ELLSWORTH — Scott Reeves and Aaron Benward of the country music duo Blue Country first made it up from Nashville to Maine more than 10 years ago.
“We played in Bar Harbor and just fell in love with the area,” said Reeves.
Now, Downeast country music lovers and animal lovers alike will have a chance to see Blue Country perform at The Grand Theater in Ellsworth at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12, for a concert to benefit the Hancock County SPCA.
“We’re stoked to be coming out to do this and support the SPCA,” said Reeves.
The concert was organized by Kim Swan of Swan Hospitality Group, who met the members of Blue Country years ago when they were first starting out in the music business. She invited them to play in Bar Harbor and eventually started Maineville Music Publishing with Benward.
“There are tons of country fans downeast and around Ellsworth,” said Swan. “The more people we can get to come support it, the more acts we can continue to support here.”
Reeves said he’s excited to play at a venue like The Grand.
“That type of venue is our favorite, because it’s so much more intimate. There’s not a bad seat in the house and you can really connect with the fans.”
Reeves and Benward formed Blue Country in 2003. They had both been working as actors, but had music in their backgrounds. Benward had performed with his father as part of the duo Aaron Jeoffrey, and Reeves’ father was a close family friend of country singer Glenn Campbell.
“When me and Aaron were introduced, it was like instant brotherhood,” said Reeves. “When we formed Blue Country we had a record deal in about a week, recorded our first single, and then we were on the road touring.”
Blue Country’s first single “Good Little Girls” peaked at number 11 on the Billboard country charts in 2004, along with songs “That’s Cool” and “Nothin’ But Boots” from the duo’s self-titled album.
After several years of touring and performing, Reeves and Benward returned turned to other projects. Benward created a Las Vegas show called “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song.” Reeves continued acting, appearing in “General Hospital” and “Nashville.” Last year, though, they decided to start performing together again.
“We were on the phone one day and decided we both missed playing together,” said Reeves.
Earlier this year, Blue Country toured Europe, performing in Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K.
“It’s been a lot of fun jumping back on the horse,” said Reeves. “I’m looking forward to me and Aaron just being up on stage, playing our guitars.”
Blue Country will be performing at The Grand Theater in Ellsworth at 7 p.m. on August 12. The event is sponsored by Swan Hospitality Group, L.S. Robinson Co., Bayview Hotel, and Steve & Kay Theede. Tickets are available at The Grand Theater, $25 for standard seating, $50 for VIP seating along with a meet-and-great. All proceeds go to benefit the Hancock County SPCA.