The Heart of Texas Country Music Association will celebrate its 22th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th, and Friday and Saturday, March 25th and 26th at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady.
The festivities will include a Welcome Party and Dance on the Friday nights, an afternoon Matinee Concert at 2:00 PM on the Saturdays followed by a Dance on Saturday night beginning at 8:00 PM.
Tickets can be charged by calling (325) 597-3491. Advance tickets are strongly suggested due to the limited space at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. Only 2,400 tickets will be sold for the festivities. A discounted combination ticket for all three shows is only $45.00.
The entertainment this year will be full of Traditional Country Music legends including Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Amber Digby, Georgette Jones, Mona McCall, George Hamilton IV, Dottsy, Justin Trevino, Tony Booth, Curtis Potter, Frankie Miller, Kimberly Murray, Rance Norton and Landon Dodd.
Johnny Rodriguez was born in Sabinal, Texas. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was one of country music’s most successful male artists, recording a string of hit songs, such as "You Always Come Back (To Hurtin’ Me)," "Desperado," "Down on the Rio Grande," and "Foolin’." He has recorded six No. 1 country hits in his career including "Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico" "Pass Me By" and "That’s The Way Love Goes."
Johnny Bush began his musical career in Houston. Befriending Willie Nelson, Bush began his recording career with an album financed by Nelson "Sound of A Heartache." He followed it with many hits including "Whiskey River" "Green Snakes On The Ceiling" "What A Way To Live" and "There Stands The Glass." Bush is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and was recently recognized with BMI’s "Millionair Award."
Georgette Jones is the only daughter of Country Music Hall of Famers George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She recorded her debut album "Slightly Used Woman" for Heart of Texas Records last year. The project has gained international recognition and allowed Jones to tour various countries including England, Ireland, Norway and throughout the United States.
Darrell McCall is a legendary Texas dance hall entertainer with many hits to his credit including "Dreams of A Dreamer" "It’s The Water" "There’s Still A Lot of Love In San Antone" and his duet with Willie Nelson on "Lily Dale." Darrell’s wife Mona will also join him on stage. Mona released her first album "Memories Love A Melody" three years ago.
George Hamilton IV is a forty year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry. His song "Abilene" has become a Country Music standard and sold over one million copies. Hamilton followed that with "Break My Mind" "Fort Worth, Dallas or Houston" "West Texas Highway" and "A Rose And A Baby Ruth." He is known as the International Ambassador of Country Music. His latest album "From The Heart of Texas" will be released in March.
Tony Booth gained fame by working for Buck Owens as a front man and bass player. He branched out on his own with major hits including "Cinderella" "Keys In The Mailbox" "Close Up The Honkytonks" and "Lonesome 7-7203." His latest project is titled "The Other Side of Love." Frankie Miller won a Grammy Award for his own composition "Blackland Farmer" and followed it up with hits "Family Man" and "A Little South of Memphis." He is a member of the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame.
Curtis Potter traveled all over the world beginning in 1959 as a member of Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys. He has enjoyed some great success with songs including "Texas Proud" "You Comb Her Hair Every Morning" and his latest project "The Potter’s Touch" allowed him to make his debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Justin Trevino has led both the Mason and Llano Country Opry Bands for ten years while producing six very successful solo albums and touring with Darrell McCall and Johnny Bush. He has recently taped an appearance on Larry’s Country Diner on RFD TV as well as being featured on Country Family Reunion.
Amber Digby is enjoying the success of her latest released album "Keeping Up Appearances" a duet album with Justin Trevino. The project joins "Another Way To Live" "Passion, Pride" "Here Come The Teardrops" "Music From The Honkytonks" as yet another fan favorite. She most recently made two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and has a composition on Vince Gill’s upcoming album. Her "Amber Digby Live At Swiss Alp Dance Hall" album and DVD will be released during the Anniversary Celebration.
Dottsy had numerous hit records on RCA including "I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose" "After Sweet Memories Play Born To Loose Again" and "Storms Never Last". She recently signed with Heart of Texas Records and her debut album "Meet Me In Texas" is already doing very well.
Kimberly Murray has just released her first project "Once Upon A Time In A Honky Tonk" and is a regular opry performer. Jake Hooker and Justin Trevino join her on the project. Rance Norton, a college sophomore, is another popular opry performer with his first release "True Country" now available including duets with Johnny Bush and Justin Trevino. Landon Dodd is currently recording his second CD after his debut "Call of the Wine" garnered much attention. His first project included a duet with Amber Digby.
The Welcome Party and Dance on Friday night, March 18 and March 25, will feature Curtis Potter, Justin Trevino, Amber Digby, Landon Dodd and Rance Norton. Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys Reunion will be added on March 18. The dances will be from 8:00 PM until Midnight and admission is $15.00 per person and BYOB.
The Saturday Matinee Concerts will feature Tony Booth, Curtis Potter, Amber Digby, Kimberly Murray, Georgette Jones, Frankie Miller, Darrell & Mona McCall, Rance Norton, George Hamilton IV, Landon Dodd and Justin Trevino. Johnny Bush will appear on the March 19 events and Johnny Rodriguez will be included on the March 26 events. Admission to the concert is $15.00 per person. The concert will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
The Saturday Night Dance will be from 8:00 PM until Midnight. Admission is $20.00 and it is BYOB. Due to space restraints, there will not be a meal served this year.
The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum will host a ribbon cutting on the new edition on March 19 at 11:00 AM. The museum will have special hours during the 22th Anniversary Celebration. The museum will be open Thursday from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, Friday from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Several special guests will be at the museum during some of these times. The museum is located at 1701 South Bridge in Brady.
For more information, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com or call (325) 597-1895.