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The accomplished country music singer, songwriter makes her first live appearance!

WHEELING, W.V. (August 11, 2008) - Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack presents CMA Female Vocalist, Pam Tillis live in the Wheeling Island showroom on Friday, August 15th at 9pm.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the night of the show. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered by calling TicketMaster at 304-233-3535 or visiting their website at

A child of Music City royalty and a former rebel, she was determined to find her own way as a singer and songwriter. A CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she has written songs for some of the top singers in and beyond Nashville, including more than a few of her own hits.

Pam Tillis knows what it's like to break the platinum barrier, to top the singles charts time and again, to bask in an ovation at her induction as a member of the Opry or play in the intimate hush of the Bluebird Café. She has bathed in the lights of Broadway, posed for glamour magazine spreads, sung ballads in Bay Area bistros, batted wicked one-liners back to Tom Bergeron on Hollywood Squares, even made cameos in movies.

But no matter where she wandered, Pam Tillis never lost her connection to country music -- even when country began to lose touch with itself. Trends came and went, and though she rolled easily with the tides and drew something from every new twist, she was aware that changes come with a cost, even as the business side of country flourished.

Her response was to insist on writing and cutting songs that spoke from the soul, rather than the boardrooms and focus groups of the country music industry. The results have been records that emanate an almost painful beauty, as did her 2002 release, the critically acclaimed It's All Relative (a tribute to her father, the great Mel Tillis).

With It's All Relative, which she affectionately calls "the Dad album," Tillis produced one of the most memorable discs to have come out of Nashville in years, largely because of her refusal to conform to expectations. Combing through her father's catalog, she chose songs that had an especially timeless quality, with built-in resistance to the whims of the market. It was a bold statement; more than that, it set the stage for the even more assertive statement that Rhinestoned would make.

Her most recent release in 2007, Rhinestoned. marked the first album to be released on Stellar Cat, Tillis's own imprint. It was co-produced with Matt Spicher and Gary Nicholson and embraced the momentum she established with the Dad record.

Since 1974, Tillis's record collection has included legendary artists like Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young.

Coming soon to the Wheeling Island showroom stage is Herman's Hermit's featuring Peter Noon on August 29, Loverboy on September 11, .38 Special on September 26, Tony Orland on October 3 and Lou Gramm of Foreigner on October 11.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.

Wheeling Island recently won 7 first place "Best of Gaming" Awards by Casino Player Magazine's July 2008 readers poll including Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Service, Best Cash Back and Best Promotions.

Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to

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