The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, June 7, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $12 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Dion Pride the son of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride, will headline the monthly show. Dion has inherited his father’s talents.
Dion enjoyed a childhood acting career when Benji writer/director Joe Camp cast him as the male lead in the 1979 kids’ film The Double McGuffin, opposite future Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel. Orson Welles did the opening narration, while Oscar winners Ernest Borgnine and George Kennedy played the slow-witted adults.
Acting was fun for Dion, but music has always been his first love and what he excels in the best. Dion connects with crowds of all types and works feverishly to win the same approval ratings and strong reputation his father has enjoyed for years. Adoring Charley fans have quickly jumped on board with Dion and show no signs of wavering as they help him to also become a mainstay entertainer.
Dion pride is also a songwriter and multi talented Instrumentalist. One of his songs titled “I Miss My Home” was recorded by his father and released on Charley Pride’s “Choices” album in 2011. This song is often performed by both Dion & Charley Pride together, while on tour.
Dion played lead guitar for his father, and entertained our troops on USO tours in Panama, Honduras, Guantanamo Bay and the island of Antigua. He has sung and performed for audiences around the world in countries like England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and all the continental United States, entertaining crowds of 10,000 or more.
Dion has released three albums including one entitled “14 Karat Mind” which displays his deep and honest respect for traditional country music. With that project, he paid homage to some of his musical heroes, recording songs like Gene Watson’s “Fourteen Carat Mind,” John Conlee’s “Rose-Colored Glasses,” Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Steve Wariner’s “Leave Him Out Of This.” But, there is also a contemporary side to Dion - his latest album, “We All Gotta Live Here” reveals his versatility with the title song having a traditional flavor while the latest single, “Might As Well Be Me” has a more contemporary feel. When talking about the project, Dion comments, “I’m proud of the album because ‘We All Gotta Live Here’ was cut in a traditional style and I like doing both. I don’t want to forget our roots.”
Discussing his mix of traditional and contemporary styles, Dion explains, “I call myself a hybrid. It’s a good description of me because I’m young and youthful and I like the contemporary stuff today but I am heavily influenced by Dad’s era.” Growing up in Dallas, Texas as the son of Country Music Hall of Famer, Charley Pride gave Dion that first glimpse into the world of country music. His musical abilities appeared at an early age when he learned to play guitar, piano, drums and bass and by fourteen, he was performing. Early on, Dion sang only his father’s songs, but as he grew so did his own style. While touring with his father’s show, Dion began to incorporate some of his own material all the while thinking, “How can I let my Dad’s audience know I mean no disrespect to my father and his music, but at the same time, I want you to see more of what my style is.” The audiences were so responsive that Dion decided to strike out on his own and has not looked back.
When asked, “What was the most important thing you learned from your father,” Dion sums it up in one word, “Humbleness.” And Dion has taken that lesson to heart - he has a genuine enthusiasm and excitement for country music that is rarely seen today, and although his success continues to grow he remains humble and grateful - always giving his fans the performance of a lifetime. With his impressive talent, honest heart and dedication, Dion Pride, is leaving his own mark on country music - traditional and contemporary.
Charley Pride made this statement in his interview with The Boot in 2011 “He’s been opening for me,” says Charley. “He opened for me in Canada and in Ireland and he gets a standing ovation.”
Other entertainers on the show will include Jim Cooley, Gene Brown, Kaye Tolson, Bode Barker, Charlie Walton, Shane Lively and Bucille Snotgrass. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.