NASCAR legend Wallace to greet fans at Hunley concert

NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Rusty Wallace will be a special guest at Walters State’s “An Evening with Con Hunley in Concert” on Feb. 22.

Wallace was named Rookie of the Year by the Winston Cup series in 1984 and won the 1989 Winston Cup Championship.

Wallace retired from racing in 2004. His 55 wins place him ninth among all NASCAR racers.

Rusty Wallace Ford and Rusty Wallace Toyota are among the event sponsors and Wallace will be available to meet fans prior to the concert.

Hunley has released 20 charting singles with classics like “Oh Girl” and “What’s New with You.” His accolades include nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. His “Sweet Memories” was named one of the top albums of 2004 by CMT. His soulful sounds still win praise from fans and critics.

After successful stints with record labels MCA, Capitol and Warner Brothers Records, he is recording on IMMI.

“I find Con’s voice one of the more distinctive in all of the genres I enjoy. We are grateful to Con and his team for this concert, a very generous and personal gift,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walters State.

“We are also grateful to David Hayes, president of the Walters State Foundation and Con’s longtime friend, for making it possible.”

The doors of the Library will open at 5:30 p.m. for seating. High Lonesome Senate, the college’s bluegrass band, will open the show at 6:30 p.m., with Hunley taking the stage at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30, $40 and $50. To purchase tickets, visit www.ws.edu/conhunley or call the college advancement office at 423-585-2629. Tickets can also be purchased at conhunley.com.

All proceeds benefit the Walters State Foundation.