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Heart of Country Music Association's 23rd Celebration
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 • Posted February 1, 2012

The Heart of Texas Country Music Association will celebrate its 23th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, and Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st in Brady. The festivities will include a Welcome Party and Dance on the Friday nights at the Heart of Texas Events Center, an afternoon Matinee Concert at 1:00 PM on the Saturdays followed by a Dance on Saturday night at the Brady Civic Center. Tickets will go on sale at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum at 1701 South Bridge in Brady on February 1, at 9:00 AM or can be charged by calling (325) 597-1895. 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 $50.00.The entertainment this year will be full of Traditional Country Music legends including Junior Brown, Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Bobby Flores, Billy Mata, Norma Jean, Mona McCall, George Hamilton IV, Dottsy, Justin Trevino, Tony Booth, Curtis Potter, Frankie Miller, Bobby Lewis, Kimberly Murray, Rance Norton and Landon Dodd. Junior Brown first learned to play the piano from his father, and was exposed to country through radio and TV, becoming a fan of Ernest Tubb’s music and television program. Brown became an instructor at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music, an affiliate of Rogers State College in Oklahoma. There, while teaching under the auspices of steel guitar legend Leon McAuliffe, he developed the “guit-steel,” a double-necked guitar combining the standard instrument with the steel.. He made his long-awaited album debut in 1993 with 12 Shades of Brown, which featured a tribute to his biggest influence, “My Baby Don’t Dance to Nothing but Ernest Tubb.” It also showcased his often-stunning instrumental work, and blended Western swing, honky tonk, and electrified Bakersfield country. Johnny Bush began his musical career in Houston. He was part of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys. 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.” His latest album on Heart of Texas Records is titled “Who’ll Buy My Memories?”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 has been a consistent recording artist with his latest “Keeping With Tradition” receiving outstanding reviews. 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. Bobby Lewis is our latest artist on Heart of Texas Records. Recording for United Artists throughout the 1960’s, Lewis garnered chart records with “How Long Has It Been?” “From Heaven To Heartache” and “Hello Mary Lou.”Kimberly Murray has just released her second project “Another Day Of Lonely” and is a regular opry performer. Tony Booth and Bob Manning 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 23, will feature Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band with Darrell McCall, Curtis Potter and Tony Booth. The event on Friday, March 30, will feature Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition with Darrell McCall, Curtis Potter and Tony Booth. 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. Junior Brown will appear on the March 24 events and Johnny Bush will be included on the March 31 events. Admission to the concert is $20.00 per person. The concert will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.The Saturday Night Dance will begin at 8:00 PM on March 24 and then 7:00 PM on March 31. Admission is $20.00 and it is BYOB. The Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree will be broadcast live from 12:00 AM until 2:00 AM on Sunday morning, April 1. The Heart of Texas Country Music 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.

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