Angie Laster

Angie Laster

The Dickson Parks and Recreation Department’s Music in the Park series continues with Angie Laster performing Friday, July 12.

The free concert begins at 6 pm on the stage in Holland Park, next door to the Clement Railroad Hotel museum in downtown Dickson. Music in the Park presents free concerts on the second Friday of the month April through August and has featured performances by Leslie Dysinger, Jason Grove and The Benders.

A native of the Pleasantville community of Hickman County, Laster lives in Lyles and performs regularly at venues in the region, including Pinewood Kitchen and Mercantile, Salt and Pepper Grill, Duck River Country Store and others, and has been featured on the Grinders Switch Hour and at the Hickman County Fair. She describes her music as country, pop, rhythm and blues with a dose of original songs.

Laster says she was destined to perform from age five, when she would tiptoe into the Pleasantville Pentecostal Church where her father ministered and climb onto the piano bench. At the keyboard, she would fill the sanctuary with the baby grand playing refrains from Dolly Parton to James Taylor.

Even though Laster was often caught mimicking those “worldly” tunes, it never dampened her spirit. She says that during her formative years in that little church, not only did she develop her musicianship but also a strong faith that still can be heard in her music.

At the age of 12, while mastering the guitar, bass, piano and accordion, Laster began writing songs. Her inaugural recording, “Angie Laster Gospel,” included one of her own creations. This collection of hymns, compiled for her greatest inspiration, her grandmother, reflects Laser’s faith, family and musical flair.

Laster then set her sights on Music Row, with a music style reminiscent of her small-town roots. Whether interpreting a classic tune or a self-penned ballad, Laster’s soulful voice captures the deepest emotions, as demonstrated on her sophomore project, “Angie Laster Old School.”

She characterizes her music as “country in an educated way.” Fusing her rural roots with life’s seasoning and enduring faith lends her music a familiar ring yet maintains a distinctive sound.

At the forefront of Laster’s inspiration are her two daughters, who give her plenty of reasons to take up pen and paper. Additionally, her melodies reflect romance, heartache and conviction.

An entrepreneur, Laster manages Terrell Branch Music Group, a publishing company, record label and recording studio.

“I am as passionate about music as I am my family. It is a gift from God that I do not take for granted,” Laster said, adding that her goal is to “impact as many people as I can through my music.

For more about Laster, including performance videos, visit the Angielastermusic page on Facebook.

Parks and Recreation Department Program Director Tabitha Jennette invites everyone to bring a chair, a blanket and a picnic to Holland Park Friday night for the free concert.

The Music in the Park concert series will conclude Friday, Aug. 9, with an artist to be announced.

For more information on Music in the Park or other events and programs of the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department, call 615-446-1721, visit cityofdickson.com or like the City of Dickson Parks and Recreation Department page on Facebook. In addition to Holland Park, the city’s parks department operates J. Dan Buckner Park, Henslee Park, Lakeview Park, Luther Lake, City Lake, Tom Waychoff Memorial Park, Dickson Housing Authority Community Center, Tennsco Community Center, the Lester Speyer Community Recreational Complex and the War Memorial Stage in downtown.

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