Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke Headlines Llano Country Opry This Saturday
Country Music Entertainer Fiddlin Frenchie Burke will headline the Llano Country Opry on Saturday, March 12. The show will begin at 7:30 pm at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. Admission is $12.00 per person and tickets are already on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingland or KNEL in Brady. Tickets can be reserved by calling (325) 247-5354.
Burke is filling in for Freddy Weller who was originally scheduled to headline the March Llano show. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Weller will not be appearing in Llano this week. He plans to make up the date in the future.
Frenchie Burke was born in the small Louisiana town of Kaplan, not for from Lafayette. His grandfather taught him to play the fiddle and he began to play with small bands throughout Louisiana. He began to work the road and attract attention of some well know entertainers.
Frenchie began working for Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens and Johnny Bush touring throughout the United States and Canada. It was while working with Johnny Bush that Frenchie cut his first record, "Warm With Love In Here."
In 1974, he received extensive airplay with is lively version of the old Cajun waltz "Big Mamou." It quickly became the number one requested song on several Texas radio stations including KIKK in Houston, KKYX in San Antonio and WBAP in Ft. Worth. 20th Century Records then released it to the nation and it became a number one record across the nation. Other chart hits followed including "The Fiddlin of Jacques Pierre Bordeaux," "Frenchie’s Cotton Eyed Joe" and "Let’s Get Drunk and Be Somebody."
The highlight of the Frenchie Burke Show is his famous "Orange Blossom Special." The show ends with Burke going out into the audience and "fiddling" around with various members of the audience. It has become a fan favorite all over the country. The show is a high energy presentation with vocal and instrumentals that have become standards in the Country Music industry.
Frenchie was voted the Cashbox Instrumentalist of the Year in 1981 and along with his band were given the Best New Duo of 1975 while his album "Fiddlin Frenchie Burke" was ranked the number four album in 1975. He has a brand new album just released on Startex Records called "Dance Album."
"I am so looking forward to this Llano Opry Show," Frenchie said. "The Opry shows are wonderful because you get to sit down and listen to country music without all the distractions in a modern dance hall."
"Frenchie Burke has worked our opry shows for several years," Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. "He has become one of our most popular entertainers because of the work he puts into his show. He gives 110% to his fans. He appreciates them and they return the favor each and every show. Frenchie is a ‘Cajun Class Act’."
Other entertainers on the show will include Michelle Wilson, Ben Watson, Bode Barker, Shane Lively, Don Ricketson, Sammy Geistweidt and Charley Walton. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information about the Mason and Llano Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com or call (325) 597-1895.