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Salestrom adds gratitude to holidays

SUMMIT COUNTY – Every day, our eyes take in the beauty of the mountains, but Sunday, Jim Salestrom gives listeners an acoustic dose of gratitude.The two-hour concert will feature holiday classics and songs from Salestrom’s new album “Jim Salestrom, A Colorado Christmas.”John Denver heavily influenced Salestrom’s music. He sang and recorded with Denver along with Pete Huttlinger and Denny Brooks, who also performed in Denver’s band.”I love singing his songs and trying to remember his vision,” Salestrom said. “His memories are really kind of sacred to me. They’re like prayers.”

Salestrom maintains the style of Denver – and his love for the mountains – in a concert with Jeremiah Horner on keyboard and Richard Lamb on bass at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.He infuses his songs with tender, honest, optimistic lyrics.”I try to write thought-provoking songs that will get people to take a look at their lives, songs to make you laugh or cry, tunes with family values about the way I was raised, music with emotional depth,” Salestrom said. “If I can connect with listeners, take them away on a journey for a few minutes and make them think, I feel the song and my performance are a success.”His polished voice has led him to perform worldwide with Dolly Parton for 11 years and such artists as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. He has released 20 solo albums and has played for presidents Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.Salestrom lived in Summit County for 20 years and still has a home here. These days, he lives full-time on the Front Range.”My heart has always been in Summit County, from the first time I played there in 1974,” he said. “Jim Salestrom is the perfect conclusion of the Silverthorne Pavilion’s Holiday lineup,” said Becky Hodgell of the Silverthorne Pavilion. “His John Denver style and popularity with the families makes this concert one not to be missed.”Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and younger. Though the Silverthorne Recreation Center is closed today, callers can leave their name, number and how many tickets they want to purchase. Pavilion staff will call people Sunday morning to confirm the sale. For tickets, call (970) 262-7396.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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