Duane Myers, Fort Scott, known to most as “Dew,” may be a little too mature to be the newest young star, but that doesn’t mean he can’t shine.

Duane Myers, Fort Scott, known to most as “Dew,” may be a little too mature to be the newest young star, but that doesn’t mean he can’t shine.

Myers has just released his first CD, titled “Just Me,” recorded at Big Mama Recording Studios in Seymour, Tenn.

“I’m pushing 60 and it would be nice to know if I’m good enough to make it or not,” he said. “If I don’t try, I’ll die with that wondering feeling. I thought I’d end that wondering.”

A CD launch party is planned at 8 p.m. Saturday at J.P.’s Bar and Grill, 116 E. Wall, Fort Scott.

“It’ll be their regular karaoke night, and we’ll have snacks and what-have-you,” Myers said.

Terry Combs, bar manager, said that Myers is a favorite at karaoke nights.

“He’s developed a loyal local fan base,” he said. “We’re all looking forward to the release of Dew’s debut CD.”

The CD is selling for $6, and Myers, who has several animals of his own, will donate $1 of that to Paws and Claws, a no-kill animal shelter located south of Fort Scott.
“It’ll be nice to help a worthwhile cause,” he said.

The CD contains 10 classics, including hits by Alabama, Hank Williams Sr. and Dolly Parton.  Among them are “Ballad of the Green Berets, “Hello Darlin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Nobody Knows” and “I Will Always Love You.”

“I have my own style of singing and do not try to imitate other artists, and choose songs that I can relate to in some way, shape or form,” Myers said. “When I picked out the songs, every song follows my life all the way down the line, beginning with my military service, returning home and the people and places I encountered along the way. My recordings reflect who I am.”

They also reflect his love of the country classics.

“I’d like to see the old, old country sound come back,” Myers said. “Along the way we’ve lost it.”

He believes these old songs represent the down-to-earth American people and the lifestyle and values with which he was raised.

Myers was raised on a farm where his father raised and trained horses, and the family moved into the small town of Linesville, Pa., during his early years in school.

“I started singing in high school and have always loved music,” he said. “I operated my own professional karaoke business for many years and have sung all around the United States. I’ve sung in Pittsburg Idol and Fort Scott Idol.”

He has lived in Fort Scott for more than 10 years and earns his living as  a welder and machinist. He has been sending out his CD to radio stations, hoping for some air play, but not expecting to necessarily strike it rich.

“It’s not like I’m going to drive the world under,” Myers said. “But no matter what happens with this, I won’t quit. I’ll keep going back to Nashville and keep pushing a little harder.”