'Exile' to reunite for concert

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By The Staff

The original members of the country music band Exile are back together again for a reunion tour and are coming to Somerset for a performance that will give fans a chance to relive the magic of this award-winning group of musicians.

Exile band members J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman have reunited and will be bringing some of their biggest, chart-topping hits to the stage in a reunion concert Friday, Sept. 26, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the north and south exhibit halls, is presented by The Center and Alltech Festivals.

Exile topped the Billboard chart for the first time in the late 1970s with the rock pop ballad, "Kiss You All Over."

The single release, from their "Mixed Emotions" album, reached Billboard's Top 40 in August of 1978 and remained on the chart for 17 weeks. The breakthrough song was the group's first No. 1 hit and sold 5 million copies worldwide.

"Kiss You All Over" became a smash hit in 60 countries and was featured in the 1996 Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore."

The band, originally started as a pop rock group by five high school students from Richmond, Ky., has been recording and writing hit songs for more than three decades. Exile has produced 18 hits, 13 No. 1 singles and five Top 10 singles. The group has had multiple nominations for country music awards and sold more than 8 million albums and singles worldwide during its career.

Pennington, singer, songwriter, musician and original band member, wrote many of the group's songs and penned several chart-topping releases for other artists.

Some of the songs he wrote for other artists included "The Closer You Get" and "Take Me Down" performed by the country/western group, Alabama; "It Ain't Easy Being Easy" by country artist Janie Fricke and "Just In Case" by the Forester Sisters.

Moore and Preston, a country group whose music is compared to Montgomery Gentry, will perform as the opening band and will premiere their new music video filmed in Pulaski County. Several local residents appear in the video, featuring the debut of the band's newest release, "C'mon Down."

Tickets for the Exile reunion concert are on sale and may be purchased by calling The Center's box office at (606) 677-6000, stopping by The Center or online at www.centertech.com. Tickets are $25 each for reserved seating and $35 each for VIP reserved seating. Limited VIP seats are available.