Jimmy Lane: Sara Evans to hit Subase

Jimmy Lane

On July 27, the 2006 Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, Sara Evans, comes to New London, Conn., to play a free show at the Subase.

Evans released her first album “Three Chords and the Truth” in 1997. It was loved by critics, but it didn’t catch on with fans and radio programmers. In 1998 she released “No Place That Far,” and the title cut became her first No. 1 song. In the past decade, the Booneville, Mo., native has released four platinum albums and has had more than a dozen top-10 songs, including “Born To Fly,” “Suds In the Bucket,” “Perfect” and “A Real Fine Place to Start.” Last year, she released her first greatest hits collection, which included her most recent top-10 song, “As If.”

Evans has been in the news and tabloids a lot in the past two years. After leaving the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” she revealed she was filing for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Craig Schelske. She claimed he was having multiple affairs, including one with her ex-nanny, and he was addicted to pornography. In March, Evans officially moved on as she married former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker. She has homes now in Birmingham, Ala., and Franklin, Tenn.

This is a great opportunity to see Evans in concert. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Parking is limited and fans are asked to carpool with friends and family members if possible, and enter through the gates at Crystal Lake Road. It’s an outdoor show so bring a chair or blanket, but no coolers. Food and drinks will be sold at the concert. For more information, visit

Jimmy Lane is a disc jockey and program director at WCTY (97.7 FM) in Norwich, Conn. E-mail him at

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