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Tommy Horton to Headline Llano Country Opry
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 • Posted December 7, 2011

The Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, December 10, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.Branson entertainer Tommy Horton will highlight the second half of the Llano Country Opry. During his show, Tommy will also do a special “Tribute To Johnny Horton” as part of his program. The Llano Country Opry will also feature some Christmas music as a part of the program.Johnny Horton was one of Country Music’s greatest stars with hits like “North To Alaska” “Sink The Bismark” “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Honky Tonk Man.” He was a member of the Louisiana Hayride and was killed in an automobile accident on November 5, 1960, after performing in Austin. Ironically, the young college student that hit Horton was from Brady.Tommy Horton was a regular on the Louisiana Hayride out of Shreveport, Louisiana, from late 1975 until mid 1977. Tommy was part of the Tony Douglas Show, played bass and was a front man for the Norma Jean and Claude Gray road show, and a performer on the Big “D” Jamboree in Dallas. Tommy has even been featured on The Nashville Network and the RFD Television Network. Tommy wrote and recorded a song called “The Surveyors of Texas” for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. This song, along with the fact that Tommy worked as a land surveyor for many years, has given him the title “The Singing Surveyor”. Tommy has won many awards during his career including the prestigious Male Entertainer of the Year by the Metroplex Country Music Association (MCMA) in Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas. He holds a degree in Commercial Music received from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. In 1997 Tommy released an album “Tommy Horton Sings The Electrified Donkey” and is receiving national airplay from this release. Between shows, Tommy enjoys fishing, amateur leather working and his involvement with the Masonic Lodge. He is also a long time member in good standing with the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the Country Music Association.In April, 2000, Horton moved his show to the legendary BoxCar Willie Theater on the world famous 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri. Jimmy Lancaster, Entertainment Editor for The Branson Daily News, wrote a rave review about their show describing it as “excellent”, “great”, “fantastic” and ended the review by saying, “ ...for some good traditional classic country, bluegrass, gospel and a touch of the late Johnny Horton, The Horton show is the one to see”.“It is great to have Tommy Horton back at the Llano Country Opry,” steel guitarist Don Ricketson said. “Tommy is a great musician and a great singer. His style will definitely please all of the opry fans this month.” Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Justin Trevino, Kay Tolson, Randy Harrison, Rance Norton, Don Ricketson, Bucille Snotgrass, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt, Bode Barker and Charley Walton. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show. Country Music Hall of Famer Little Jimmy Dickens and Johnny Bush will headline the January 14, Llano Country Opry show. For more information about the Llano, Marble Falls and Mason Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.

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