The Mason Country Opry will be held on Thursday, February 26, at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets will be available at the door.
Chuck Jennings, from the Tony Douglas and Boxcar Willie Shows will be the featured entertainer.
Jennings honed his interest in music by listening to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night after working all week in the family saw mill. His uncle bought him a five-dollar guitar and his brother showed him a few chords. The first song he learned to play was “You Are My Sunshine” on one string.
While in the Army in Ft. Smith, Arkansas Jennings met Doug Kershaw. They played the service club on base and many of the local the clubs in and around the Fort Smith area. Jennings went to the Big D Jamboree in 1958 and landed a regular position with the house band.
In the 1960s, Jennings met a rising young country star Tony Douglas. Jennings and Douglas became great friends and that friendship led to Douglas recording many of songs that Jennings had written. One song “His and Hers” became a national hit for Douglas and several other recording artist in the pop field as well as country.
In the 1970s, Jennings played Grand Ole Opry package shows with many of the big name stars. Jennings began working with Box Car Willie in 1982 and continued for the next fourteen years until his death in 1999. During that time Jennings traveled extensively throughout the United States, 21 foreign countries, and appeared with Box Car regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.
Jennings is a multi-award winning singer and guitar player. Although Jennings is semi-retired, he is still singing, playing & writing country and some gospel music. He also performs for Senior citizens, as his way of returning some of the blessings the Lord has given him. He still performs with stars of the Grand Ole Opry throughout the Southwestern United States.
Jennings will also make a special presentation to the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum during his performance.
“I love the Texas Hill Country,” Jennings said from his North Texas home. “I have always enjoyed working that area and we are really looking forward to coming to the Mason Country Opry and entertaining the folks. It should be a great show.”
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Frank Torres, Tommy Kent, Kelsey Behrens, Sammy Geistweidt, Benny Fred Kothmann and Shane Lively. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information about the Mason or Llano Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com