The Heart of Texas Records Music Series will continue on Saturday, May 25, with an afternoon concert and an evening dance featuring Landon Dodd and the Dance Hall Drifters with special guest Georgette Jones. The event will be held at the Heart of Texas Events Center at 804 San Angelo Highway in Brady. Admission is $12 per person to each event or a combo ticket of $20 per person to attend both the concert and the dance. Tickets are now on sale by calling (325) 597-1895.
Tamala Georgette Jones was born to the only Hall of Fame husband and wife country artists, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She’s been singing with one or both parents since the age of three. She recorded her first single with her Dad, “Daddy Come Home” when she was ten years old and performed it on an HBO special.
Georgette also worked as a backup singer for her Mom. Georgette recorded a duet with Mark McGuinn that was included on his “One Man’s Crazy” CD and has appeared on TV shows such as Crook and Chase, RFD-TV and The Grand Ole Opry. Georgette is a songwriter and member of SESAC and the CMA.
Georgette has also toured Ireland, where she has developed a very loyal fan base.
A duet entitled “You and me and Time”, which Georgette co-wrote for her Dad, was released as the first single from her Dad’s latest CD, “Burn Your Playhouse Down”.
Georgette has filmed a TV series entitled “Sordid Lives” starring along side Emmy award winner Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace) and many other big stars such as, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard), Margaret Cho and others. Georgette re-recorded three of her Mom’s songs included with five songs from Olivia Newton - John in the soundtrack.
Georgette signed with Heart of Texas Records in 2009 and her debut CD “Slightly Used Woman” has gained a large following throughout the country and beyond. A video followed the release on “You And Me And Time.” Her second project, “Strong Enough To Cry” featuring a duet with Amber Digby was released in 2011.
Georgette has always wanted to record a tribute album to her legendary mother, Tammy Wynette. That new project was just released ironically on the 15th Anniversary of Tammy’s passing. Georgette picked her twelve favorite songs from her mother’s catalog including “Stand By Your Man” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” “You’re Good Girls Gonna Go Bad” “Till I Get It Right” “Apartment Number Nine” along with some of the duets that her parents made famous including “Golden Ring” “My Elusive Dream” “Something To Brag About” and “Take Me.” Her duet partners include Justin Trevino, Billy Yates, Keith Nixon and Tony Booth.
“I am so excited about my new album and the opportunity to perform in front of audiences all over the country,” Georgette recently said. “I am so proud of being on Heart of Texas Records and getting to create some music.”
Landon Dodd was born on August 28th 1974 in Fort Worth, TX. You could say “honky tonkin” was in his blood Dodd’s father bought him his first guitar at seventeen. He immediately fell in love with the instrument and knew that playing and singing were going to be a permanent part of his life. He spent some time at Abilene Christian and Tarrant County College, studying music. From there, he was in and out of bands for the next few years and formed a few of his own.
After taking some time off from the music business, Dodd made a comeback in 2006 and formed his current band The Dancehall Drifters. Since that time, the band has entered and won the 92.1 KTFW’s battle of the bands contest. They performed at Legend’s Fest in Sundance Square with acts like Tommy Alverson, Johnny Bush, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Stone and Earl Thomas Conley. The band has opened for Gene Watson, Johnny Rodriguez and Moe Bandy. Landon Dodd and the Dancehall Drifters were the Academy of Western Artist pure country band of the year.
The Dancehall Drifters has gained a large following for those who love the true shuffles with an emphasis on fiddle and steel guitar. They have played dancehalls all over Texas including, the Finish Line club, Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon in Fort Worth, London Hall in London, TX, the Western Club, Navasota, TX, the Coachman in San Angelo, TX and many more along the way. The group performed during summer of 2011 at The Western Swing Fest in Snyder TX. This past October, Landon was invited to perform during the 2011 Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidosa NM.
Dodd’s first CD “Call of the Wine” produced by Jim Loessberg, debuted on January 13, 2010 on Heart of Texas Records. It features top musicians in Texas along with a duet with Amber Digby. Several of the songs off of “Call of the Wine” has received airplay on Sirius/Xm Satellite Radio along with FM stations in Texas, The Southwest and Europe. Dodd and the band stay busy keeping traditional country music alive in Texas. He had very successful performances in Scotland and Liverpool.