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The local band "HiWay 91" will celebrate the release of their first CD titled "Riding Away" with an outdoor performance on Saturday at 7 p.m. during the first annual "Stinger's (Bar & Grill) Bike Week and Summer Concert," in Blackfoot.
The band members will dedicate the CD to the late Keith Tarpley of Blackfoot, who helped start the band in 2012. Tarpley, was electrocuted two years in a Groveland canal - an accident that also claimed the lives of his future daughter-in-law Jackie Poulson and his friend Lance Hicks.
The band's manager Jodee Blackburn said, "Bob Blackburn, Keith Tarpley and Stacy Ritchie originally formed the band and started performing at venues throughout Southeast Idaho. After just a few performances, Keith's tragic death brought HiWay 91 to an end just as they were getting started."
While the band broke up following Tarpley's death, the remaining members eventually pulled it back together. The guys decided that their music must go on and they auditioned new lead singers for the yet unnamed band. Devin Bodkin of Blackfoot was ultimately signed on as the band's lead singer and the group decided to revive the name HiWay 91 in honor of Tarpley.
"Devin had been a longtime friend and had been learning and writing music with Bob," said Jodee. "[Devin] is an amazing songwriter and the band has been performing his songs."
Jodee, who describes the band's music as 'alternative country' said the performers kept hearing from the public that "they should make a CD."
So, after many long hours of perfecting their music, the band completed a CD in Boise earlier this spring.
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