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Nashville Entertainer Bobby G. Rice and Tommy Horton in Marble Falls
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 • Posted January 18, 2012

The Marble Falls Opry will be staged on Saturday, January 28, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $12.00 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Uptown Theater, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (830) 693-9996 or (325) 597-1895.Nashville recording artist Bobby G. Rice and Branson entertainer Tommy Horton will headline the Marble Falls Opry. Between 1970 and 1988, Bobby G. Rice released nine albums and charted thirty songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, “You Lay So Easy On My Mind,” went all the way to number 1 in 1973.From the heartland of America, Bobby G. Rice first burst forth onto the music scene with a 1970 revival of the popular Jimmy Gilmore pop classic “Sugar Shack” and then Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby”.Born into a musical family with its own radio show, Bobby began performing publicly at an early age. Later he decided to test his wings as a solo artist in his native Wisconsin. As a stylist, he proved especially adept in adding country flavor to spicy standards like “Lover Please”, “Mountain of Love” and “Suspicion” Still, it was in introducing his own song “You Lay So Easy On My Mind” in late 1972, that he found a lasting niche in country music. “You Lay so Easy On My Mind” went on to be his first number one national chart record and was later recorded by such artists as Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Pat Boone, Andy Williams, David Houston, Jerry Springer and others. Proving he was no “one-hit wonder”, he scored the next spring with another Top 10 tune “You Give Me You”.With his career in high gear, Rice followed through with more Top 10 singles, among them, “Write Me A Letter” and “Freda Comes Freda Goes”. Country classics he has breathed new life into include, “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”, “My Special Angel” and “Oh Baby Mine”.Bobby G. Rice was the first major artist to record a song written by Teddy Gentry of “Alabama”. The song was “I May Never Be Your Lover (But I‘ll Always Be Your Friend)”. Rice is returning to the recording studio this month to record for Heart of Texas Records.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”. During his part of the program, Tommy will be doing a tribute to Johnny Horton.Other entertainers on the Marble Falls Opry will include Benny Fred Kothmann, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt and Charley Walton. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.

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