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Rance Norton and Kimberly Murray Headline Mason Opry
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Posted July 23, 2008

The Mason Country Opry will be staged on Thursday, July 24, at the Odeon Theater in Mason. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8.00 per person. Tickets will be available at the door.

Heart of Texas Recording Artists Rance Norton and Kimberly Murray will headline the monthly show. Both artists have new CD projects out currently on the market.

“We started booking Rance and Kimberly on our Llano and Mason Country Opry shows,” Heart of Texas Records president Tracy Pitcox said. “Justin Trevino and I gained a great respect for not only for their vocal ability but their choice in material.”

Norton chose material for “True Country” that he has been performing for the last few years at concerts and various other venues throughout Texas.

He recorded the Faron Young classic “Wine Me Up” followed by the Hillman Hill composition “Pass Me By.” Norton has long been a fan of Gene Watson and decided to include both “Got No Reason Now for Going Home” and “Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)” from the Watson catalog. Ray Price is honored with the recording of three of his standards in “Heart Over Mind” “One More Time” and “Pride.”

Texas Country Music Legend Johnny Bush added his vocals with Norton to the Jim Ed Brown hit “Pop A Top” while producer Justin Trevino recorded “Big Blue Diamonds” with Norton.

“True Country” features some of the finest musicians in the Texas music scene including Jake Hooker on upright bass, Ron Huckabee on piano, Jim Loessberg on drums, Ron Knuth on fiddle, Rick Price on steel guitar and Justin Trevino on lead and rhythm guitar.

Kimberly Murray was born in Dublin Texas and was raised in the neighboring community of De Leon by her parents Shilo & Liz Garmon. (her father Shilo served as Sheriff of Comanche County for 17 years) Kimberly came by her vocal abilities at a very young age. Her first performance ever was at the age of four in front of her church congregation singing “I Saw The Light.” Her mother Liz, encouraged Kimberly & taught her the true art of singing gospel hymns and the traditional country songs she still sings.

In her teen years Murray entered a few local beauty pageants and was named Miss De Leon her Senior year in high school. It was during this time that she began writing poetry & this would soon develop into song writing. After high school, Kimberly began studying for her law enforcement career. She has followed through with that career in honor of her father & is currently serving as a sergeant with a Central Texas Sheriff’s Department.

In the last two years Murray has started studying the guitar and fiddle. She says that the desire to learn the fiddle was just too much to fight. “The traditional country sound is an amazing art form that I am obsessed with.” This passion is evident in everything she does.

Her first project “Once Upon A Time In A Honkytonk” was released in May. She has enjoyed some great reviews for the album that also features a couple of duets with Jake Hooker and Justin Trevino along with great classics from artists like Connie Smith and several composition written by Murray.

Other entertainers on the Mason Country Opry will include Three Apart, Arnold Parker, Justin Trevino, Shane Lively, Benny Fred Kothmann, Kelsey Behrens and Sammy Geistweidt. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.

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