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June 18, 2014

Plain Jane to rock bowling alley

GLASGOW — Fans of the local progressive rock band, Plain Jane, will get to hear new lead singer Tyler Lindsey when the band performs next week with the Fairweather Kings of Bowling Green at Ralphie’s Fun Center on Happy Valley Road.  

Lindsey of Bowling Green has accepted the role of lead singer and will be making his debut performance with Plain Jane on June 28.  

Originally from Glasgow, Lindsey is a recent graduate of Campbellsville College and works in marketing for a pharmaceutical company in Tennessee. He also helps with worship services at Crossland Community Church.

“It’s actually a funny story,” Lindsey said about how he came to be the band’s lead singer. “The drummer, Austin Benedict, and me are really good friends. He said he and Cody [Wooten] had talked about getting the band together. Austin was like, ‘Why don’t you get Tyler to do it.’”

Benedict and Wooten approached Lindsey about singing with the band and the rest is history.

“We thought with his experience that he would be a good asset with what we are offering,” Wooten said.

Although Lindsey appeared in several Glasgow Summer Theater musicals, including its production of “Oklahoma!” in August 2012, he has never sung with a band.   

“It’s actually pretty new to me,” he said. “It’s definitely me stepping out of my comfort zone.”

The addition of Lindsey as lead singer is only one of several changes Plain Jane has undergone since  taking a hiatus in 2013 following its December performance at the Music Is Me Fest II at the Plaza Theatre.

“We just decided things weren’t working out the way we wanted it to,” said Wooten. “After we played our last show at the Plaza, we took a break and then we just kind of broke up.”

Plain Jane had worked hard at making a name for itself in the local music scene, but some members felt the band had fallen short in reaching larger audiences.

“We were having trouble taking that next step,” Wooten said.

The band basically regrouped and is now composed of Lindsey on vocals, keyboard and guitar; John Bennett Alexander on guitar; Brandon Wood on vocals, guitar and keyboard; Austin Benedict on drums; and Wooten on base and drums.

The band plans to go into the studio to do a second extended play recording with producer John King of Nashville in late August.

“We hope this will lead to our first album,” Wooten said.

Opening for Plain Jane will be Glasgow High School junior Dena Chapman.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Chapman came to be the opening act after becoming acquainted with some of the band members, who also perform with her in Crossland Community Church’s youth band.

 “I just became good friends with them. We just started hanging out,” she said.  

Thompson has performed in school musicals and taken part in a few talent shows, but has never been  an opening act for band.

Chapman writes her own music.

 “I’ve written a couple of songs. I just recently started playing guitar,” she said.

Chapman will be accompanied by Lindsey.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Plain Jane will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 with Stages and Stereos also at Ralphie’s Fun Center.

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