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Mickey Gilley is going on tour after overcoming a paralyzing accident

Mickey Gilley
Mickey GilleyPhotographer Unknown

By Jenn Findley

A new forefront is on the horizon for Mickey Gilley.

Mickey, the original “Urban Cowboy” was in a tragic accident in 2009 leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He was helping his friend move a conch, it slipped and fell on top of him crushing four vertebrae.

Esquire Magazine wrote an article “The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy” based on Gilley’s, which later became the movie, “Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta.

Mickey is also the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, and he talked about this tour with positivity and delight.

“I have always loved performing and I know nothing else,” says Mickey Gilley. “Getting back on stage in all of these cities is something to look forward to each and every day. The outpour of love and concern from the fans, my fellow artist friends, and the music community has kept me fighting to walk back on that stage, so I am glad that time is finally here.”

He has returned to the stage and is now walking, singing and performing after years of intense physical therapy and a strong will to keep on keeping on.

17 of 39 Top-Ten country hits hit No. 1 on the country charts. Stand By Me, True Love Ways, You Don’t Know Me and A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight).

Gilley was instrumental in creating the “Urban Cowboy” era with the opening of Gilley’s in 1971; known as the “World’s Largest Honky-Tonk”. The famed-club with a dance floor that could hold thousands was the forerunner of “Hard Rock Café” and other themed restaurants.

Mickey Gilley Tour Dates:
March 21 Claremore, OK – Cherokee Casino – Will Rogers Downs
March 22 West Siloam Springs, OK – Cherokee Casino
April 12 Godrey, IL – Lewis & Clark College
April 19 Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall
May 8-10 Jackpot, NV – Cactus Petes
May 16 Clinton, IA – Wild Rose Casino
May 17 Emmetsburg, IA – Wild Rose Casino
June 25 Pasadena, TX – Stafford Centre
June 26 Midland-Odessa, TX – Wagner Noel PAC
June 27 Greenville, TX – Greenville Municipal Auditorium
July 13 Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater
July 19 Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
July 30 Shreveport, LA – Casino

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