Nicole Donatone, The Hawks have Sunday concert in Palmerton Park
This summer season, when talented country singer Nicole Donatone performs at events, she will have with her a veteran duo - Duane and Lisa Hawk of Palmerton - who have been area favorites of music fans for decades.
The first appearance for them will be Sunday, June 2, 2-4 p.m., in the Gazebo at Palmerton Park.
"We were psyched," said Duane, regarding being asked by Donatone to perform with her.
Lisa, his wife, agreed. "I haven't looked forward to playing this much in years."
Donatone has a CD entitled "If You Knew," which includes the song "Red," her latest single.
She said the Hawks have learned the songs from the CD, but they also will be joining her in singing the classics for which they are best known. These include songs by Patty Loveless, Shania Twain, Wanda Jackson, JoDee Messina, and Carrie Underwood.
The Hawks, who are both blind, stressed they are accompanying Donatone on the summer tour and it is her show. They said for bookings, to visit Donatone's Web site at nicoledonatone.com.
Also on the Web site is the summer concert schedule.
The Hawks have been singing together for about 30 years. Duane said they got married in 1983 and started performing in 1984.
"We actually started playing in the bars for our rent money," laughed Duane. Their popularity grew and they began performing at fairs, festivals, and social events.
They always carried a heavy schedule. Lisa said one year they did 265 shows.
Donatone said of the combo, "I'm excited. It's going to be fun."
The Hackettstown, New Jersey native has opened for some of country music's biggest stars, including Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Aaron Tippen, John Michael Montgomery, and Don Williams.
She has performed in Nashville, including for the R.O.P.E., a well-respected group dedicated to classic country music.
She made her first professional video, "Red," in October 2011. Some of the scenes in the video were shot at Penn's Peak, some along Routes 209 and 248, and some at the Palmerton Park Gazebo where she is performing on Sunday.