The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, January 15. Moe Bandy and the Americana Band with special guest Dottsy will return to the Llano Country Opry with two performances-an afternoon matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15.00 and tickets are on sale at the Llano National Bank, Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, KNEL Radio or by calling (325) 247-5354. Over half of the tickets are already sold for the performances.
Moe Bandy was born in Meridian, MS, the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers. In fact, Bandy’s grandfather worked with Rodgers on the railroad, so it’s no surprise that the singer first fell in love with country music through the Jimmie Rodgers records that were around his house, as well as the Hank Williams albums. Bandy’s family moved to San Antonio, TX, when he was six.
During high school, he was a rodeo rider, but his career came to a halt once he suffered too many injuries. Once he left school, Bandy was a sheet metal worker, singing in country nightclubs at night. He landed a one-record deal with Satin Records in 1964. The label released Bandy’s original song "Lonely Lady," but the record made no impact.
In 1972, Bandy met record producer Ray Baker on a hunting trip and convinced him to listen to some demo tapes he had made. Provided that Moe could pay for the recording sessions, Baker agreed to produce the singer. Excited by his new prospect, Bandy pawned his furniture and financed a session. Once they were released, the records went nowhere. The following year, the singer took out a loan to pay for another recording date. "I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today" was the result of this session, and Baker released the single on Footprint Records, manufacturing only 500 copies. Unlike Bandy’s previous records, the single began to sell. GRC acquired the rights to the record and released it nationally; it eventually became a Top 20 hit.
Bandy followed "I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today" with several singles on GRC, including the Top Ten hits "It Was So Easy to Find an Unhappy Woman" (1974) and "Bandy the Rodeo Clown" (1975), which was written by Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shafer. Bandy signed with Columbia Records in 1975, keeping Baker as a producer. "Hank Williams You Changed My Life," his first single for the label, was an instant number three hit, leading to his Most Promising Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. Bandy’s string of hit singles in 1976 -- including "Here I Am Drunk Again" and "She Took More Than Her Share" — confirmed that he was one of the most popular singers of the latter half of the decade. The following two years were equally successful for the singer, as he had hits with "I’m Sorry for You My Friend," "Cowboys Aren’t Supposed to Cry," "She Just Loved the Cheatin’ Out of Me," "That’s What Makes the Jukebox Play," and "Two Lonely People."
In 1979, he teamed up with Janie Fricke for "It’s a Cheatin’ Situation." The song became a number three hit and won the Song of the Year award from the ACM. Bandy had another successful duet that year with Joe Stampley. The pair released Just Good Ol’ Boys, which became one of the most popular albums of the year, spawning the number one title track and the Top Ten "Holding the Bag." Like his pairing with Fricke, the duet with Stampley was an award-winning combination, as the duo won the Country Music Association’s Duet of the Year and the ACM’s Duo of the Year awards in 1980. Bandy also had a pair of major solo hits with the number one "I Cheated Me Right Out of Her" and the Top Ten "Barstool Mountain."
During 1980, Moe Bandy’s winning streak continued with the Top Ten hits "Yesterday Once More" and "Following the Feeling," a duet with Judy Bailey. Bandy teamed up Stampley again in 1981, which proved as successful as the duo’s first outing. The pair again reached the Top Ten with "Hey Moe Hey Joe" and charted with "Honky Tonk Queen." With "My Woman Loves the Devil Out of Me" and "Rodeo Romeo," Bandy had a pair of solo hits the same year. For the next two years, he regularly charted in the Top 20, both as a solo act and with various duet partners, including Becky Hobbs on the Top Ten 1983 hit "Let’s Get Over Them Together." However, none of his songs caused the sensation of "Where’s the Dress," a parody of Culture Club’s Boy George recorded with Stampley. Although Boy George sued the duo, the song was a major hit, winning an award for Best Country Video from the America Video Awards and the New York Film Festival.
Moe Bandy switched record labels in 1986, signing with MCA/Curb. Not only did he change labels, he changed producers, abandoning his old collaborator, Ray Baker, for Jerry Kennedy. Bandy continued to have Top Ten hits, including "Till I’m Too Old to Die Young" (1987) and "Americana" (1988), which became presidential candidate George Bush’s campaign theme song; Bandy played Bush’s Presidential Inauguration, as well as playing the White House twice in 1989.
Bandy opened the Moe Bandy Americana Theatre in 1991, becoming one of many country performers to establish themselves in Branson, MO. Bandy frequently performs in the 900-seat venue with his Americana Band.
RCA recording artist Dottsy will be a featured entertainer on the Moe Bandy show. Dottsy began singing in public at the age of ten. She began to play the guitar and work often work with bands around Seguin. Dottsy met Happy Shahan in 1972. At that time, he was managing Johnny Rodriguez. Shahan took her to Nashville and began pitching the young singer to various record labels.
"We picked five songs after listening to 500," Dottsy recalls. "RCA record executive Roy Dea put the songs on and turned around and looked at me. He offered me a recording contract that very day."
That association would produce four top ten singles including "Storms Never Last," "After Sweet Memories, Play Born To Loose Again," "I’ll Be Your San Antonio Rose," and "Trying To Satisfy You." Legendary country music artist Waylon Jennings joined Dottsy on the song "Tryin To Satisfy You."
Dottsy signed to Heart of Texas Records last year and has released her first studio album in fifteen years. "Meet Me In Texas" will be available during her performances at the Llano Country Opry.
Other entertainers on the show will include Ben Watson, Bode Barker, Sammy Geistweidt, Shane Lively, Bucille Snotgrass and Don Ricketson among others.
"We are excited to bring Moe Bandy back to the Llano Country Opry" MC Tracy Pitcox said. "Two years ago, he sold out both performances for us and we are expecting another large crowd for these shows."
For more information about the Marble Falls, Llano or Mason Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.