The Llano Country Opry will be held at the Lantex Theater in Llano, on Saturday, March 9. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $15 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Multi Award Winning instrumentalist Buck Trent will headline the monthly traditional country music show.
Born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Trent started performing on WORD Radio at the age of 10. He traveled to California and Texas, finally arriving in Nashville in 1959 where he joined the Bill Carlisle Show and first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Trent was a member of Porter Wagoner’s “Wagon Masters” from 1962 to 1973, and also appeared on the Roy Clark Show and Hee Haw. Trent not only played live with the show, but also on Wagoner’s recordings as well as Pretty Miss Norm Jean helping to create their signature sound. He also played lead guitar on Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene.” In 2012, Trent was featured on two songs on Marty Stuart’s album, “Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down.”
Over his long history, Trent has received many awards and nominations. He was twice named the Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year (1975, 1976) and he was twice the No. 1 Instrumentalist of the Year for the Music City Awards. Included in his nominations are the 1976 No. 1 Instrumentalist of the Year for Record World, 1972 through 1981 No. 1 Instrumentalist for the Music City News Awards and in 1979-1981 Instrumental Group of the Year (with Wendy Holcomb in the Bluegrass category) for the Music City News Awards.
Trent invented the electric banjo and also plays the five-string banjo, dobro, steel guitar, mandolin, electric bass and guitar.
In addition to “The Porter Wagoner Show” and “Hee Haw”, other television credits for Trent include “The Marty Stuart Show”, “Country’s Family Reunion” on RFD-TV, “Mike Douglas Show”, “The Tonight Show”, “Nashville On The Road”, “Tommy Hunter Show”, “Dinah!”, “Command Performance”, “Music City Tonight”, and “Nashville Now”.
Trent’s performing career also includes many touring shows, in particular he toured the U.S.S.R. with Roy Clark in 1976. This was the first country music act to tour Soviet Russia. In the early 80’s while on tour with the “Porter Wagoner Show”, Trent came to Branson, Missouri, and performed at the Baldknobber’s Jamboree Theatre. Several years later he opened for Mickey Gilley at the Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and then in 1990, he became the first national act to open a live music show in Branson performed in the morning.
Trent’s current morning show in Branson, Missouri, is called “Buck Trent Country Music Show” and is performed at RFD-TV The Theatre.
Kenny Parrott will be joining Trent. Known as the “Voice of Branson”, Parrot was born in Burlington, Iowa, and has been playing guitar and singing since the age of 12. He has made many appearances with Grand Ole Opry entertainers and had toured the United States and Canada. He has worked in Branson for over a decade with his own show and as part of the Buck Trent show.
“Buck Trent is one of the finest entertainers that I have ever seen,” Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. “It has been several years since he has worked with us and we are all excited that he agreed to return. Branson keeps him so busy, but he is really looking forward to the show in Llano.”
Other entertainers on the show will include Kaye Tolson, Justin Trevino, Charlie Walton, Sammy Geistweidt, Don Ricketson, Bucille Snotgrass and Shane Lively.