The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, December 13, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Buddy Alan Owens will headline the monthly show in December. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Alan, born Alvis Alan Owens, is the son of country legends Buck and Bonnie Owens. While growing up in Bakersfield, California, he listened to country and rock & roll and formed his first rock band, the Chosen Few, at the age of 14.
He switched to country music by his late teens and in 1965 moved to Arizona with his mother and her new husband Merle Haggard. That year he also sang for the first time at one of his father’s concerts.
Buddy Alan’s first single, a duet with Buck called “Let the World Keep on a Turnin’,” was released by Capitol in 1968 and made it to the Top Ten. That same year, he also recorded his first solo single, “When I Turn Twenty One,” written by stepfather Merle Haggard.
By 1969, Alan had spent a summer touring with the Buck Owens Show and was working at a country music nightclub. That year he released two more singles and also recorded his first album, “Wild, Free and Twenty One.” He then joined his father’s All American Show and continued touring the country. His popularity grew, and he starred in his own shows and made regular appearances as a soloist and musician on Hee Haw for the next seven years.
Alan again made it to the charts in 1970 with the single “Santo Domingo.” In late 1970, he and Buckaroo lead guitarist Don Rich recorded the popular “Cowboy Convention,” and Alan was named Most Promising Male Artist by the Academy of Country Music. From 1971-1975, Alan continued to release successful singles.
Alan was signed to Capitol Records for eight years, but left the music business in 1978 to attend college in Arizona. He then went back to radio as Buddy Alan Owens and became the music director at two local stations in Tempe, Arizona. He was voted Billboard’s Music Director of the Year four years running during the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Since his father’s death, Alan has continued to perform across the country and especially at his father’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. He usually does two weekends a month at the historic show place, club and restaurant that his father created. The venue also includes an extensive Buck Owens Museum that highlights his father’s legendary career.
In August, Alan accepted the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame award for his dad in Carthage, Texas. He performed many of his dad’s songs for the sold out crowd and was joined by his long time friend Tony Booth on stage. Booth and Alan performed all over the country together when they were both starting out in the music business.
“I am looking forward to working the Llano Country Opry show,” Alan said. “Last year, I made an appearance in Brady and really enjoyed all the great people that came out to see us. It will be great to be back in Texas and perform for the Llano Country Opry crowd.”
Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Jade Cienega, Canadian Gordon Hildred, Cheyenne Maples, Frank Torres, Ben Watson, Lonnie Atkinson, Don Ricketson, Shane Lively and Tony Pickens. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information about the Mason or Llano Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.