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Hey There, Lonely Boy

Ryan Humbert pays tribute to Roy Orbison



Four years ago, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum paid tribute to inductee Roy Orbison, they recruited Akron singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert ( for a kickoff party that included Orbison's widow and musicians who worked with the legend. "It was one of the best shows we did," recalls Humbert, a big Orbison fan. "We love those songs and wanted to do the best we could." Since then, fans have asked Humbert to do another show filled with Orbison classics. He's sprinkled songs into his sets from time to time, but this weekend's "Only the Lonely: The Music of Roy Orbison" programs mark the first time he and his band will play entire sets of Orbison. The concerts — which take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Canton's Metropolitan Centre — are fund-raisers for the Stark County theater company Rainbow Repertory. Humbert will employ a string section to help with the 20 Orbison songs — from his earliest days, to cuts he did with the Traveling Wilburys — he plans to play. "We want it to be about his music and his legacy," says Humbert. "You'll hear all the hits and some obscure stuff. It's a show for everybody." Tickets are $45. Go to for more info.

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