Popular country and western singer Jody Nix and his band The Texas Cowboys will be the featured performers at the “Western Swing Night” at the Llano Country Opry on Saturday, July 12. The performance will be at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas.
Advance tickets are now on sale at the Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank or by calling (325) 247-5354. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $12.00 per person with a limited number of 400 tickets available.
Nix comes by his mixture of traditional western swing and true country music quite naturally. The West Texas Cowboys was a band started by his father, Hoyle Nix, during the 1940s and 1950s when Nix and Bob Wills developed the legendary Texas swing. Today Jody’s high energy stage shows and easy dance music provide just the sound Llano Country fans have come to expect.
Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys offer the perfect music for a tribute to Bob Wills. Wills was born in Kosse, Texas on March 6, 1905. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968. He recorded for Columbia, Kapp and United Artists. 2005 is the 100th birth year of the Country Music Hall of Famer who became a house hold name with songs like “San Antonio Rose” “Rolly Polly” “Faded Love” “Maiden’s Prayer” and “Bubbles In Me Beer.”
In 1973, Merle Haggard and Wills began planning a Texas Playboy reunion album, featuring Leon McAuliffe, Al Stricklan, Eldon Shamblin and Smokey Dacus among others. The first session was held on December 3, 1973, with Wills leading the band from his wheelchair. That night he suffered a massive stroke in his sleep. The Texas Playboys finished the album with guests including Jody Nix. Wills never regained consciousness. He died May 15, 1975, in a nursing facility. He was buried in Tulsa, where his career began.
“Of course Bob was one of my biggest influences,” Nix said. “He became a huge legend in the music industry. I have always felt honored that I got to work and know him as well as I did.”
Jody Nix began playing drums for his dad’s band at the age of eight. After the death of his father, Jody moved from drums to fiddle and his natural talents helped form the Texas Cowboys’ music style that has dazzled audiences across the country. Hoyle Nix wrote one of the most popular anthems in Western Swing music-“Big Balls In Cowtown.” The songs would sell millions of copies and become a standard at virtually every dance hall for the next six decades.
“He wrote his own version that was different enough to copyright and recorded it for Talent Records in Dallas in 1949.” Jody said. “He did it again for a regional label, Caprock Records, in 1959, which I think is the better version. George Strait recorded it in 1993 and sold three million records.”
Members of the Texas Cowboys band include Dixie Hankins on drums, Nix on bass, Johnny Cox on steel guitar and Robert Weeks on fiddle. Jody has recorded seven albums and was a County Music Association nominee for “Album of the Year” in 1994.
“We are very excited to present Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys for the second time at the Llano Country Opry,” MC Tracy Pitcox said. “Jody and his band present some of the finest Western Swing and Traditional Country Music available today.”
Other entertainers on the show include Ben Watson, Rance Norton, Kelly Weierhausen, Nina Price, Lonnie Atkinson, Shane Lively, Tony Pickens and Don Ricketson. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information on the Llano or Mason Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.