Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours will headline the Llano Country Opry, on Saturday, March 7, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Llano or by calling (325) 247-5354.
If Ernest Tubb is the King of Honky Tonk music, then Lucky Tubb is surely the Prince. Choosing to carry out the legacy of his great-uncle, Lucky’s style is reminiscent to the raw and original country style of the earliest Nashville artists. Before music row forgot their heritage. Lucky Tubbs album “Generations” was recorded in January of 2003, after a devastating Christmas Eve house fire burned away all of his belongings. Through generous donations, he was able to re-establish equipment and love from the music community. He carried on.
Never breaking stride and never retreating, Lucky has moved up the ranks of the Texas music scene. Starting out playing coffee shops for tips with only a snare drummer, to opening for country music cornerstones such as ET’s old pal Ray Price and country superstar Dwight Yoakum.
Lucky wears his life experiences like a well-tailored suit with the sleeves ripped off. In the early days, despite poor management, heavy drinking, and quick temper, he has grown to realize the responsibilities bestowed to him through heritage. Bottom line, Lucky Tubb is the real deal. People will always like good honky-tonk music, and will for generations to come.
“Damn the Luck”, the new CD release by Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours evokes images of smoke-filled honky tonks, fallen angels, gun–toting rounders, hard drinkin’ backsliders and hopelessly scarred romantics. This CD is as honest and real as a hot plate of biscuits and gravy. The melodies, the production and the instrumentation on these eleven songs could have easily fit in on an old Wurlitzer juke box, in any Texas beer joint, honky tank, or roadhouse, during the early to mid 50’s, when Ernest (Tubb) had us waltzing across Texas.
Lucky Tubb has taken it upon himself to preserve his family’s musical heritage and does so with reverence and pride. The songs here shine like sequins on a vintage Nudie suit, with Lucky staking vocal claim to the sound created by his elders. This is really a Tubb “family” album. Lucky’s uncle, Douglas Tubb wrote three of the eleven songs on the album, and another relative, Ronnie Wade, gets the star treatment with a song from 1957. Lucky himself penned six songs on the CD and they sound as genuine and heartfelt as those written over 50 years ago.
The Modern Day Troubadours play with Freshness and urgency. Moaning steel guitar, lonesome mandolin, and sad sweeping fiddle lines (maybe even a burning hot lick or two from an old fender Telecaster) and are all seamlessly woven into the production. Lucky and the band wrap around the lyrics and melodies like calloused hands on an ice cold longneck. No clutter, no overplaying, no excess and no grandstanding can be heard. The sound here is a black and white photograph that you can still see with your eyes closed. The tunes are timeless and sound familiar, yet new, coming off as fresh and flavorful as southern fried chicken.
“I am really looking forward to working at the Llano Country Opry and the Heart of Texas Country Music Association for the first time,” Lucky said from his Austin, Texas, home. “I know my cousin, Justin Tubb, was very involved with the association and that the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum has done a lot to preserve the heritage of both Justin and Ernest Tubb.”
Other entertainer on the show will include Justin Trevino, Lonnie Atkinson, Tony Pickens, Don Ricketson and Shane Lively among others. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
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