LAS VEGAS, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Singing star Billy Ray Cyrus will
headline two concerts, Saturday, and Sunday, November 21 & 22 at the Riviera
Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement was made by Director
of Entertainment for the Riviera, Steve Schirripa.
Even though Billy Ray was well-known in country music circles, he didn't
gain national notoriety until the release of "Achy Breaky Heart." The catchy
single hit the charts like a bombshell and occupied the number one spot in
country music for seven weeks. The debut album, "Some Gave All," ignited the
Billboard pop and country album charts at No. 1 for a record-breaking and
record-holding seventeen weeks. Country dancing fans were doing the "Achy
Breaky" and the record sales hit platinum. It was a craze that rivaled the
hula hoop and quite possibly the Twist.
Despite his sudden rise to fame, Cyrus was anything but an overnight
sensation. Before making five albums, before selling 15 million copies,
before the steady rain of music industry accolades (Country Music Association
Single of the Year, Nashville Songwriter Association Song of the Year, six TNN
Music City News Awards, two American Music Awards, two Billboard awards, five
Grammy nominations, a BMI awards, etc.,) before the TV specials and the Billy
Ray Cyrus Charities Foundation and even before carrying the Olympic Torch, the
Flatwoods, Kentucky native was living in his car, knocking on the doors of
Nashville power brokers, trying desperately to get that illusive break. His
success came only after his refusal to give up. He has paid his dues.
A career artist, Cyrus has regrouped and returned with his sixth CD to
round out a double trifecta that so far includes the above "Some Gave All,"
and "It Won't Be The Last," "Storm in the Heartland, Trail of Tears" and "The
Best of Billy Ray Cyrus: Cover to Cover." The album hitting stores in
September, features the first single and video, "Time For Letting Go" to be
released July 27.
Cyrus recalls, "Keith Stegall, my producer, found that song and everyone
agreed it was the one to lead off with. The songs remind me of ones I played
early in my career, back when I was playing four sets a night in 1986 at the
old Ragtime Lounge."
Known for his big heart and boundless loyalty, he recorded this one in the
long-standing Cyrus tradition of music equals fun, bringing the credo to the
new collection of songs, as well as taking it to the stage on an in progress
world tour, of which the famed Riviera is now a part.
"The music has never been about my hair or clothes, but to some it was.
There's a new song on the album called 'Under the Hood' that will get people
out on the dance floor, but it's about how you can't judge a book by its
cover. I've always wanted to be respected as a singer, songwriter and
entertainer. So I have to live my motto of 'some gave all' to achieve that."
Billy Ray Cyrus concerts will be at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, November
21 & 22 in the Riviera's Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $35 and $45 plus all
applicable fees and service charges. For more information or reservations
call the Riviera Box Office at (702) 794-9280.
SOURCE Riviera Hotel & Casino