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Country musician Drew Baldridge visits Murphysboro High School

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MURPHYSBORO -- Heads turned at Murphysboro High School Thursday morning, as a well-known visitor walked the halls.

Country music recording artist Drew Baldridge stopped by to chat with students and even play a few tunes.

"We were taken back," said senior Taylor Hobbs. "Some of us were freaking out."

From performing alongside Josh Turner at the Grand Ole Opry, to sitting in the classroom at Murphysboro High School, Baldridge took used the time about his career and passion for music.

"They're small town, Illinois kids," explained Baldridge, who grew up in Patoka, Illinois "These kids love to dance, love to sing, and that's what I love to do. So I could stand here and talk about it all day. I could have stayed in here and took questions all day long."

Baldridge busted out his guitar and played a few songs, but the students put on a show of their own, singing and performing a choreographed dance.

"Not only did I get a chance to come here and play some songs and take some questions, but they did a dance for me to my song "Dance with Ya" which was really cool," said Baldridge. "I don't have many people perform my songs for me."

The musicians words and his talk about working hard to reach your goals hit home with Hobbs.

"Listening to him talk about where he came from. And how he had so little. And how he was able to follow his dreams," said Hobbs.

Baldridge has a Murphysboro connection. High school principal Tony Wilson has known him since he was a kid.

"Even outside of singing, I've seen him play basketball in high school, or baseball. He does everything to the fullest," explained Wilson.

Which is why Wilson thought it would be a great idea to bring him to talk.

"Anytime you can use where you are for something better than yourself is always good," said Baldridge.

Drew Baldridge is in town playing at Copper Dragon in Carbondale Thursday, December 7th.  Doors open at 7 P.M. and tickets are $10.

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