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United Wireless Arena, managed by VenuWorks, is thrilled to announce country star CLAY WALKER is returning to Dodge City, KS on Friday, July 5th. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the music will begin at 7:00 PM. The opening act will be announced at a later date.

Many of the country fans behind the almost 20 million on-demand and video streams for his latest single "Need A Bar Sometimes" – who may also be among his 750,000 TikTok followers – may be unaware of Walker's history. Discovered in a Beaumont area bar by noted producer and head of Giant Records James Stroud (Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers), Walker was in his early twenties when he started rattling off a string of smash hits. With his first two singles reaching number one upon their release, Clay Walker immediately established himself as a commercial success. Unlike most of his new country contemporaries of the mid-’90s, he was able to sustain that success over a couple of years, racking up no less than five number-one singles in the first three years of his career. “What’s It to You” became a number-one hit upon its release in August of 1993, with “Live Until I Die” following it into the pole position later that same year. “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” became his third number-one hit in the summer of 1994, helping make his debut record a platinum album. Hypnotize the Moon, Walker’s third album, appeared in the fall of 1995, preceded by the number two single “Who Needs You Baby.” His self-titled debut album rocketed to platinum status, the first of four to cross the million-sold mark. In a storied career dotted with smash singles, platinum albums, and countless honors and acclaim, maybe the connection between country's timeless themes and music-of-the-moment timeliness has been there all along.

Racking up more than 30 charted singles and 11 No. 1s, Walker has had his share of fame but is very humble about it. "Throughout my career, there have been key people who helped me put albums together, find or write good songs, and get them out to fans," he says.

Teamwork is at the core of Walker's battle against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Diagnosed in 1996, he has become a passionate advocate and fundraiser for others with the disease through his Clay Walker Foundation. Among his efforts include the annual Houston, Texas Band Against MS Gala and the annual Clay Walker Charity Classic at Pebble Beach. The golf event highlights the highly active way Walker has approached MS, continuing to perform and raise a growing family while showing no signs of slowing.

"It's very gratifying to be at a point in my life where I can offer something in its fullness," he continues. "I've never quite had that before. I was pegged as a neo-traditionalist early on, but I don't think I fit that mold. For a lot of reasons – maybe the pendulum of music is in the perfect spot – but today's music and my style have hit center on my newest album."

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