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Halfway to Hazard to play in Somerset

Rising country music duo Chad Warrix and David Tolliver return to Kentucky for a benefit concert performance to support The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars youth leadership program on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at The Center in Somerset.

“Chad and David know what it is like to follow their dreams from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky to playing in large arenas filled with thousands of screaming fans,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “The Rogers Scholars program provides leadership and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to realize their full potential as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Halfway to Hazard is more than a self-penned title. It represents Warrix and Tolliver’s musical journey from the mountain roads of Appalachian Kentucky to the bright lights of Nashville and everywhere in between.

“I grew up riding ATVs and dirt bikes, tearing up those winding mountain roads, camping out with friends, and playing music,” said Warrix, who was reared in Breathitt County. “Those are the things I wouldn’t trade for the world. I think my upbringing inspired me to be creative.”

Tollier, who lived about 50 miles away in Knott County, started singing in church. He played high school basketball and was in the school band. “We really appreciated the little things, going to Hazard to see a movie was a big deal.”

Growing up, Warrix and Tolliver would meet halfway between their two home counties in Hazard in neighboring Perry County to watch a movie or listen to live music on a Friday or Saturday night.

The name stuck. In fact, Halfway to Hazard are the opening words of their first song, “Cold,” which Warrix and Tolliver wrote together several years after each had put Kentucky in their rearview mirror and ended up in Music City.

Halfway to Hazard, or H2H, received its first big break in 2007 when the Kentucky boys released their first self-titled album and were invited to open for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on the Soul2Soul Tour.

In 2008, H2H released its first single, “Daisy,” which became an instant hit on country radio, and formed its own grassroots fan club, which call itself, “Dukes and Daisies.”

Local band One Way is scheduled to open for Halfway to Hazard. Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Rogers Scholars program and the youth of southern and eastern Kentucky.

“Rogers Scholars taught me that no matter where you come from, or what your circumstances are, opportunities are available for everyone,” said 2014 Rogers Scholars graduate Ryan Fox of Carter County. “The Rogers Scholars program truly is an experience of a lifetime.”

For tickets to the Rogers Scholars benefit concert, contact The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or visit www.centertech.com.

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