The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, December 11, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The award winning Quebe Sisters Band will headline the monthly show beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission is $15.00 and tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Band, Lively Computers in Kingsland, KNEL radio or by calling (325) 247-5354.
When The Quebe Sisters (Grace, Sophia and Hulda) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their vintage style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature. The QSB’s unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm.
In 1998 the Quebes heard Texas style fiddling for the first time at a fiddlecontest in Denton, Texas. At ages 7, 10 and 12 they started taking fiddle lessons from Joey and Sherry McKenzie. From the start, all three sisters demonstrated talent, determination and a love for the music. Soon afterwards, the girls began competing in fiddle contests and had success early on; winning regional, State and National championships.
The Quebes’ repertoire has grown to include a wide variety of styles: western swing, jazz and swing standards, western and cowboy songs, vintage country and bluegrass. In addition to their fiddling, it was only natural to add three-part harmony vocals and in January 2005 they debuted their singing at the National Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering in Elko, NV.
They perform a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling. Awarded the 2007 Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and winner of the 2008 Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Quebe Sisters Band is touring behind their latest album, "Timeless." Performance highlights include appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs’ Show on WSM, The Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the National Folk Festival.
"It is truly amazing to see these young ladies take the traditional country music community by storm," Llano Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. "This is the third time that they have worked our opry show. Since their initial beginning in the music business, they have become one of the most sought after groups throughout the country performing to packed houses. It will soon come a time when we will no longer be able to host them at the Llano Country Opry and I am extremely proud of that and of their continued success."
In addition, the QSB has appeared in concert with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart. They have also had the pleasure of playing with billionare/ukulele enthusiast Warren Buffett and had the honor of performing for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
"One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters Band come along everyday," says Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs. "Give them your undivided attention and if you’re not already, you will become a fan."
Other entertainers on the show will include Colby Sheppard, Blake and Kendall Barnes, Justin Trevino, Kimberly Murray, Charley Walton, Shane Lively, Don Ricketson and Bode Barker. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information about the Llano, Mason or Marble Falls Opry shows, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com or phone (325) 597-1895.