By Travis Sloat
Johnny Lee said he’s been playing music since high school, and he’s always had a love for it.
“I was either going to be a highway patrolman or a singer,” Lee said. “I’m absolutely ready to come back to the Muskogee area. I plan on doing all my hits, even ‘The Yellow Rose.’ That’s right, I plan on doing a Texas song in Oklahoma.”
Lee will be playing a free show on Saturday night at the 3 Rivers Tavern, which is located in the newly redesigned Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson. Lower 40 will open the show at 7 p.m., and Lee will take the stage at 10 p.m.
Chris Province, the general manager of the casino, said he was excited to have the bands come to the new facility.
“This new facility allows us to provide live entertainment and the best guest experience,” Province said. “No matter where you are in the property, you can enjoy the show.”
Lee released his debut album, “Coast to Coast,” in 1977, and since then has released 15 studio albums, including 1980’s “Lookin’ for Love,” which, along with several other songs from the same album, he performed in the movie “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta and Debra Winger.
According to his website, he followed up “Lookin’ For Love” with “One In A Million,” which spent two weeks at No. 1. More top singles during this time included “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “The Yellow Rose (a duet with Lane Brody)” and “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break.” His string of Top 10 hits continued with “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Prisoner of Hope,” “Be There for Me Baby,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender” and “Rollin’ Lonely.”
In 1981, Lee was named “New Male Vocalist of the Year.” He has also been asked to appear on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as numerous television talk shows and series. He is featured in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and continues to play shows across the United States.
Lee said he was certain his audience would have a good time.
“We always have a good time on stage,” he said. “We like to stick around and sign autographs and take pictures after the show as well.”
If you go
WHAT: Johnny Lee at the 3 Rivers Tavern.
WHERE: The Cherokee Casino in Fort Gibson.
WHEN: Saturday night, show starts at 7:30 p.m. and Johnny Lee performs at 10 p.m.
COST: Free, but all guests must be at least 21 years old.
INFO: (918) 297-3555 or www.cherokeestarrewards.