Casey Donahew may not be a household name for country music fans, but his live shows are legendary.

The singer will jump back on the road Friday with a show at Long Branch Lagoon.

"It’s not our first show at a pool," Donahew said in an interview with the Globe. "We actually played an acoustic set at a private function next to a pool.

"It’s OK, I like the outdoors and a different setting, so I’m looking forward to it."

As for playing Dodge City, Donahew said he knows of the community and is happy to be playing here.

"We’ve been to Dodge City a few times, for layovers on tour or just going through," he said. "But, this is the first time we’ve played a gig there, so I’m really looking forward to it and enjoying myself.

"There’s always something going on in Dodge City, so we’re happy to be a part of it."

The singer is a staple of Texas country music and just recently started to get nationwide recognition. His word-of-mouth reputation is due to live shows.

"We kind of go year-round with the touring," Donahew said. "We play 150 shows a year and we enjoy every minute of it.

"I’ve done it all — a 15-year career — as sort of an underground artist. We put everything into our live shows and people want to come back and see us again."

Donahew’s Friday show will be the first in a few days. He was at MusicFest, a country music weeklong event, before enjoying a few days of off.

"I’m actually with my wife and family in Mexico," Donahew said. "We took a few days off after MusicFest to relax before going back on the road."

After Friday’s show at Long Branch Lagoon, Donahew plays Saturday in Lake Ozark, Missouri, before returning to Texas.

"I love what I do, getting on stage and sharing my music with fans," Donahew said. "It’s a dream come true."

Friday’s show starts at 8:30 p.m., with gates at Long Branch Lagoon opening at 7:30 p.m. The show is for those 21 and older and will end at 11 p.m. According to officials, swimming will be allowed at the water park, but the giant slides will not be open and the wave pool setting will be on low for the evening.

 

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