The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, August 9, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, KNEL radio or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Texas County Line Television will be taping the Llano Country Opry show this month to televise on their syndicated television program and on the RFD Network.
Heather Myles will headline the monthly show. Combining the Bakersfield honky tonk tradition with a very here-and-now intelligence and sass, Heather Myles has developed a reputation as one of the finest traditional-style country singers to emerge in the 1990s and her songwriting is just as strong as her voice.
Myles was born and raised in Riverside, CA, where her parents, Jim and Vera Myles, raised her on a ranch. Myles grew up with an enthusiasm for horses, as well as the traditional California country sounds her parents loved. When she was a child, Myles picked up a ukulele belonging to her father and tried to learn how to play it; in time, she graduated to a guitar and in the 1980s, she began performing live with a group called the Lonesome Myle Band.
Myles in time developed a strong reputation among the West Coast roots music community and in 1992, she released her first album, “Just Like Old Times,” recorded under her own name for the blues and country-oriented Hightone label. Her second album, “Untamed,” was released in 1995 and a live album, “Sweet Little Dangerous: Live at the Bottom Line,” followed from the British Demon label in 1996.
Myles moved to Rounder Records in 1998 and her first album for the label, “Highways and Honky Tonks,” featured a guest appearance by one of her musical heroes, Merle Haggard, on the tune “No One Is Gonna Love You Better.” Dwight Yoakam, another Bakersfield boy, stopped by to sing a tune on Myles’ fifth album, 2002’s “Sweet Talk & Good Lies.” A collection of Myles’s material for Hightone (which featured a previously unreleased song), “Rum and Rodeo,” appeared in 2005.
Building a dedicated following of fans in the US and Europe, Heather seens to have succeeded in spite of disdain from Nashville and the major record labels. Myles’ song “You Will Love Me One Day” was also featured in the film Transamerica.
XM Radio began programming Myles on both their Willie’s Place channel and on America. She quickly became one of the most requested artists on the nationwide music channel.
Willie Nelson has taken an interrest in her musical career. Not only contributing his vocals to her soon to be released album, Nelson has also put her on his concert appearances as well as the ever popular Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnics. Myles also recently helped to open up the Carl’s Corner entertainment center near Hillsboro for Nelson.
“I was staying in Brady for several days,” Myles recently said while on tour in Canada. “I absolutely fell in love with Brady and even found a charming house on 11th Street. I decided it was time that I owned property in Texas. I called Bill and Wanda Burns and bought it! I still have a home in California, but I am so happy to be a part time Texan. I expect to be spending more and more time in Brady, Texas.”
Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Justin Trevino, Frank Torres, Three Apart, Lonnie Atkinson, Don Ricketson, Tony Pickens and Shane Lively. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
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