The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, October 6, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale by calling (325) 247-5354 or available at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank or Lively Computers in Kingsland.
Country Music entertainer Stephen Pride will headline the concert. Stephen was born in Marks, Mississippi, as the youngest brother of Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride.
Like most of his family, Stephen was musically inclined and grew up singing in the choir at church and school. During his college years Stephen started playing with a band on weekends. He soon would be performing at state fairs in the Mississippi & Louisiana area thus starting his career in the Country Music field. His performances would soon take him to numerous states and he soon became known as a dedicated performer with a loyal following. Stephen moved to Dallas in 1980. In 1982 he married the love of his life, Pam, and started his family. Being a dedicated family man, he soon found himself working for steady employment while still pursuing his music career. Texas soon became his home and he began performing in the area part-time while dedicating himself to his family.
He would soon be performing at well-known venues in Texas like the Crystal Chandlier and Tommy Allsup’s Saloon in Dallas, Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, Gilley’s in Houston, The Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas as an opening act for Roger Miller, Desert Rose Band, Louise Mandrell, Charlie Daniels and Willie Nelson, and as a featured artist at the Johnny High’s Country Music Revue in Arlington, Wylie Opry, Mesquite Opry, Grapevine Opry, just to name a few. Other appearance performances include The Jimmie Rogers Festival in Meridian, Mississippi, Roy Orbison Festival in Wink, Texas, and Charley Pride Theater in Branson, Missouri.In 1994, Stephen had an unexpected performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. During the middle of Charley’s performance, Stephen was asked by his brother to come on stage and perform. Stephen had only come to enjoy the show. However, after his performance of Travis Tritt’s “Help Me Hold On”, he was given a standing ovation from the crowd and had an excellent write up in the paper the following day. The combination of Stephen’s vocal range and the haunting “Pride” timbre makes for a soulful treat that’s hard to beat.
In the course of his career, Stephen has made a lot of friends in the music business, who have encouraged and given support to him in his musical journey. Stephen has released his first album release, “Pride on the Wild Side” featuring ten new songs in the traditional country music flavor. The fans worldwide will now have the opportunity to see and hear what others have seen and heard in the past that there may just be another Country Music Star on the horizon in the Pride family.
“I am real proud of Stephen’s new album,” Charley Pride recently said backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. “He has some great songs on the album and is a great entertainer as well.”
Stephen will do a musical tribute to his brother during this performance.
“I am looking forward to honoring my brother with some of his biggest songs and performing some of my other favorites and songs from my album as well,” Stephen said. “It will be great to get back to the Hill Country.”
Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry show will include Kaye Tolson, Ike Mercer, Ben Watson, Don Ricketson, Kevin Burney, Bode Barker, Bucille Snotgrass, Sammy Geistweidt and Charlie Walton. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information on the Llano Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.