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McCormack to unveil quot;Open Roadquot; video Saturday

Local country star Lee McCormack will celebrate his birthday with his fans Saturday during his "Open Road" video debut at The Red Fox Lounge at the Grandview Inn in South Point.

This is his first video and the title track from his new album.

McCormack said he is extremely excited about the video premier.

"It is really exciting to see myself on the big screen actually acting," he said. "It was a lot fun and we got to see a lot of different places."

They filmed the video in Nashville, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. Although it was a tiring experience, one of his favorite experiences during the shoot was driving a 1959 Corvette.

"It was a real beauty," he said. "It purred like a kitten."

At the video premier, McCormack and the Open Road Band will play a short set. Tiffany Brooks, his video co-star and a new Galaxy Records signee,

will also perform.

Brian Roberts, new owner of Galaxy Records & Promotions, said he was blown away when he first heard her sing.

"She originally jumped in to sing a duet with Lee," he said. "It was like hearing an angel sing. I had to sign her then."

Brooks is equally excited about the opportunity.

"I am really learning from Lee and the way he interacts with the fans," she said. "He has been a good influence."

McCormack said that he thinks the sky is the limit for Brooks.

"She definitely has a lot of potential, as a model and a singer," he said. "Once she gets her stage presence to go with her voice, she is going to be a bombshell."

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the premier begins at 7. Tickets cost $10

in advance and can be purchased at the Red Fox Lounge, The End Zone and McCormack's Web site at http://www.bobsboots.com/Lee/index.html.

The night of the concert admission will cost $15.

The video was produced by Peter Lippman and his company Lippsync, Inc.

Lippman directed the first videos for Kenny G, Steve Earle, Alan Jackson and has worked with many others including Michael Jackson and Motley Crue. Lippsync started in 1987 and is based in Nashville.

Roberts is also excited about the debut and the exposure Lee has been receiving.

"The video is a promotion to get their image out there," he said. "The excitement developing in the last month and a half can help project them into the mainstream.

"The everyday Joe doesn't really care about what record company someone is with," Roberts said. "Galaxy is just a vehicle to get the stars to where they need to be."

Roberts said the response from the major record labels in Nashville has been tremendous. The video will probably be aired on CMT and GAC within a few months as the radio air play increases.

McCormack encourages everyone to come celebrate with him.

"The audience will get a hundred percent," McCormack said. "I am going to sweat along with them and have fun. The fans are going to be part of the show."

McCormack said this next step in his career is coming quicker than he anticipated.

"The future is looking bright," he said. Michael Caldwell/The Ironton Tribune