The Heart of Texas New Years Eve Celebration will be held at the Heart of Texas Events Center in Brady, on Tuesday, December 31. The dance will be staged from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread will be served at Midngiht.
Country Music Legend Darrell McCall will headline the New Years Eve Dance. Advance tickets are now on sale by calling (325) 597-1895 or stopping by the Heart of Texas Records office at 1701 South Bridge Street in Brady.
McCall grew up listening to the music and guitar picking of Merle Travis. He started his own Saturday morning country deejay show on WSRW radio in Hillsboro, Ohio, at the age of fifteen. McCall began playing dances as a musician and joined the United States Army Reserves after high school.
McCall and Johnny Paycheck moved to Nashville in 1958 and formed the “Young Brothers.” McCall began to work as a harmony singer with such artists as George Jones, Faron Young, Freddie Hart, Carl Smith and Ray Price. He joined Price as a member of his Cherokee Cowboys and later joined the bands of both Faron Young and Hank Williams Jr.
McCall got his first hit with the song “A Stranger Was Here” and followed it with appearances in the movies “Nashville Rebel” “Road To Nashville” and “What Am I Bid?” in 1965 and 1966. In 1968, McCall signed with Wayside Records and recorded his debut album “Meet Darrell McCall.”
In 1972, he penned the number one hit “Eleven Roses” for Hank Williams Jr. The seventies brought several top hits for McCall including “There’s Still A Lot of Love In San Antone” “Pins and Needles (In My Heart)” “Down The Road To Daddy’s Dreams” “Dreams of A Dreamer” and “It’s The Water.”
McCall and Willie Nelson recorded the Top 40 single “Lily Dale.” It was the very first duet recording for Nelson and resulted in a very successful album by the same title.
Bear Family Records from Germany recently put together a box set of McCall’s recordings including all of his songs and even some rare demos and radio commercials. The comprehensive collection “The Real McCall” takes a very serious look at this dynamic entertainer.
McCall still performs all over the Country with his wife Mona and makes frequent appearances on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. They moved back to Texas and are now residents of the small community of Fredonia while also owning a house in Brady.
McCall signed with Heart of Texas Records and his first project was released in 2004. “Old Memories and Wine” was produced by Justin Trevino and features both old standards and new songs. Mona McCall also contributes two songs to the project. Darrell’s son Cody is a featured harmony singer on the album and his daughter Guyanne wrote the title track on the album.
Heart of Texas Records released “The Essential Darrell McCall” in 2007 featuring some of his most requested songs including “Helpless” “Down The Road Of Daddy’s Dreams” and “It’s The Water.” In 2008, Heart of Texas Records released the landmark album “Lily Dale” which features Willie Nelson on two compositions along with several of McCall’s dance hall favorites.
His latest studio project “All She Did Was Fall In Love/A Way To Survive” contains twenty songs that McCall recorded in the 1980’s. They have been remastered and placed on one CD. His studio album “Keeping With Tradition” was released October 2010.
In 2010 McCall went back into the Heart of Texas Recording Studio with two of his friends, Curtis Potter and Tony Booth aka The Survivors and released the self-titled CD The Survivors. The success of this CD prompted the three to go into the studio once again. Resulting in The Survivors II being released in 2012. His latest record is “Country From The Heart.”
“We love the Central Texas and Hill Country area and all the people there,” McCall said. “As a matter of fact, we loved it so much that we moved here! We are looking forward to hitting the stage and entertaining some of our favorite people in the whole world.”