends in radio” and artists in the country music industry.