As venues for live music continued to revitalize, Christian-Country musician Curtis Grimes will be in Dodge City performing at Central Station Bar and Grill on Oct. 30.
Grimes has established a distinguished career with 11 No. 1 hit singles on the Texas Radio chart, a No. 1 hit song on the Power Source Country Christian Chart, 30 million streams on Spotify, as well as awards over the years that include "New Male Vocalist of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Entertainer of the Year" and two-time "Country Christian Song of the Year" at the Texas Regional Radio Awards.
In addition he has a hit single placed in a national Supercuts commercial and a residency in the Top Five on the Texas Music Pickers Spotify chart, beating out artists like Aaron Watson and Stoney LaRue.
Grimes’ music is influenced by his religious background growing up in Gilmer, Texas, but he said he did not begin to seriously explore music until his freshmen year at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louis., where he went on a Division-1 baseball scholarship.
"My roommate on the baseball team had a guitar and so I started messing around with that, trying to learn how to play those Texas country kind of 'red dirt' songs that I was listening to at the time," said Grimes.
Grimes quit baseball shortly after that to pursue music in San Marcos, Texas, and it was there he found a creative influence in the music stylings of Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen.
Grimes eventually moved on to more studies at Texas State in Austin and by that time playing small gigs regularly.
In 2008, he played in a battle of the bands contest in Austin, Texas, and won the grand prize to play the 15-minute opening spot for the Kenny Chesney/LeAnn Rimes tour, cementing his career in music. Following that he immediately released his first album "Lonely River."
Grimes attributes his time as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s The Voice in 2011 as the push that finally allowed to him explore performing outside of Texas. Since then, Grimes has played most of Texas and forayed into the Midwest often, playing in Nebraska and Kansas.
He went on to release his second album in 2012 "Live From The Parish."
In 2014, Grimes first studio album "Other Side Of The Fence" brought him his first No. 1 hit single in Texas with "The Cowboy Kind."
Four of his 11 hit songs come from his latest album, "Undeniably Country."
In his 12 years performing music, Grimes has never had a major label deal and describes what he does as "all independent and organic." "Less pop, less Top 40 kind of sound, I’m kind of like more the traditional style," said Grimes.
Passionate about his religion, Grimes said he tries to use his music as a platform to share his beliefs with others. Grimes said that if was not playing music, he would more than likely be playing baseball still.
He has performed at Central Station a few times before and is excited to be coming back. "I always appreciate the history," said Grimes about Dodge City. "We like to have fun on stage, and we hope that translates to the folks there."
The show starts at 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 and tickets are $10 at the door.