The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Rex Allen Jr. will be making his debut appearance on the Llano Country Opry.
Allen was born on August 23, 1947. He started singing at the age of six following in the footsteps of his father, Rex Allen, a singing cowboy and the narrator of many Walt Disney films. Rex Allen, Jr. followed his father’s footsteps as a film narrator when he lent his voice as narrator of the Jim Carrey movie, Me, Myself, and Irene.
Allen was born in Chicago, Illinois. Singing in the “countrypolitan” style, he had hits with “Goodbye” (1974), “I’m Gettin Good At Missing You (Solitaire)” (1977), “Lonely Street” (1977), “Two Less Lonely People” (1977), “Lonely Street” (1978), “With Love” (1978), “If I Fell in Love With You” (1979), “It’s Over” (1980), “Drink it Down, Lady” (1980), “Cup of Tea” (1980, a duet with Margo Smith) and others. He is also the composer and performer of the alternate state anthem of Arizona, entitled “Arizona”.
Rex Jr. was a regular on The Statler Brothers Show on The Nashville Network in the 1990s, and he hosted the spin-off series, Yesteryear. “We knew that REX could sing anything we could throw at him. He is the best singer in the business” said Harold and Don Reed of the Statler’s. When the show premiered in the fall of 1992, it quickly became TNN’s highest rated show. After three successful years on “The Statler Brothers Show”, TNN asked Rex to consider “spinning off” the most popular segment “Yesteryear” into it’s own series. “Yesteryear” debuted on September 30, 1994 and within four weeks became the number 2 rated show with an average viewing audience of over 28 million people in 58 million households nationally.
June 1, 2011 also began a new syndicated radio show for Allen’s career. “Up all Nights On The Range with REX ALLEN JR.” began running in Wichita, KS, Fresno, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Inez, CA and several stations in Texas. It is a six-hour daily show that plays everything from classic Western, to classic country as well as those songs that most radio stations never play. “We play Don Edwards and R. W. Hampton along with Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel, as well as Rex Allen Sr. and Roy Rogers…..now you can’t hear that music anywhere but at “Overnights”. I’m having a ball!”
You can also listen to the show on the internet at www.rangeradio.com.In late 2009 REX released his 25th album “SONGS I WROTE”.
“That wasn’t the original title. I told my wife Deanna that the album should be called ’All the songs REX ALLEN JR. wrote, recorded, put on an album should have released a single and DIDN’T’!! We settled on ‘Songs I Wrote’.”
The newest CD contains a wonderful collection of songs by REX ALLEN JR. including ‘Where Are The Hero’s’, which should become another REX classic.2006 brought two new albums to REX’S impressive list of musical credits. “MY FAVORITE YESTERYEARS” released in August of 2006, and “THE NEW WEST” in the fall of the same year.
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Kaye Tolson, Charley Walton, Bode Barker, Sammy Geistweidt, Shane Lively, Don Ricketson and Bucille Snotgrass. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.