Gas Monkey Country Cruisers Present
Donnie Lee Strickland
w/ Derrick Davis Band and Jon Young
All Ages, 7PM Door/ 8PM Show
The undeniable Southern sound of Donnie Lee Strickland took root early on when his love of country music began at the tender age of 5. Born and raised in North Carolina, Donnie was influenced as a child by the music of George Strait, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire, which inspired him to sing in church and perform in school plays while growing up.
Since then, Donnie has entertained crowds all over the United States with his rich baritone vocals, performing as a special guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, TN, along with Grand Ole Opry stars Jan Howard and Jean Shepard. He also starred in the Loretta Lynn & Friends “Remembering Conway” concert the weekend of July 4, 2015, at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, and has performed in many other Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn tribute shows. In addition, Donnie was featured at country artist Tanya Tucker’s VIP Birthday Bash in Russellville, AR.
Often compared to country crooner Josh Turner, Donnie has opened for country artists Ty Herndon and Anita Cochran at the HideAway Rock Quarry in Soddy Daisy, TN, as well as for Jeff Bates at the Expo Five in Louisville, KY, and country group Shotgun & Lace in Walker, MO. Several times he’s been showcased as a special guest: on The Music City Hayride Show at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville, TN, on the weekly TV/radio show “Branson Country USA” at the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson, MO, and twice on the TV show “Ben Stillwater’s Country Junction” at Branson’s Center Stage in Branson, MO. He has also performed several times on Carnival Cruise ships, and just ended a 14-year run with the cast of the American Music Jubilee country variety show at the Rudy Theater in Selma, NC.
Donnie continues to garner notable awards and honors:
1st Place Winner of the Johnston Community College Youth Talent Showcase, Smithfield, NC
Male Vocalist of the Year Award 2014, Shepherdsville Country Music Show, Shepherdsville, KY
Featured Performer at the 2015 Arkansas State Fair Manager’s Convention, Hot Springs, AR
Top 15 Finalist of the Jimmy Dean/True Value Country Music Showdown
Top 20 Finalist of Fox 50’s “Gimme the Mike” TV competition, second season
With three CD’s to his credit, and a newly released EP in November of 2015, Donnie is currently putting the final touches on a long awaited LP due out soon. He is currently on tour with recently visited cities such as Sante Fe, NM and Richland, MI..