Country Music Singer/Songwriter Leona Williams will headline the Marble Falls Opry Show on Saturday, January 30. The two and a half-hour opry show held at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. Tickets are $12.00 per person and are available at the Uptown Theater, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (830) 693-9996. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Williams began her career in her home state of Missouri over KWOS radio. Her radio program "Leona Sings" became a very popular show in Jefferson City, Missouri. After arriving in Nashville in 1966, Williams’ reputation as a singer/songwriter began to pay off. Grand Ole Opry stars Lonzo and Oscar helped to secure a contract with Hickory Records. Williams cut such hits as "Once More" "A Woman’s Man" "Country Girl With Hot Pants On" "Broadminded" and "Yes Mam, He Found Me In A Honkytonk."
Williams began touring throughout the United States and even toured Vietnam for the service men stationed overseas. In 1974, she signed with RCA records and continued to release several hit singles. In 1975, Merle Haggard hired Williams to join his road show and be a featured performer.
Williams and Haggard released an album "Heart to Heart" and had a top selling single with "The Bull and The Beaver." Haggard and Williams married soon after and performed together until their divorce in 1984.
Williams penned several BMI award winning songs in the 1980’s including "You Take Me For Granted" and "Someday When Things Are Good." George Jones, Moe Bandy, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson and Randy Travis recorded other songs she wrote.
Williams signed with Heart of Texas Records and has released four very successful projects including "Honorary Texan" "San Quentin’s First Lady" "I Love You Because" and her latest "New Patches." Williams has received extensive reviews from throughout the world with her latest recordings.
"I am working on my very first Bluegrass album." Williams said from her Missouri home. "We are currently recording it in Branson and I am so excited to have some of my friends join me including Mac Wiseman, The Whites, Barbara Fairchild and Pam Tillis. It is going to be a great project and we are hoping to have it out in March."
Williams has been inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame, received the George D. Hay Award and most recently inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame. She spends her time between homes in Missouri and Nashville and enjoys touring throughout the country.
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Jade Cienega, Rance Norton, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt and Benny Fred Kothmann. KNEL disc jockey Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
"We are very pleased with the continued crowds that have been coming to the Marble Falls Opry," opry bandleader Justin Trevino said. "This month’s show will be very special in featuring one of the greatest female artists and we are expecting a full house for this performance."
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