Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Texas A&M-Commerce Collegiate FFA & Ag Department Toy Drive & Concert

Free Admission With 2 New Unwrapped Toys | $40 Admission + 1 New Unwrapped Toy Includes A Single Two Course Meal

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Featuring Brandon Callies, Jonathan Jeter, Cole Risner & Matt Dunn

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Brandon Callies

Brandon Callies Band was formed in Greenville, Texas in 2007 by the band's singer/songwriter, Brandon Callies. The band recorded their first EP "Unique Normalities" and began playing shows in the Dallas area. After a few years of performing in Dallas, Brandon relocated the band to Austin, Texas where they recorded their debut full length album "The Gunner" in 2011. The album was met with good reviews which led to more regional and high profile shows. In 2013, the band was signed to Hand Drawn Records, and they released a new EP entitled "Life Is Still Good."

The EP is a reflection of finding beauty in the pain and inspiration in what seems to be hopeless situations. In early 2015, the band recorded a live album entitled "Be Quiet! We're Recording," which really showcases the band's ability to perform. At the end of 2015, Brandon Callies Band released their full length studio album entitled "There's A Killer Down In Texas." After months of support on their new album, the band changed it's moniker to Brandon Callies & the American Revival.

Jonathan Jeter

The lights of the big city may not seem as bold to those that have grown callous to the meaning and promises they hold to those like Jonathan Jeter. Born and raised with the big city lights visible on the horizon, Jeter knew those lights held opportunities. To most the opportunities would be the chance to grab a piece of the pie, but not Jeter.

Jeter knew there were people there that had came from the same place he was raised. Beyond the suburbs where the barbed wire fences once held all of the opportunities a man needed. At the same time he knew that those that had made it to those cities had stories and experiences that were similar to his. And those that were from the city had the same trials as everyone else, the common man. That’s Jonathan Jeter.

Jeter’s understanding that we all have our loves and losses, ups and downs, and every day pressures doesn’t set him apart from a lot of artist, but his delivery does. His lyrics are often stark brush strokes on a canvas of bridled electricity. Jeter’s first single “Come On” is almost an invitation for us to join him on this musical journey as he repeats the words come on like he is pulling you into the experience. Ray Wylie Hubbard says, “The album is dangerous. It’s got leather and swagger. This is how music is supposed to be.” Jeter’s parents owned a venue that was stage to many greats including Leon Russell and Michael Martin Murphy and the next generation with the likes of Chris Knight and Jack Ingram. These artists gave Jeter a well rounded idea as to what music from the heart and soul was about.

Cole Risner

Cole Risner has been writing songs since he was 13 years old and hasn’t been able to stop. In Cole’s short time on the Texas Country scene he has already left his mark. Sharing the stage with Reckless Kelly, Hayes Carll, Radney Foster, The Damn Quails, and Chris Knight just to name a few.

"When you listen to the flow of Cole's lyrics, you can detect a little Lyle. Throw in a touch of Robert Earl Keen's wit, and you'll get a feel for where Risner's songwriting is rooted--right here in Texas!"

-Gus Gustafson; Crossroads Music Company

Matt Dunn

For a relatively young man, Matt Dunn has lived enough life for three people, which serves as a big portion of his credential as performer and songwriter. When your step-father is career military, you tend to move about every three years and Matt saw residence in several states including Virginia, Michigan, California, and Hawaii, which means young Matt had grown up on both coasts and beyond. Music came naturally and he found himself touring nationally with a Christian Rock band, and after a time he settled in Texas, where fate brought him into the acquaintance of Jack Ingram. Matt went to work for Ingram in a tech/personal assistant capacity and was exposed to a whole new realm of story-teller style songwriting. It wasn’t long before Matt’s penchant for writing and singing his own brand of Texas music shone brightly enough that Ingram encouraged him to pursue his own career as an artist…and pursue it he did.

Matt Dunn has a well-earned reputation as one of the hardest working artist in the region, usually doing multiple shows a week, booking other acts for a notable venue, and constantly writing. He is an everyday “one-of-us” kind of guy, further evidenced by the fact that he, himself, joined the Army and did a tour of duty in Iraq a few years ago. His songs are about struggle, love, reflection, lessons learned from bruises and cuts of bad decisions and the glories of doing the right thing, of fathers, friends, and family, good times and bad, but always with a desperation to see hope in all. Matt Dunn gets his mail in Texas, but for a man who’d seen this country coast to coast and places abroad by the time he was in his twenties, the road is that place he most recognizes as home. The new CD is called Black Lines. And it should be in your play list. Real songs, a real voice, real life, no pretentiousness, and honest as hell. Catch a Matt Dunn show - you’ll see what I mean.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Nov
25
7:00 PM19:00

John Conlee

$210

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

John Conlee is a lot like the songs of which he sings. He lives a domestic life with his wife Gale and three children, Rebecca, Jessica and Johnny. During the past two decades, John Conlee has achieved a level of success that he has sustained by simply being himself and by making records that the listening public can relate to. He is a gifted entertainer, but he’s not into the glitz and hype of the entertainment world. He’d rather spend his “off the road” time working on his 32 acre farm outside of Nashville or engaging in his woodworking and gunsmithing hobbies.

Born and raised in Kentucky farm country, John Conlee grew up plowing fields, slopping hogs, harvesting grain, raising tobacco and tending cattle. He began his crusade to save the family farm system several years ago, performing a concert in Omaha, Nebraska in June 1985 as a benefit for the National Farmers Organization. When Willie Nelson announced his plans for the Farm Aid concerts, John called and offered his services. John Conlee has since been part of 9 Farm Aid concerts, which have raised 13 million dollars to aid the family farmer.

“I certainly didn’t help to organize the entertainers and the concerts for the publicity,” allows Conlee, “I wanted to help bring attention to the crisis affecting this nation’s family farms. With the help of Willie and others, we brought the family problems to the forefront and some changes began to take place.

“I’m not a radical or a rebel,” Conlee continues, “but I will stand up and speak my mind on issues that I feel affect me, my family and others, and the farm crisis was, and remains, one of those issues.”

John Conlee’s success began in the late 70’s. Signed to ABC Records after working in radio for a number of years, Conlee was ready to make records rather than just sit back and spin them.

His first release, “Back Side Of Thirty” went no where fast. Three more singles also met with a minimum success, although they all charted. But in March of 1978, the label released “Rose Colored Glasses,” a song Conlee wrote, which became a huge hit as well as his signature song. In January of 1979, the label re-released “Back Side Of Thirty” which went on to become a No. 1 record, and the hits continued to roll. The John Conlee hit list includes songs such as “Lady Lay Down,” “Before My Time,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” “Busted,” “I Don’t Remember Loving You,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only In It For The Love,” “In My Eyes,” “As Long As I’m Rocking With You,” “Years After You,” “Domestic Life,” “Mama’s Rockin’ Chair,” “Hit The Ground Runnin’” and “Fellow Travelers.” All of Conlee’s hits have that unmistakable common thread – that unique voice.

Unlike many artists today, there are several aspects of John Conlee’s career that have remained constant. His career has been managed from the beginning by Dave Roberts and all his records have been produced by Bud Logan. In the entertainment world where artists change managers, agents and producers almost as often as they change their socks, John Conlee has not tampered with success. He has remained loyal and constant with the people who have helped him from the beginning – which tells you quite a bit about the man with the rose colored glasses.

Overall, there have been 29 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better. Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts.

His record tenure, beginning at ABC Records, brought him to MCA Records when the two labels merged. John also recorded for Columbia Records where he scored four hit singles before signing with Nashville’s 16th Avenue Records, a division of the Opryland Music Group. This was something of a homecoming for Conlee, who has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Eddie Money

$350

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. Although he dreamed of being a musician, after high school, Eddie decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.

In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, Eddie’s fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of Graham’s events. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.”

After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. Having opened the summer concert season at the famous DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit for nearly 20 years, Money draws fans from all over who are eager to see the legendary musician. Ask any concert attendee and they’ll tell you he retains his signature style and performs with the same passion today as he did more than 30 years ago.

In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has featured on hit television shows like “The King of Queens,” where he performed for his good friend Kevin James, and “The Drew Carey Show,” where he played Mimi’s ex-husband.

In recent years, Eddie has been joined on tour by his daughter, Jesse Money. Jesse, who was on MTV’s “Rock The Cradle,” is a talented and charismatic vocalist who has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps. While on tour with Eddie, Jesse sings back-up vocals and adds an exciting twist to the duet “Take Me Home Tonight.” Eddie and his wife Laurie also have four sons – Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian.

As the years have passed, Money’s blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and have recently been included in hit video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

William Lee Martin aka "Cowboy Bill"

Price: TBD

A Clean Adult Comedy Show

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Standing at a stark, 6’3”, comedian William Lee Martin pours his heart out on the stage each night with engaging original material of family, the frailty of life, and love, with a sense of genuine charm and wit.  With a gut busting, tremendously rapid laughs-per-minute story telling style that rivals even the most recognized household names in comedy, it is easy to see how he is one of the strongest acts on stage in America and across the ocean.

At first glance, many draw their own conclusions about Martin. But after seeing him, many get it wrong. You won’t hear talks about the rodeo. There are no references to bucking bulls, trailer parks, riding and roping. But the moment he steps into the spotlight in his signature Restistol Cowboy hat, starched jeans and heavily pressed button-down collared-shirt, you will discover what millions of fans have and that is that this big Texas man with a toothy grin is unlike any comedian performing today.

Starting comedy in 1996, he went from opening mic to club headliner in two years. With no props, guitar or gimmicks, he then went from there to touring with some of the biggest names in country music including George Strait, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Loretta Lynn and the late, great, George Jones. In 2002, he signed with the management team of the now famed, Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has also toured overseas, entertaining our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A prolific writer and meticulous performer with the precision of a fine painter, Martin draws you in with his Texas twang but then you realize he’s more refined than what you’ve come to expect with someone like him with an accent and a hat. Given the nickname by his grandfather at birth who shared the same name, for years Martin went by “Cowboy Bill” on stage.  Deciding to open up his universal appeal and not limit his reach, Martin made the change in 2016 and reverted back to his given name.

Martin is a maverick. He self produced, sold, and promoted his first television special, Let the Laughter Roll on CMT that had over 1 million viewers.  He also has a huge social media following of his video blog, the CosManPolitan Report where he smartly takes an article from Cosmopolitan Magazine and does a man’s man interpretation of it.

Martin is also a loving husband and father of 5 with kids ranging from 31 to 12. Martin also gives back to the community with his non-profit, 501c3, Cowboys Who Care Foundation which delivers cowboy and cowgirl hats to kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Martin and his team of “cowboys” have delivered over 7,000 hats coast-to-coast.

Last year, last year he created the Kings of Cowtown Tour with internet sensation Chad Prather. These days you can find Martin touring at sea with Carnival Cruise Lines’ Punchliner where his ranked one of the tops in the world or on land on the Tex-Mex Comedy Tour with legendary performer and friend for 20 years, Mr. Alex Reymundo.

Without a doubt, William Lee Martin is reaching an audience that many performers cannot.  Folks of all colors, backgrounds, and accents simply have fallen in love with this 5th Generation Texan.  Now it’s your turn to discover him for yourself.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Purple Hulls

$99

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically, Music City, where they began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree.

The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.

Songs Include: Get In The Boat, Mind Of Its Own and I Just Wanted You To Know

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas With The Nelsons – Starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson

$280

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS tells the story of three family Christmases in the lives of America’s Favorite Family- The Nelsons.

This heart-warming multi-media live concert experience stars the third generation of #1 Nelson Family hitmakers, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, multi-platinum recording artists Matthew and Gunnar have been thrilling sellout audiences world-wide for the past decade with their high-integrity Ricky Nelson Remembered show… and they’ve got a new gift for you to open.

NOT merely a rock concert with a few holiday songs thrown in… CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS delivers Christmas Classics the Nelson Family way. Interweaving quick humor, soaring sibling vocals, and state of the art big screen video, Matthew and Gunnar’s completely new show will take you on a sleigh ride through time.

From the HOLLY JOLLY 50’s when their father Ricky was a little boy intent on duct-taping antlers on the family cat…

…to the 70’s when SANTA CLAUS CAME TO TOWN delivering Schwinns for the Twins in the era before bike helmets (THAT explains a lot) …

…to ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE today with the newest generation of Nelson Family kids who prove that yes… we DID in fact turn out to be just like our parents after all…

This is the Christmas show ALL ages of girls and boys have been waiting for.All new set of Classic Christmas songs… And Matthew and Gunnar Nelson at their very best…The entire Nelson Family invites you to celebrate… CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS!

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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Magic Moments Ft. Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt

$160

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt have been around the world and back again several times each as the lead singers of three of the most legendary vocal groups of all time: the Temptations, Platters and Drifters. The three Washington, DC natives have a back-story right out of a Hollywood movie; Leonard, Coleman & Blunt grew up singing together in church and on street corners throughout the 1960s.  Joe Coleman remembers meeting Joe Blunt at church for the first time as members of the Junior Choir, which was directed by his mom Rev. Effie Coleman and Joe's Blunt’s mom Rev. Nan Brown.  "We were seven or eight years old.  My mom told me to get ready for choir rehearsal to which I said, 'Mom, I'm not in the choir.'  Mom replied, 'Oh, I didn't tell you... you're in the choir!'  Absolutely, my favorite story.”

Then, in 1967, Joe Blunt and Glenn Leonard, fresh out of D.C.’s McKinley Tech High School joined forces in a vocal group called the Chancellors.  That same year, the group signed with Capacity Records, and recorded their first single, “Sad Avenue,” which was distributed nationally by Scepter/Wand Records in New York, home to Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers and many more hitmakers of the day. The record was produced and arranged by the late Freddie Perrin (the group’s keyboardist at the time) who went on to become the prolific Grammy Award winning producer of such artists as The Jackson Five, The Miracles, Gloria Gaynor, Peaches & Herb, and others.  Unfortunately, the Chancellors did not meet with that kind of success.  “Sad Avenue” was followed by a second single, “Girls Do Wonderful Things For Boys,” but as fate would have it, neither was a huge commercial success, and the group eventually broke up.

Undeterred, Leonard and Blunt continued to follow their dreams of making it big in music, forming another group call The Instant Groove, which eventually evolved into “The” True Reflection, pairing the duo with Blunt’s old Junior Choir chum Joe Coleman and their mutual friend Bobby Cox.

The streetwise quartet of singers blended D.C. harmonies and the red-hot early seventies Philly Soul sound that had launched Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, The Stylistics, The Delfonics and others. Soon, True Reflection was signed to the legendary Atlantic Records with high hopes for major musical success.  The group recorded an outstanding debut album with the help of some of Philadelphia’s hottest songwriters, producers and musicians.  True Reflection’s first and only release received excellent reviews and featured one regional hit entitled "It Really Hurts," which was beautifully led by Glenn Leonard in his sweet tenor voice.  A national single release called “Where I’m Coming From” received some scattered radio play in 1973, but unfortunately, the project didn’t see much success commercially.  “As much as we all wanted it, it just wasn’t meant to be at that time,” said Leonard.  The three vocalists soon bid Washington, DC farewell and went their separate ways.

It was only then that each of their musical careers took off to the upper limits of stardom.  Glenn Leonard was first, receiving the call to join Motown’s legendary Temptations where he went on to record ten hit albums, tour the world, and sing lead on many of the group’s 1970s era R&B hits.  It’s Glenn’s sweet tenor you hear on The Temptations best-selling version of the Christmas classic “Silent Night,” which is still played every year during the holidays.  Riding high, Glenn relocated to Hollywood, married Darcel, the lead dancer on TV's hit dance show “Solid Gold,” partied and performed with other Motown stars including The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, and Rick James, and participated in the huge worldwide Temptations “Reunion” tour with all the original band members.  Tiring of the travel, group squabbles and searching for a deeper meaning in his life, Leonard finally left the group in 1983 to recommit himself to the church, becoming a successful full-time minister in the Houston area before eventually returning home to Washington, DC.  Leonard was recently inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame.

Joe Coleman worked steadily as a much sought-after studio vocalist, songwriter, playwright, and theatrical director before joining the legendary Platters for a two-decade stint as the group’s lead singer.  Joe also had a successful international solo career, releasing several singles in Belgium, Holland, Italy and Canada on Ariola, Panarecord and Bump Records, respectively.  Joe headlined at Las Vegas Sahara Hotel and Casino with The Platters for several years before finally coming back to the East Coast, where he now splits his time between homes in New York City and Washington, DC.

Joe Blunt joined the legendary Drifters, performing and recording with the group with his trademark smooth vocal stylings for over a decade in venues all over the world.  During that time, the group experienced a huge resurgence of popularity in the United Kingdom, and Blunt rode that wave, performing dozens of shows alongside Drifters legends Ben E. King and Johnny Moore.  Joe recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sony Records for his work on “The Very Best of The Drifters.”  Blunt was the only one of the three to maintain his Washington, DC home base when not touring.

Once the three childhood pals were all back together in the Nation’s Capital, the old friends soon hit upon the idea of performing together as one unit, singing in unison all the biggest hits from each of their individual careers with The Temptations, Platters and Drifters.  The idea was electric and sure to please scores of fans; collectively, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt’s groups have sold over 100 million records with dozens of number one hits everyone in the audience can sing along to.  Leonard, Coleman & Blunt concert attendees are now treated to incredible showmanship, classic dance moves and some of the biggest hits of all time, including “My Girl," “The Way You Do The Things You Do," “Get Ready,” “The Great Pretender,” “Only You,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “On Broadway,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” and many, many more.  Together, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt bring their rich blend of classic hits and a true friendship spanning over fifty years to the stage for delighted audiences lucky enough to catch a performance by the trio of seasoned vocal performers.  “It’s a real blessing to be able to bring these great songs to audiences after all these years, and do it with my very best lifelong friends… a real blessing,” says Joe Blunt.  A real blessing, indeed.

Leonard, Coleman & Blunt are managed by Burke Allen and Allen Artists Management, a division of Allen Media Strategies of Washington, DC.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Ballet by Dance Prodigy

$25

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Join us for a story as old as time...Beauty and the Beast will be performed by the ballet students from Dance Prodigy Studios.  Featuring pre-professional students Callie Golden, Makennah Ward and Emma Winters as Beauty.  All profits from this event will be donated to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH).

Doors Open: 5:30 PM

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Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Ballet by Dance Prodigy

$25

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Join us for a story as old as time...Beauty and the Beast will be performed by the ballet students from Dance Prodigy Studios.  Featuring pre-professional students Callie Golden, Makennah Ward and Emma Winters as Beauty.  All profits from this event will be donated to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH).

Doors Open: 5:30 PM

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Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Ballet by Dance Prodigy

$25

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Join us for a story as old as time...Beauty and the Beast will be performed by the ballet students from Dance Prodigy Studios.  Featuring pre-professional students Callie Golden, Makennah Ward and Emma Winters as Beauty.  All profits from this event will be donated to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH).

Doors Open: 5:30 PM

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Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Winter Ballet by Dance Prodigy

$25

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Join us for a story as old as time...Beauty and the Beast will be performed by the ballet students from Dance Prodigy Studios.  Featuring pre-professional students Callie Golden, Makennah Ward and Emma Winters as Beauty.  All profits from this event will be donated to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH).

Doors Open: 11:30 AM

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Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Charlie Robison Full Band

$110

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On first impression, Charlie Robison’s new album suggests a reassuring element of business-as-usual for the bad boy of Bandera. Hell, the title alone just about spells it out: High Life, he calls this one, which had to have been a Vegas favorite coming after such previous Robison albums as Life of the Party (1995), Step Right Up (2001), Good Times (2004) and Beautiful Day (2009). Although not all of the man’s songs are necessarily celebratory in nature, he’s always served them up with a carpe diem shot of devil-may-care vim and vigor. And it’s not just the title here that sounds par for his course: In classic, freewheeling Robison fashion, the songs veer wildly all over the Lone Star music map, from rockin’ roadhouse swagger and jaunty Tex-Mex to epic border ballads and gut-wrenching closing-time confessionals.

All of the above makes High Life the epitome of a classic Charlie Robison record, satisfaction guaranteed. But it’s also unlike any other album he’s ever made, marking the first occasion on which the unrepentantly outspoken Texas songwriter has devoted an entire record to songs he loves but didn’t write. Coming off of the emotional roller coaster of Beautiful Day, the optimistically titled but bittersweet song cycle addressing the end of his marriage to fellow artist Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks (and Courtyard Hounds), Charlie figured he was due for a little redemptive release.

“That last record took so much out of me writing it, because I was actually going through the divorce in real time as I was making it, so I really wanted to get far away from that and just do the complete opposite this time around,” says Robison. “Right now, I’m at this point in my life and career where I just want to have fun. My ex-wife and I are best friends, my kids are in a great place, and I’m having the time of my life — so I really just wanted to make a record that captures that feeling and good attitude and adds to that fun.”

Although High Life opens with the aptly titled “Brand New Me,” written by Charlie’s brother Bruce Robison, and also features a pair of songs by his sister, Robyn Ludwick, and one by his friend, Bobby Bare Jr., the album’s get-yer-ya-ya’s-out tone is largely defined by the handful of songs harkening back to Robison’s formative wonder years of the late ’60s and early to mid-70s. “I grew up in Bandera outside of San Antonio, and my grandparents lived in Austin, so Doug Sahm was just like, everywhere,” he recalls fondly of the Texas Tornado, leader the Sir Douglas Quintet, and all-around jack-of-all-Texas musical trades. “My uncle was like a hippie around that time, and I remember cruising around Austin with him listening to Doug Sahm records and it was just so wild, the sounds he was getting. All that Sir Doug stuff just hit me really hard.”

Robison readily calls Sahm (with whom he became friends later in life) one of if not the biggest influence of his career, marveling at the way that the late musical maverick effortlessly jumped from rock ’n’ roll to blues to country to straight-up conjunto, sometimes even drawing on all the different genres at the same time. “That’s always been my template in making my own records,” he says. “Doug was the guy who showed me there were no boundaries — you could be all over the place and just play anything, as long as you do it well.” On High Life, Robison does right by his hero with a rousing spin through one of the most definitive cowboy-hippie-mariachi gems in the Sir Douglas Quintet canon, “Nuevo Laredo,” featuring the classic Sahm line, “the long-hairs were a novelty to the people on the scene.”

“That’s one of my favorite lines in any song in the world,” Robison enthuses. “I was always like, ‘Man, I want to sing that so bad!’ It’s so fricking great, I go crazy just thinking about getting to play that song onstage.”

In fact, that was the impetus behind the entire album, which Robison produced himself with his road band and a handful of special guests (including Joel Guzman, Rich Brotherton, Jay Johnson and George Reiff) at Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording Studio. “The whole idea was to reconnect with why I started playing music in the first place, going all the way back to being in high school with my first band,” explains Robison, who spent his 20s playing in a handful of rock and honky-tonk bands on the Austin-area scene before stepping out as a singer-songwriter with his 1995 debut, the Lloyd Maines-produced Bandera. “I just wanted to make a record where every single song was going to go straight into the live set. I’ve always wanted to play all these songs onstage, but never had a chance to over all these years. And I also just wanted people to realize, number one, that this is where I came from — it was listening to guys like Doug Sahm and The Band that made me want to do this, long before Robert Earl Keen or Lyle Lovett or any of that stuff.”

The Band may not have been from Texas, but their pioneering Americana hybrid of roots, rock, country and soul captured the same “no boundaries” spirit of the era as Sahm at his best — which is why Robison and his band fearlessly tackle two of their songs on High Life: Robbie Robertson’s “Lookout Cleveland” and the Bob Dylan-penned “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” “‘Lookout Cleveland’ has always been one of my favorites, with the way it changes tempos and times and all the different instruments on there, plus the lyrics that just make you go, ‘Wow, where in the hell did they get the idea for this song?’” says Robison. “Bruce and I talked for years about doing an album together, and that was always at the top of our list of songs we were going to do. But that never came to fruition so I just decided to do it myself. And ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ is just such an amazing song, obviously; from the very first lines, you can really see everything taking place as you’re listening to it. And I always loved that country/Phil Spector kind of thing, with like six different kinds of keyboards and all that other dynamic stuff going on.

“We really messed with the arrangement on that one for a long time,” he continues, then laughs. “Probably half of the record is made up of first or second takers, but The Band songs — it’s pretty much impossible to do one takes on that stuff unless you are The Band. But taking their template and then trying to tweak it a little in our own way was such a blast.”

Along with the Sahm and Band tunes, High Life also features a pair of vintage Americana story songs that sound as true to Robison’s voice as some of his own best-loved songs, like Life of the Party’s “My Hometown” and Good Times’ “New Year’s Day” and “El Cerrito Place.” Kinky Friedman’s “Wild Man from Borneo” in particular fits Robison like an old hat — in part because he first cut it on a 2006 Friedman tribute album called Why the Hell Not, but also because it so perfectly captures the cosmic country, “almost Grateful Dead” vibe of Austin in the ’70s that Robison cites as his favorite musical era. Likewise, Ry Cooder’s “The Girls from Texas,” a gem from the California-born guitarist’s 1980 album Borderline, is an epic slice of South Texas conjunto with a wicked twist that Sahm himself would have been proud to call his own.

Balancing the old with the new, Robison rounds out High Times with a handful of more contemporary songs by friends and family. Bobby Bare Jr., who penned Beautiful Day’s “Nothin’ Better to Do,” is represented by “Patty McBride,” another coulda-been-a-Robison-original about leaving a small town in search of fame. Brother Bruce, who’s written a handful of Top 10 country hits (“Angry All the Time,” “Travelling Soldier,” “Desperately”) in addition to finding his own niche on the Texas music scene, contributes the uplifting “Brand New Me,” and kid sister Robyn Ludwick proves she may be the most formidable songwriting Robison yet via “Monte Carlo” and “Out of These Blues.” “Monte Carlo is actually about our mom,” says Charlie. “The first time I heard it, we were doing a Robison Family song-swap thing up at the Steamboat MuiscFest, and Robyn was completely unknown to most of the people up there at the time. But she pulled out this song that I had never heard before, and just completely kicked our asses with it. That was probably about six years ago and I’ve been wanting to record it ever since.”

“Out of These Blues” hits even closer to home: “She wrote that song about me, during the divorce, and I didn’t even listen to it for about a year or two because I knew she could really get to the matter of things,” Robison admits. “But I finally got removed enough from that point of my life to where I could listen to it, and … oh, man! It’s another one of those songs that’s really like a picture, just like the Dylan song. I’ve always been drawn to songs like that.”

Of course, Robison’s written his fair share of quality songs himself over the course of his career, which accounts for why he still enjoys the freedom to record exactly the kind of records he wants to years after ruffling more than a few feathers in status quo Nashville. Robison’s recorded for a handful of labels over the years, including Sony’s Lucky Dog imprint and Warner Bros., but he’s maintained a firm grip on the reins of his musical integrity every step of the way and now happily answers to nobody but himself when it comes to writing and recording exactly the kind of songs and albums he wants to. (He’s self releasing High Times, with distribution through Thirty Tigers.)

“I love keeping ownership of the records, because you actually get really good checks in the mail, whereas for the years I was on major labels, no matter what, you’re never going to see a check for anything,” says Robison. Indeed, despite having had his taste of chart success in the past, the now proudly independent artist couldn’t be any less interested in courting the mainstream country market these days if he tried. “I just don’t care if my songs ever get cut by anyone else, and the way I write, I don’t have to worry about that! And the whole co-writing thing isn’t my cup of tea, either; to me, co-writing is just the most painful thing in the world. I haven’t co-written a song with anybody in probably 15 years — and that was with Bruce!”

But don’t take his reticence to co-write — let alone the fact that he’s just recorded an album full of covers — as any sign that Robison’s run out of things to say. Far from it. “I’ve done a ton of writing lately,” he says. “In fact, I’ve actually got about two records worth of songs done. But first I want to have fun with this record for a couple of years before I go back to all of that stuff. Getting to play these songs live is going to be a nice little rest, because after you’ve written a whole bunch of records, you just want to cleanse the palate a little bit. It’s like a little reload, if you will.”

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Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

It's a Wonderful Life with Q&A with Karolyn Grimes

$80

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

We will be showing the movie “It’s a wonderful life and then have a Q & A with Karolyn, who played little Zuzu in the movie.

At the tender age of 4, Karolyn Grimes began memorizing lines and acting in the fantasy world of cinema. She worked with film legends John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Fred MacMurray, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye and, of course, Jimmy Stewart. She already had appeared in four films when the part of Zuzu came along. It was just another small part, but one that has made an indelible imprint on the American consciousness.

Karolyn's life has not always been wonderful. In fact, tragedy beset her early and often. Her Hollywood career ended in her teens when her mother died from early-onset Alzheimer's disease and her father was killed in an automobile accident. An only child, Karolyn was sent by the court to live in tiny Osceola, Mo. Living in a less than desirable home, she found support from the townspeople, and, through their love and encouragement, Karolyn decided to get an education and became a medical technician.

She eventually married and had two little girls. The marriage ended in divorce, and two years later her girls' father was killed in a hunting accident. Karolyn then married a man who had three children. They had two more together, so Karolyn raised a family of seven children. Her youngest child committed suicide at age 18, and Karolyn describes this time in her life as the most devastating. As she climbed out of that despair, her husband of 25 years died from lung cancer.

Karolyn pursuing one of her hobbies..Fishing on the Puget Sound.

At the time, the rebirth of interest in "It's a Wonderful Life" had begun, and Karolyn soon found a new life's focus. She moved to the Seattle area from Missouri and serves as the unofficial ambassador for the film, traveling the world and speaking at screenings, benefits, conventions and other venues. Her sparkling personality and her courageous story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Dec
19
2:00 PM14:00

It's a Wonderful Life with Q&A with Karolyn Grimes

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, 2 course meal with an entree and dessert, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

At the tender age of 4, Karolyn Grimes began memorizing lines and acting in the fantasy world of cinema. She worked with film legends John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Fred MacMurray, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye and, of course, Jimmy Stewart. She already had appeared in four films when the part of Zuzu came along. It was just another small part, but one that has made an indelible imprint on the American consciousness.

Karolyn's life has not always been wonderful. In fact, tragedy beset her early and often. Her Hollywood career ended in her teens when her mother died from early-onset Alzheimer's disease and her father was killed in an automobile accident. An only child, Karolyn was sent by the court to live in tiny Osceola, Mo. Living in a less than desirable home, she found support from the townspeople, and, through their love and encouragement, Karolyn decided to get an education and became a medical technician.

She eventually married and had two little girls. The marriage ended in divorce, and two years later her girls' father was killed in a hunting accident. Karolyn then married a man who had three children. They had two more together, so Karolyn raised a family of seven children. Her youngest child committed suicide at age 18, and Karolyn describes this time in her life as the most devastating. As she climbed out of that despair, her husband of 25 years died from lung cancer.

Karolyn pursuing one of her hobbies..Fishing on the Puget Sound.

At the time, the rebirth of interest in "It's a Wonderful Life" had begun, and Karolyn soon found a new life's focus. She moved to the Seattle area from Missouri and serves as the unofficial ambassador for the film, traveling the world and speaking at screenings, benefits, conventions and other venues. Her sparkling personality and her courageous story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.

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Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

It's a Wonderful Life with Q&A with Karolyn Grimes

$80

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

We will be showing the movie “It’s a wonderful life and then have a Q & A with Karolyn, who played little Zuzu in the movie.

At the tender age of 4, Karolyn Grimes began memorizing lines and acting in the fantasy world of cinema. She worked with film legends John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Fred MacMurray, Betty Grable, Danny Kaye and, of course, Jimmy Stewart. She already had appeared in four films when the part of Zuzu came along. It was just another small part, but one that has made an indelible imprint on the American consciousness.

Karolyn's life has not always been wonderful. In fact, tragedy beset her early and often. Her Hollywood career ended in her teens when her mother died from early-onset Alzheimer's disease and her father was killed in an automobile accident. An only child, Karolyn was sent by the court to live in tiny Osceola, Mo. Living in a less than desirable home, she found support from the townspeople, and, through their love and encouragement, Karolyn decided to get an education and became a medical technician.

She eventually married and had two little girls. The marriage ended in divorce, and two years later her girls' father was killed in a hunting accident. Karolyn then married a man who had three children. They had two more together, so Karolyn raised a family of seven children. Her youngest child committed suicide at age 18, and Karolyn describes this time in her life as the most devastating. As she climbed out of that despair, her husband of 25 years died from lung cancer.

Karolyn pursuing one of her hobbies..Fishing on the Puget Sound.

At the time, the rebirth of interest in "It's a Wonderful Life" had begun, and Karolyn soon found a new life's focus. She moved to the Seattle area from Missouri and serves as the unofficial ambassador for the film, traveling the world and speaking at screenings, benefits, conventions and other venues. Her sparkling personality and her courageous story allows her audiences to feel good about themselves and their lives, no matter the hardship.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lee Greenwood Christmas Show

$280

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Few artists have ever written a song that has become more a part of America's cultural landscape than Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." If he'd never written or recorded another hit, Greenwood would have secured his place in music history with that powerful inspiring ballad. "God Bless the USA" has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, taking the top honor over "God Bless America" and the National Anthem, but it is only one of the many hits that have propelled Greenwood's successful career. With his distinctive voice, insightful songwriting and unparalleled showmanship, Greenwood has been captivating audiences for decades.

Along the way, he has won numerous accolades including two Male Vocalist of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the CMA Song of the Year honor in 1985 for "God Bless the USA." His lengthy string of hits includes such classics as "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands," "It Turns Me Inside Out," "Somebody's Gonna Love You," "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)" and "Dixie Road."

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Dec
23
7:00 PM19:00

Roast and Toast the Holidays with Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland

$125

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Carolyn Wonderland

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

She’d grown up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’d gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland’s ability to whistle remains most unusual. Whistling is a uniquely vocal art seldom invoked in modern music, yet it’s among the most spectacular talents the human voice possesses.

That vocal proficiency was well-established in the singer’s midteens, landing her gigs at Fitzgerald’s by age 15. She absorbed Houston influences like Little Screamin’ Kenny, Albert Collins, Lavelle White, Jerry Lightfoot, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, Little Joe Washington, “borrowed” a car to sneak out and jam, ended up swapping songs with Townes Van Zandt at Houston’s Local’s on White Oak, got involved in the underground theater scene becoming the first “Photochick” in Jason Nodler’s “In the Under Thunderloo” and soaked up touring bands like the Paladins, Los Lobos, and the Mad Hatter of Texas music, Doug Sahm. Her music played in television series such as “Time of Your Life” and NBC’s “Homicide.” The Lone Star State was as credible a proving ground for blues in the 1980s and 90s as existed, especially in Austin with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, Omar & the Howlers, and Lou Ann Barton all in their prime. By the following decade, Austin’s blues luster thinned, but Houston, always a bastion of soul and R&B, boasted the Impferial Monkeys with the effervescent Carolyn Wonderland as ruler of the jungle.

In the early 1990s Wonderland & the Imperial Monkeys were invited to the Guadalupe Street Antone’s in Austin. There, they were treated like royalty with the singer as the queen of hearts in the club’s post-Stevie Ray Vaughan stable, which included Toni Price, Johnny and Jay Moeller, Sue Foley, Mike and Corey Keller, and the Ugly Americans. It was a good bar for the Monkeys to hang, and Austin felt so comfortable that when the band called it quits a few years later, after a run in with black ice and a semi that wound young Miss Wonderland in the hospital, she set her sights on Austin at the start of the millennium. Besides, Doug Sahm had told Carolyn while they were signing autographs together at the High Sierra Music Festival she ought to move to Austin, as it was the land of free guitar lessons. She was there in months.

Living in Austin renewed Carolyn Wonderland’s focus on her multiple talents, underlining luxurious vocals with fine guitar work, trumpet, and piano, as well as that remarkable ability to whistle on key. Despite spending two years homeless (or as she puts it, “van-full,”) Austin has been fertile ground for Carolyn. A series of each-better-than-the-next discs began with Alcohol & Salvation in 2001 (“songs about booze and God; records are a time capsule of what happened that year”) 2003’s “Bloodless Revolution”, The Bismeaux Releases: 2008’s “Miss Understood,” 2011’s “Peace Meal” (recorded at Bismeaux and at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock,) 2015’s “Live Texas Trio”; and here we are with 2017’s “Moon Goes Missing.”

Carolyn also got to stretch out with other bands and notably appears in Jerry Lightfoot’s Band of Wonder’s 2002 release, “Texistentialism” featuring Jerry Lightfoot, Vince Welnick (Greatful Dead, The Tubes, Todd Rundgren,) Carolyn, Barry “Frosty” Smith (Lee Michaels, Sly & the Family Stone, Rare Earth, Soulhat) and Larry Fulcher (Taj Mahal, Phantom Blues Band). She has released many songs for charity, 2016’s “Room at the Inn” (iTunes) benefits Doctors Without Borders, 2013’s “Money in the Game” (featuring Marcia Ball and Shelley King) benefits Planned Parenthood, “the Farmer Song” from “Miss Understood” benefits Farm AID, “Annie’s Scarlet Letter” from “Bloodless Revolution” benefits NORML, 1997 Justice Records released Carolyn’s version of Little Screamin’ Kenny’s holiday lament, “Blue Lights” (featuring Ian McLagan) benefitting MD Anderson Children’s Art Project.

Carolyn’s first appearance on vinyl? She’s with James Williamson (Stooges) on the April 2014 Record Store Day single, “Open Up & Bleed” AND on the full LP inspired by that fun session, “Re-Licked” featuring Raw Power Era songs with cool and risky guests.

Her circle of musician friends and admirers broadened to include not only Ray [Benson, who produced Miss Understood] but also the late Eddy Shaver, Shelley King, and yes, Bob Dylan, who likened her composition “Bloodless Revolution” to “a mystery movie theme.” She appeared on the same taping with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings when she made her debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” (Season 35.) and had the thrill of her life when Bonnie Raitt joined her onstage for “The Road to Austin” concert film featuring Stephen Bruton and all his friends, got to play with James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, and so many others at Antone’s, she and Erin Jaimes put together a benefit for Uncle John Turner and Johnny Winter insisted on bringing his band by to play, Carolyn’s wedding to A. Whitney Brown was officiated by Mike Nesmith (Monkees,) who serendipitously introduced them on set at VideoRanch in 2010. (there is video of the two of them on stage together that day!) She began co-writing with locals Sarah Brown, Shelley King, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, and Guy Forsyth; sat in with Los Lobos, Levon Helm, Vintage Trouble, Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard; and toured relentlessly for the past two decades, sometimes with luminaries like Dave Alvin, Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, so far spreading her music in US, Europe, South America and Japan. She also claims membership in the all-girl Sis Deville, the gospel-infused Imperial Crown Golden Harmonizers, the Texas Guitar Women, and the Woodstock Lonestars.

Carolyn ain’t done yet. Come see why at a show! (seriously, she’s perpetually on tour.)

 

Guy Forsyth

Austin’s Guy Forsyth has long enjoyed praise for his dazzling live shows and rich Americana and Blues roots sound. Forsyth (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitar, harmonica, ukulele, singing saw) usually performs with his band, but has been known to perform as a solo artist, and in various incarnations including a duo with Oliver Steck (Bob Schneider’s band). His songs incorporate a unique mixture of styles and his sound is at once polished, raw, compelling and irresistibly rump-shaking.

Forsyth brought his skills as a stellar live performer to help found and eventually drive to international acclaim the theatrical acoustic group The Asylum Street Spankers. He gave Wammo his first washboard and Christina Marrs her first guitar and ukulele. His time with the Spankers touring and recording 5 albums added to a wealth of earlier unique experiences in his life – working as a stuntman in renaissance shows, busking on the streets of New Orleans and playing on a mountain top in Nepal –which provided him musical fodder to be refined in the songs of Forsyth’s numerous solo albums.

Guy has recently finished recording his new album, "The Freedom To Fail", which is due to be released early summer 2012 (let's call it June), which will be followed immediately by an extensive American and European tour. The new album was produced by Matt Smith at Lost Oasis Studios.

The release of his latest, Calico Girl, which features new songs as well as re-recordings of some of Guy’s most popular songs from 1999's Can You Live Without, marks the fourth album for the record label he started in 2002, Small and Nimble Records.

Guy is known today as a musician with gripping, powerful vocals as well as a master of numerous instruments. He started his musical development first with singing, and began playing harmonica at 16. Shortly thereafter he heard a very distinct and overwhelming sound on Kansas City radio that changed his life; it was Robert Johnson. After that, he borrowed a guitar, fell in love and learned to

tune it with his feet from a friend who had lost both his arms in an accident. In college, he lasted a single semester at the University of Kansas, and then he found the music he had been seeking – gritty, organic folk and blues, “from a practical hands-on, gears, joints and joists level.” And he struck out to learn it.

Since then, he’s been awarded an Austin Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 2005, as well as numerous other AMA’s over the years in categories such as Blues and Best Miscellaneous Instrument Player (singing saw), among others. Last year’s 2-disc live record, Unrepentant Schizophrenic Americana, was received very well by critics and fans alike.

In the past year, Forsyth has stepped up his touring significantly to reach fans in the Southwest,Southeast, East Coast, and Midwest United States, as well as continuing to play in Europe several Times, as he does every year. Guy has been featured in a number of large festivals recently, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Austin), High Sierra Music Festival (Northern California), Los Alamos Festival (New Mexico), BBQ & Blues Festival (New York), Tonder Festival (Denmark), and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival (Belgium). Forsyth has opened for and shared the stage with musicians such as BB King, Ray Charles, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Vaughn, Dr. John, Robert Cray, among many others.

Discography: High Temperature (1994), Needle Gun (1995), Can You Live Without (1999), Steak (2000), Love Songs: For And Against (2005), Unrepentant Schizophrenic Americana (2006), Calico Girl (2008), Live at Gruene Hall (2010), 300 Miles From There To Here DVD (2011), New Full Length Studio Album – Spring 2012.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Starship Ft. Mickey Thomas

$298

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Mickey Thomas joined joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. Mickey’s voice had become legendary after recording “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band and he was planning to pursue a solo career. Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, “Jane”, almost immediately after getting together.

In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum.

Starship followed-up their initial success with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today. Starship music is featured in the soundtracks for “Rock of Ages,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Skeleton Twins,” and most recently on the popular TV series “Glee”.

Starship is on tour now, delighting audiences around the world.

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Dec
30
7:00 PM19:00

Tony Jackson

$170

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Is it premature to see Hall of Fame material in a guy who's just releasing his first album?

Not if that guy is Tony Jackson.

To put it plainly, Jackson is one of the most gifted singers ever to grace country music.

His initial videos from the album have excited over 25 Million Facebook views seemingly overnight, while Jackson tours tirelessly in support of the record.

The respect Jackson has already earned within the music community is evident throughout Tony Jackson, as the new album is titled.  It features songs and/or performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Sebastian, Steve Cropper and Dr. John “Mac” Rebennack, Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Conway Twitty and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame luminary Norro Wilson.

It is the ease with which Jackson makes every song—even the familiar ones—distinctly his own that sets him apart.  Who else would dare to try and then succeed in bringing a fresh layer of emotional urgency to such a classic as George Jones' “The Grand Tour” or Conway Twitty's eternal “It's Only Make Believe”?

On the first-time and lesser known songs, Jackson mints his own classics.  With its sweeping steel guitar flourishes and ambient barroom clatter, he transforms John Sebastian and Phil Galdston's “Last Call” into the sweetest, most affectionate separation ballad imaginable.  With reverence and a twinkle in his eye, he enlists Sebastian and Vince Gill in revivifying (after 50 years) the Lovin' Spoonful's 1966 romp, “Nashville Cats.”  “When asked if we should recut the song,” Sebastian begins, “I said absolutely but we have to get Vince Gill, Paul Franklin and today’s real Nashville Cats in on the session and fortunately it was preserved on video,” he beams.

After capturing perfectly, the excitement of new love in Bill Anderson's “I Didn't Wake Up This Morning,” he moves on to a memory-stirring homage to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and Willie Nelson in “They Lived It Up,” a lyrical scrapbook from Anderson and Bobby Tomberlin.

Jackson shines as a keen-eyed songwriter in his own right with such memorable excursions as “Drink By Drink,” “Old Porch Swing,” and “She's Taking Me Home.”

From start to finish, Tony Jackson stands out as a “discovery” album, the kind you listen to with such delight that you have to recommend it to friends.  And hundreds of thousands have done just that.

Jackson is currently a headliner on the Old Dominion Barn Dance in Richmond, Virginia, and is almost certainly the only major bank executive ever to abandon a prominent IT job in finance at a Fortune 500 company to embark on a career in country music.  But he didn't grow up a country fan.

The son of a Navy man, he led a base-to-base existence, at one point living with his family in Rota, Spain for three years.  His early musical background was sketchy at best.  “I sang 'White Christmas' in the Christmas play in the sixth grade,” he recalls.  “Everybody seemed to love it, but I was a wreck. My mother forced me to sing in the church choir, but I was kind of buried in the voices along with everybody else.”  This was basically his entire musical resume until ten or so years ago when a friend whose band had lost its lead singer asked Jackson to try out for the spot.  “I did,” he says, “and I was hooked after that.”

Two weeks after graduating from high school, Jackson joined the Marines.  “I told my dad I was joining because I was sick of taking orders,” he says with a wry grin.  There was as much getting-ahead as gung-ho in Jackson’s enlistment.  “I was a computer and electronics geek as a teenager,” he says.  “When I talked to the recruiter, he told me the Marine Corps had just started a computer science school in Quantico, Virginia.  Fortunately, I scored high enough on the entrance exam to go to that school.” It was a smart move.  When he finished service, a prominent bank in Richmond snapped him up to work in its Information Technology division, initially assigning him the lowly chore of re-setting passwords.  “I was way overqualified,” he says, “so I got promoted fast.  I was a senior vice president by my early 30s.”

It was while in the Marines that he first started paying serious attention to country music.  “My mother listened only to gospel,” he says.  “My dad was into jazz, hip hop, R&B, new jack swing—stuff like that, but Armed Forces Radio played everything.  When I was living in Spain—when I was 10 to 13—Randy Travis came over there on a USO tour.  Some friends and I were out there early when they were setting up the stage, and we actually got to talk to him before we realized he was the guy who’d be performing later.  He was really cool to us. In the Marine Corps, when my friends and I played music for each other, we were all homesick.   So when you’d listen to these country songs that talked about family and home and heartbreak, it would really grab you.”

A song that particularly appealed to Jackson was George Jones’ heartbreaking 1974 hit, “The Grand Tour.”  When Jones died, Jackson and some friends went into a Richmond studio and recorded it.  In the process, they also made a performance video that eventually wound up on YouTube.  By sheer accident, singer Donna Dean Stevens saw the video and instantly decided Jackson should do “The Grand Tour” on the Old Dominion Barn Dance, which she had just resurrected.  After she witnessed Jackson’s standing ovation—an honor that hadn’t yet been accorded to any of the show’s headliners—she offered to co-manage and co-produce him with noted talent manager Jim Della Croce. A commanding performer in her own right, Dean Stevens recorded for Mercury Records in Nashville as Donna Meade. She is also the widow of Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean and a zealous guardian of his vast musical legacy.

Dean Stevens and Della Croce then whisked Jackson to Nashville, where he recorded most of Tony Jackson at the hallowed RCA Records Studios.  In one of his best-loved songs, George Jones considered the dwindling ranks of country superstars and asked plaintively “Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes.”

Tony Jackson volunteering for duty.    

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Dec
31
6:00 PM18:00

New Year’s Eve: The Hit Men

$199 - 6PM

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

The Hit Men are five brilliant musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business - huge stars from Frankie Valli and Carly Simon, to Tommy James, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Cheap Trick , Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many, many more. They are not a tribute act. They are not the former cast of a Broadway musical.They are the actual artists who helped rocket so many songs to the top of the Billboard charts.

They are: keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist/vocalist Jeff Ganz, keyboardist, percussionist & vocalist Russ Velazquez and drummer and vocalist, Steve Murphy. You may not know their names, but you went to their concerts, heard them on the radio, watched them on TV, and bought their records. They have appeared on over eighty five albums, won multiple Gold and Platinum Recording Awards, Emmy nominations, Telly Awards, Clio Awards and more.

Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made their legacy of number one hits come to life like no other group.The reason is simple - The Hit Men are extraordinary players and singers as well as world-class entertainers -- but, most importantly, they were there when these songs were recorded, and they have the backstage, insider stories to prove it.

The Hit Men credentials, showmanship and sheer talent are unmatched by any other group in modern music. They deliver sizzling shows that combine hit after hit after hit with eye-popping videos and reminiscences born from their witnessing and making musical history.

Doors Open: 5:30PM

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Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year’s Eve: The Hit Men

$199 - 10PM

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

The Hit Men are five brilliant musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business - huge stars from Frankie Valli and Carly Simon, to Tommy James, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Cheap Trick , Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many, many more. They are not a tribute act. They are not the former cast of a Broadway musical.They are the actual artists who helped rocket so many songs to the top of the Billboard charts.

They are: keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist/vocalist Jeff Ganz, keyboardist, percussionist & vocalist Russ Velazquez and drummer and vocalist, Steve Murphy. You may not know their names, but you went to their concerts, heard them on the radio, watched them on TV, and bought their records. They have appeared on over eighty five albums, won multiple Gold and Platinum Recording Awards, Emmy nominations, Telly Awards, Clio Awards and more.

Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made their legacy of number one hits come to life like no other group.The reason is simple - The Hit Men are extraordinary players and singers as well as world-class entertainers -- but, most importantly, they were there when these songs were recorded, and they have the backstage, insider stories to prove it.

The Hit Men credentials, showmanship and sheer talent are unmatched by any other group in modern music. They deliver sizzling shows that combine hit after hit after hit with eye-popping videos and reminiscences born from their witnessing and making musical history.

Doors Open: 9:30PM

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Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

Mickey Gilley

$280

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The Early Years

Mickey Gilley was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1936 and grew up in nearby Ferriday, Louisiana. He grew up alongside his two famous cousins Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. It was here where his love of music grew by sneaking up to the windows of clubs to absorb the haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues.

Mickey learned to play piano at an early age but did not achieve the success like his cousin Jerry Lee until later. He moved to Houston, Texas to work construction but at night he played in the local club scene. He recorded his first song in Memphis for Dot Records and later performed as a singer and pianist in cities throughout the south. Eventually, his career path returned him to the Pasadena area where he began performing at the Nesadel Club and quickly developed into one of the city's most popular acts.

In 1971 along with a business partner he opened Gilley's. The club would grow and one day be known as the world's largest honky-tonk. It was here that Mickey started experiencing his first success when he released "Room Full of Roses". By the mid-seventies his songs were hitting the country charts with regularity.

The Urban Cowboy

As the eighties neared, Gilley's was growing bigger with every day. Country music's biggest stars used the club as a launching pad. A television show was developed which only added to the phenomenon. But it was when Esquire Magazine caught wind of the excitement and featured an article called "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy" that caused Gilley's to develop into an urban cowboy craze.

With the club rising in popularity so did Mickey's. He released hit after hit from "City Lights", I Overlooked an Orchard", and "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"; all reaching number one on the Billboard country Charts. People started to take notice of the phenomenon on a national level. Paramount decided to make a movie about the craze and cast John Travolta and Debrah Winger to play the parts.

The Movie was a success and Gilley's flourished. The soundtrack that featured many popular artists including a huge hit by Mickey, "Stand By Me", went platinum and Mickey became a household name.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Susie McEntire

$150

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Susie McEntire Eaton's smile is a genuine one -- and a familiar one. With more than a passing physical resemblance to her sister, Reba McEntire, Susie also shares her big sister’s musical giftings. But Susie has directed her talents to the country gospel side of American Roots music garnering much acclaim from her peers and fans alike. In addition to numerous awards and nominations from TNN, GMA, and CCMA, Susie has been named “Artist of the Year” several times in the field of Positive Country Music. She has also scored four #1 singles on the Positive Country radio charts. However, more than her notoriety, it is Susie’s kindness and determination in the midst of difficulties and her genuine compassion for others that inspires people around her.

Susie often reflects about her early Christian experiences in her concerts, combining her wealth of songs (20 CDs to date) with inspiring life stories. “The person who influenced me the most for Christ was my Grandma Smith who babysat me while my siblings went to school. It was through her influence that I recognized what Christianity was all about – not all about going to church – it was about Him living His life through me,” she says.

Raised on an Oklahoma ranch, Susie began singing as a teenager with her siblings, Pake and Reba, as the “Singing McEntires.” In 1980, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, Susie was again singing with her sister who, by this time, had become a country superstar. In addition to performing concerts for sold-out crowds, they made television appearances on programs such as “The Johnny Carson Show,” “Hee Haw,” and “The Grand Ole Opry.” Susie says, “I learned so much in this short period of time – little did I know that this travel time with Reba would help to prepare me for my own solo career in music.”

In 1984, Susie submitted to God’s calling in her life to sing Christian music, and in the years to follow traveled the country with her husband Paul and 3 children. But the abuse that had already plagued them earlier in their marriage wouldn’t quit – no matter how much counseling they had.

After two separations and now divorce, Susie is a mom with three adult children. "After 25 years of marriage, I could not continue to be in a situation of verbal and mental abuse and remain healthy. I had to make a choice to do what was best for me and my children,” Susie shares.

With a clear head, renewed joy, and a peace she hasn’t felt in years, Susie says she feels more energetic and positive about her music than ever before. AND she has been able to embark on a dream she’s had for years: she is co-host of “Cowboy Church” on RFDtv. (Dish, Direct tv, and Comcast) “My family has been in the ranching/rodeo world for four generations, and I am so pleased to be able to bring Jesus Christ to this audience in a down to earth, country style.”

Susie’s music catalog is not just a collection of inspiring songs, it has become her life story. "Looking back now, with 20/20 vision, I can clearly see God’s hand of guidance through all of the difficult moments in my life. By sharing my story, I hope it will help someone else find their way through whatever they may be facing. I can think of no greater purpose for my music than that.”

Susie has recently signed on to be a spokesperson for the Community Learning Council, Inc. based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. CLC is a non-profit organization that focuses on education to help prevent and stop domestic violence.

She keeps pressing and says "growing in faith means growing in all areas of my life". Her release "Passages" marks a bold and honest stylistic growth reflective of her transformational life changes. She says "my country roots have grown into a full tree with a strong trunk and limbs. I can handle other styles that continue to celebrate the things country is known for. "Passages" is real stories about real people. I'm pretty sure that is what the spiritual life is about. I am so much more honest now at my core.

She and Mark Eaton from Seattle, WA were married in December of 2009 and are usually found no more than several feet apart at any given moment. Mark, otherwise known to her fans as Mr. Seattle, is a adventurer, fitness expert, theologian and presenter. The two of them make a tremendous team bringing joy, hope and authenticity to their audiences. It is another reason for her fresh and honest smile. A little secret never hurts: Susie sometimes invites Mark on stage to help with a little blues guitar.

"Chase the Wind" was released in December 2012 and Susie continues to expand and grow. "Upbeat and happy" is how she describes this project. The surprize here is that Mark joins her on 4 songs in duet style. "He did great in the studio, but now that he really owns the songs he is killing it. I did not know he could sing like this. The audiences love him. He is authentic and real. They connect right away" she says about him.

Mark says that putting him on her music is like "putting water on a fire or tar on pancakes" and proves "her judgement is not as good as she thinks it is." He smiles when he says it but there is no doubt he means it. She says "he is humble and a little shy about his singing and guitar playing and he certainly has his own style. But when he relaxes, throws his head back and lets it go, it is very, very nice. He knows i love to hear him and I think that encourages him to go for it. I love that about him. His abandon has taught me so much."

Susie is an amazing seasoned performer with an amazing story, an ability to connect with the audience and make them feel like friends. From country, to Celtic, to jazz to Christmas music and everything in between, Susie will make a lasting impression of family, faith, hope and encouragement.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Adam Pope & The Rebel Roots

$80

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots band is a high-energy country/rockabilly group based just outside of Nashville, TN. They combine the raw sounds and unbridled energies of the Sun Record era, with respectful polish and substantive songwriting, soaked in classic country music sentiments. Their show is woven together with Hee-Haw like humor and front porch storytelling. From the hilarious snapshot of relationship dysfunction captured by "Your Mom" to the intimate, patriotic, tearjerker "Soldier's Wife" and more, Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots take the audience on an emotional and entertaining ride.

Band members are known to leap into the air while never missing a beat and you'll hear plenty of wild upright bass slappin' along the way!

Adam Pope has released several projects, including teaming up with Johnny Cash's and Carl Perkins' original drummer, WS "Fluke" Holland to record original music at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.

Adam Pope & the Rebel Roots have played on the Music City Roots show in Nashville, TN; performed on RFD TV's "Midwest Country" show; and Adam is a member of the highly touted "Nashville Unleashed" roster of performing songwriters who are currently being featured in a TV series airing on Blue Highways TV, Angel Two (Dish Network), the Heartland channel, and more. Adam released his latest album called "Story & Song" in July of 2015.. "The saying in Nashville is 'It all begins with a song' and I have never challenged that thought until recently. There are SO many songs out there, but not near as many good stories. So my new album will be built on the principle that it all begins with a story, and ends with a song."

- Adam D. Pope

• "The Rebel Roots" is a band name that reflects their traditional country and high-energy  rockabilly passions. Their legs shake and their hips swing at that Sun Records sound, originally made by hillbillies, who added a gospel influenced, rockin' beat to what otherwise would've just been country or blues tunes. Before there was rock n' roll, there was rockabilly.

• The "rebel" in the name "Rebel Roots" describes the pioneering aspect of their music. Adam Pope and "The Rebel Roots: seek to perform rockabilly music with the same fast-paced, rebellious spirit of those early trailblazers who challenged the mainstream culture. At the same time, Adam and "The Rebel Roots" strive to explore and preserve the roots of country music by providing an energetic, clever, and traditional country variety show for all ages.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers

$180

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Leroy Van Dyke, of "Auctioneer" and "Walk On By" fame, star of the movie, "What Am I Bid?" is known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, actor, auctioneer and veteran of the Nevada circuit. He has recorded over 500 songs, and probably holds the record for most repeat-performance bookings of any working, name country music entertainer. He has worked 40 to 70 fairs and livestock events per year for over five decades, in addition to a great variety of other engagements.

He was born on a farm (not in a hospital) in rural Pettis County, Missouri, without the amenities of running water and electricity. Elementary schooling was in one-room country schools, then to high school at Sedalia, where he ranked third in a class of 180 graduates.

Leroy is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a dual major: Animal Husbandry and Journalism, with a minor in Speech. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, did one semester of graduate work, and was a member of both the junior and senior University of Missouri intercollegiate livestock judging teams.

After serving as a special agent, U. S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, in Korea, Leroy was catapulted into show business while working as a journalist, when his self-penned "Auctioneer" recording went a million-plus just weeks after its release. He then joined Red Foley's ABC-TV Network "Ozark Jubilee" in Springfield, Missouri, as a regular member, and continued in that position for three years until the show left the air.

He again had a multi-million seller with "Walk On By," a record that stayed in the charts an incredible 42 weeks, nineteen in the number one position, and was later named by Billboard Magazine as the biggest country music record in history! Leroy then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and became a regular member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Music industry experts named Leroy Van Dyke as the Country Music Entertainer of the Decade for the 1960s. He had the starring role in the 1967 movie "What Am I Bid?."

Leroy was a founding co-host of "Country Crossroads," the most widely syndicated show in radio history; he hosted his own syndicated television series, "The Leroy Van Dyke Show;" he hosted the 1965 Country Music Association Awards Show at which Ernest Tubb was inducted into the Hall of Fame; he was the first entertainer to receive the prestigious Country Music Association Founding President's Award for contributing to the advancement and improved image of country music; he served on the board of directors of the Country Music Association, and also served on the board of the International Entertainment Buyers Association.

He was selected by the Country Music Association to represent it in showcase situations at the Waldorf in New York, The Monteleone in New Orleans, The Edgewater Beach and the Conrad Hilton in Chicago, The Ambassador in Los Angeles and numerous Country Music Association functions in Nashville.

Van Dyke is considered by industry moguls and by his peers to be the entertainer who put professionalism in country music. He was the first to blaze a trail and take a staged, produced, choreographed, self-contained country music show to the "Strip" in Las Vegas. He was the first to take country music to Bourbon Street in New Orleans' famed French Quarter. He was the only country music performer ever to open a show for Marilyn Monroe.

Leroy is a 2001 inductee into the North American Country Music Association, International, Hall of Fame.

After more than four decades as an entertainer, Leroy still travels in excess of a hundred thousand performing miles yearly around the world . . . he performs in all facets of show business including fairs, festivals, concerts, rodeos, supper clubs, conventions, radio, television, recordings, the Nevada circuit, livestock events, agricultural shows and private functions.

He has not missed a performance in over five decades as an entertainer.

On a personal note, should you ask, Leroy will tell you that there are only four things he ever wanted to do: sing, sell, write, and raise livestock. He is living his dream. His name is a household word in country music circles around the world. He is an auctioneering Hall of Fame member. He was a successful journalist, and is the author of "Auctioneering, Motivation, Success," a work that is rapidly becoming the textbook of the auction profession. His Arabian mules are developing a reputation from New England to California and from Canada to the Deep South.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Pake McEntire and Band

$125

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Singer/guitarist Pake McEntire was the older brother of mega-star Reba McEntire. He was born Dale Stanley McEntire in Chockie, Oklahoma, the second of four children; his distinctive nickname was a short form of "Pecos." He spent much of his childhood traveling the rodeo circuit with his father; while out riding, the McEntire kids sang songs like "Jesus Loves Me" and "Hound Dog" for tips in hotel lobbies. Later, Pake, Reba, and little sister Suzie teamed up to form the Singing McEntires and, thanks to their mother, got themselves booked to sing at rodeos and other community events. Reba later left the group to start her own career by signing with Mercury.

After the McEntires disbanded, Pake formed his own band, Limestone Gap, which played weekly at the famous Corral Club in Sulphur, Texas. McEntire remained with the band for two years and then founded his own label, Old Cross, on which he released two albums and a few singles. He sometimes sang backup on Reba's songs, and it was her manager Bill Carter who helped him sign to RCA. In 1986, McEntire released his major-label debut Too Old to Grow Up Now, which was both a critical and commercial success. His debut single, "Every Night," made the Top Ten, while his second single "Savin' My Love for You" hit number three and "Bad Love" climbed to the Top 15. Although his career got off to a great start, it soon began to fizzle; his first single of 1987, "Heart vs. Heart," featuring backing vocals from Reba, made the Top Five, but his next single barely reached the Top 50. The cuts from his second album, My Whole World, didn't do nearly as well, and as a result McEntire left the music industry to return to the rodeo and his ranch.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Cirque Zuma Zuma

$180

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

African Acrobats International, Inc. has established the ultimate African Circus. The cradle of all cultures, the ultimate source for all music, dance and ritual for all humanity. The thought of this rich continent brings in mind at once mysticism, magic and excitement. The African Acrobats International, Inc. has something new to bring to the American Audiences: the allure of the African Circus.


This Circus will cast talented members who can fill a 90 minutes show with non stop action and amazing features which will keep audiences breathless. This show will include performances of all different types of African culture, including:

  • Opening Dance
  • Hula Hoops
  • Human Pyramids
  • Zulu Dance
  • Icarian Games
  • Chair Balancing Act
  • Hoops Diving Act
  • Kora Instrument
  • Comedy Act
  • Hand to Hand Act
  • Foot Juggling Act
  • Pole Act
  • Contortionist Act
  • Rolla Bolla Act
  • Tumbling
  • Finale dance

The show will feature an array of never before seen talents mixed with some of the best love skills associated with African variety arts.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Wills

$199

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The Reader's Digest version of Mark Wills' story makes it clear he's an award-winning  singer's singer. His matchless phrasing, passionate and meaningful delivery and right-on-the -money vocals make each and every song he performs come alive. Like a picture perfect painting, Wills' music is a vocal work of art that walks right off the canvas and into the hearts of country music lovers alike.

Bringing the Wills' dimension to some of the greatest songs ever written, he's not necessarily become known for being trendy, hip or even on the cutting edge, but rather simply as a damn good singer!

"I think I'm a good storyteller to make a song meaningful. Whether romantic or 'reality,' my focus is on the music delivery to make it my own for the people who listen—so  that they can make it their own."  

And the people listen...  

His list of accolades is his testament. Mark Wills is a multi-platinum  selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here" and "Don't Laugh At Me;" all of which received nominations for Single, Song and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association. Wills won the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year, and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009....and that's just a chapter in Mark Wills' life story.

Since garnering his Top New Male Vocalist recognition in 1998, Wills has become a staple in country music. Like salt and pepper on a table; the chapters may have changed, but the story continues. The father of two daughters, a husband and the head of household, Mark's role in life and music are one in the same.

"I think I'm at a point where I've seen all sides of me! I've become more aware of who I am not only as an artist, but as a father, a husband and a friend...and as a dad, I want to put out music my children can listen to; all in all, I take more ownership in it.

His ownership is made evident in his newest collection of recordings on the CD entitled LOOKING FOR AMERICA; an assortment of tunes Mark describes as different, yet the same.

LOOKING FOR AMERICA is a project with no 'sacrifices.' With titles like "Smoking Gun," "Where Did I Lose You," "A Whole World" and "Rocking The Country," the tracks are not just about a rhyme and a hook, they're a menagerie of people-stories--a musical exhibition of heart-heavy, romantic, comedic all-American existence with apple pie flavor. Describing the hue of the music, Wills colors his music "dark blue."

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Lonesome Traveller featuring Peter Yarrow
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Lonesome Traveller featuring Peter Yarrow

$240

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

The story of folk music is truly the story of an ever-changing America.

Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with Lonesome Traveler, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating…revelatory…achingly beautiful.” The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Don McClean, James Taylor, Van Morrison with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Charismatic young singers and multi-instrumentalists return us to a time when music brought us together – when it changed us. Complete with period costumes and multimedia projections, this unforgettable concert event features romantic duets, patriotic songs, church hymns, union anthems and songs of protest, taking us from the 1920s to the 1960s and beyond– from the front porches of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York – from the festival stages of Newport to the sound stages of Los Angeles. Songs like: “If I Had a Hammer,“ “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “This Land is Your Land,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Blowin in the Wind”, “Like a Rolling Stones”, “Turn, Turn Turn”, “American Pie”, and “Hallelujah”.

Folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary has enthusiastically endorsed the show and will be appearing in this production of the show as a special guest star. An inspiring evening of great music, Lonesome Traveler presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

M-Pact

$140

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Imagine… The smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band…

All created by the human voice alone!

Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.  

From the beginning, the "pact" of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (the LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (the Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition.  Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Natasha Bedingfield, and Ray Charles to name a few; as well as with jazz legends Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and many others. Over the last 2 decades, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

Around the globe, audiences are mesmerized by the thrill of m-pact's vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence. Unknowing ears of all ages come expecting entertainment, but leave enriched from an indescribable experience: the musical journey across Technicolor soundscapes produced by this "Cirque du Soleil of Song".  m-pact's studio recordings (5 full-length albums, 2 EP's, and several single releases) have received rave reviews and multiple awards, including Best Jazz Album, Best Pop/R&B Song, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Vocal Arrangement (the CARA Awards), Best Seasonal Album ("Indie" awards), and Best Unsigned Band (Billboard Magazine).  m-pact recordings are also frequently selected for inclusion on compilations and "best-of" collections.  

In the summer of 2016, m-pact announced the retirement of the band's two founding members, Trist Curless (now with The Manhattan Transfer) and Marco Cassone, prompting a significant "re-boot" and revamping of the m-pact lineup.  The result of the ensuing nationwide talent search is a jaw-dropping collection of America's most exciting vocal talent.  Led by m-pact veteran singer, beatboxer, and artistic director Jeff Smith, these young pro's are not only tremendously gifted, but are deeply committed to continuing the traditions of innovation and excellence which have made m-pact an international sensation.  As m-pact enters their third decade, they are once again breaking new ground with new recording projects, music videos, and awe-inspiring live performances.  The group's multiple fine arts showcases have resulted in their being one of the most-requested acts of the year, and have left no doubt that m-pact's music will continue to reach music lovers around the world for many years to come.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Eric Taylor

Price: TBD

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.

Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years, steeping himself in the rich cultural heritage of the black South. "I've written poetry all my life," Taylor recounts. "When I learned how to play guitar, it was a natural progression to write songs." After high school, a brief stint at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, just "didn't work out," according to Taylor.

"Music lured me away," says Taylor. "I thought I'd make my way to California like everybody else back then but I ran out of money and ended up in Houston." It's a good thing he never made it to California, because the musical environment in Houston during the '70s was just what Taylor needed to inspire him.

Taylor learned intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith. "There were no lines drawn in the sand between musical genres in Houston back in those days," Taylor remembers. "You were just a musician. I believe so many great writers came out of that scene because you could learn from others. Isn't that the point of this whole thing?"

In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Shameless Love, his first album, came out in 1981, and after a hiatus of almost 14 years, he returned with the self-titled Eric Taylor, released in 1995. His eponymous release was chosen as the 1996 Kerrville Folk Festival Album of the Year. Three years later he released Resurrect, and it was subsequently named one of the "100 essential records of all time" by Buddy magazine. Taylor has headlined the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, played National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage" and has appeared on both "Late Night With David Letterman" with Nanci Griffith and "Austin City Limits" with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen.

"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement," Nanci Griffith says. "If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time." Griffith has recorded several of Taylor's songs, including "Deadwood," "Storms," "Dollar Matinee" and "Ghost in the Music," which they wrote together. Lyle Lovett, who has recorded Taylor's "Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning," “Whooping Crane,” “Understand You,” and with whom Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular "Fat Babies," compares Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen. Iain Matthews claims, "Once you become a Taylor fanatic, it gives one immense joy and pride to be able to enlighten others to the man's work."

2001 brought forth Scuffletown, and shortly following its release, Taylor was a featured artist on "Austin City Limit's" and NPR's "Morning Edition." The Kerrville Tapes (2003) is his first live album, recorded during three years of appearances at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.

In 2004, heeding repeated requests by fans and media, Taylor re-mastered the vinyl Shameless Love and reissued it as a CD with 2 never-released-before bonus tracks.

In the spring of 2005, Taylor returned to Rock Romano's Red Shack in Houston to record his 5th studio album, The Great Divide. Garnering rave reviews at home and abroad, The Great Divide quickly reached #3 on the Euro Americana Chart and in 2006 was named one of the Top Releases Most Played by Folk Radio.

Hollywood Pocketknife, released in 2007, is a 10-song collection that shows Taylor in his prime as a writer and performer, with his exquisite narrative style, his keen, studied observation of the human spirit, and his intricate, roots-driven guitar work. Produced by Taylor, Hollywood Pocketknife also features a stellar cast of musicians, including Eric Demmer (saxophone), David Webb (keyboard, Hammond organ), Mathias Schneider (lap steel), James Gilmer (percussion), Vince Bell (vocals), Steven Fromholz (vocals), and Susan Lindfors (vocals).

In January 2008, Eric Taylor and Hollywood Pocketknife were nominated for FolkWax's Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year.

In early 2011 Taylor decided to bring together some of his oldest friends and favorite musicians for a live recording. In May 2011 we recorded 2 nights live at The Red Shack studio in Houston, Texas. There was a film crew and live studio audience. Nanci Griffith flew in from Nashville to sing, Lyle Lovett came in to sing, Denice Franke and Susan Lindfors Taylor came in to sing, Marco Python Fecchio flew in from Milan, Italy to play electric guitar, and James Gilmer joined in to play percussion. We captured 2 magical nights of music and friendship and Houston history. The performances are stunning, and this Live At The Red Shack CD is unlike anything out there. It's a combination live record / retrospective record / celebration of friends. Named One Of The Top 10 Albums Of The Year (Texas Music magazine) and Best Of 2012 – Live Album (Third Coast Music magazine).

In June 2013, Taylor released his 10th CD, aptly named Studio 10. Also recorded at the Red Shack, Studio 10 features 9 new songs penned by Taylor and a cover of Tim Grimm’s “Cover These Bones.” Eric Taylor’s compassionate storytelling and song theater at their finest, painting an always colorful cast of characters making it through this world. Some songs are tributes to friends who have passed – “Bill” (Bill Morrissey), “Francestown” (in a Dave-van-Ronk vein), “String Of Pearls.” Some songs from a woman’s perspective (“Molly’s Painted Pony,” “Adios”). “Reno” and “Dark Corner Ice Water” showcase the intricate narrative quality and unique theater aspect of Taylor’s writing that sets him apart. Two songs – “Tully’s Titles” and “Tully” – were written for the Storyworks.TV documentary film Road Kid to Writer – The Tracks of Jim Tully, and resulted in an Emmy nomination for Taylor for Music Composition in the summer of 2016.

A mesmerizing performer, Taylor has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, playing notable venues such as Club Passim, The Bottom Line, Caffe Lena, The Bluebird Cafe, Red Clay Foundry, The Ark, CSPS, Freight & Salvage, The Green Note (London), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Theatre Kikker (Utrecht), The Real Music Club (Belfast), Hotel du Nord (Paris), DC Music Club (Dublin), and The Bein Inn (Perth). Festival appearances include Kerrville, Newport Folk Festival, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), Take Root (The Netherlands), and Roots of Heaven Festival (The Netherlands).

He has taught at the Kerrville Song School, and has conducted songwriting workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Fulston Manor Performing Arts Centre (Sittingbourne, England), CARAD (Rhayader, Wales), Puget’s Sound Productions (Seattle, Washington), The Weem Inn (Aberfeldy, Scotland) and the The Barn Productions (Williamstown, MA).

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Music In The Spirit

Free Event

This will be an ecumenical event featuring local musicians from Hunt County churches. Local clergy will provide Invocation and Benediction. Readings from scripture will be read in-between music sets, which will include singing by all present.

The event is free. It will be a labor of love by the emcees and performers on stage. The event is sponsored by Barbara Horan and the Texan Theater.

No food service, but guests may order from the Lobby Cafe. 3:00-4:30, come and go. Seating limited to 150. 

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Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Trash

$155

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

“It’s entertainment with a conscience,” says Steve Linder, creator of Vocal Trash; a diverse blend of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences across the U.S. for over a decade. The musical aspects of this exciting, high-energy troupe from Texas appeals to everyone – from the very young to the very old – in its perfect mix of pop, rock, swing and classic oldies.

Described as “Glee, with a kick”, Vocal Trash plays to capacity crowds, from Las Vegas to Madison Square Garden, presenting their “wow factor” experience and making them a hit with all venues. Audiences can’t seem to get enough of this energetic group whose “feel good” music literally gets people up and dancing in the aisles.

Vocal Trash combines uniquely recycled musical instruments, such as their “one of a kind” bass and guitars, with an industrial percussion section made-up of metal trash cans, plastic barrels, water bottles and other landfill rescued items. Their hip, yet poignant, presentation teaches children to use their imagination in a meaningful and lasting way as it relates to eco-friendly living. This makes for a powerful and personal tool to reach young minds while enforcing an important narrative to reuse items that would normally end up as discarded, earth burdensome waste.

With a rare display of excellence, synchronization, precision and musicianship, Vocal Trash followers, affectionately deemed as “Trash-Heads,” love the distinctive blend of first-rate singing, industrial style drumming, comedy antics and award-winning break-dancing. When it comes to diversity, Vocal Trash is the ultimate variety show with an urban feel and Broadway appeal.

While Earth Day is celebrated once a year in April (22nd), Vocal Trash has been doing their part by incorporating recycling into their shows for years, long before “green” was hip – making them one of the most positive role models in entertainment today. Part stage performers, part recycling gurus – these entertainers make green awareness fun for folks of all ages. Kelsey Rae, star of the show who coined the groups mantra ‘THINK… before you throw it away’ says, “We’re simply presenting a positive message. Music and dance is universal… there’s no better way to reach the masses.”

Touring coast to coast, this in-demand group of top notch entertainers have made appearances on Worldwide Telemundo, Fox 21 in Colorado and Good Morning Texas (both Houston and Dallas), various high profile “Green” websites and numerous large market newspaper publications.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Cory Morrow
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Cory Morrow

$135

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Happiness has always come naturally to Cory Morrow. With his rollicking, soulful, feel-good Texas country, he has made thousands jump on tabletops, shimmy, scream, and suspend worries for almost two decades, like a honky-tonk pied piper––and he shows no signs of stopping. But these days, Morrow is also devoted to something more.

“I’ve always been able to find happiness and help others find happiness,” he says. “But there’s a difference between happiness and joy. Now, I feel like there’s a deeper sense of joy that’s not circumstantial.”

That deep joy courses throughout The Good Fight, released June 16, 2015. The 15-song collection was recorded at East Austin’s 12th Street Sound and polished at the Zone Recording Studio in nearby Dripping Springs, Texas. Reflecting on the process from his home in Austin, Morrow says, “I want it to be right. Looking back on other albums, I feel like I’ve settled on certain things. And this time, I really don’t want to settle.”

Listening to The Good Fight, it’s immediately clear that this is a record brimming with guts, truth, and growth––not compromises.

Morrow sings hard, proving his smooth, fiery drawl has only gotten better with age. The music revels in a life full of love and purpose, drawing on gritty rock, thumping gospel, and Morrow’s signature juke-joint country. Many of the songs address faith and relationships, both human and holy, with urgency, gratitude, and wonder. “I think there has always been a thread of spirituality in everything I’ve done––I’ve always been searching for something more,” he says. “But in the last five or six years, I’ve started to actually find it. And in the last three or four years, I’ve begun to come into really deep contact with it––to walk in it.”

As a songwriter, Morrow has retained his token wit and self-deprecating humor, two traits that play well with the album’s loftier themes. His circle of collaborators continues to expand: Nashville aces Brian Keane and Mando Saenz, along with Texas troubadours such as Carter Beckworth, joined an existing cast of favorites that includes the sagacious Owen Temple.

Written with Keane, “I Don’t Mind” captures the bliss of submitting your will to that of a higher power with piano-fueled, tent-revival panache. “I love the way that it speaks and the truth that it speaks,” Morrow says of the song.

Another track that Morrow tackles with a gospel-worthy aplomb, “Dreams” was penned with friend Matt Davis, who runs beloved Tomball, Texas venue Main Street Crossing. “I think we’re all dreaming to do more,” he says. “I find my dreams changing. They’re getting bigger in that they’re focusing less on me and more on what I can do for others. And that can be a really scary concept for me, because I’ve spent most of my life doing for myself––and that was pretty easy. And pretty fun,” he says, laughing.

When asked what “doing for others” looks like for him, Morrow doesn’t hesitate: “Serving. It’s little things all the time.” He mentions his band, and the urge to care for them as people and friends. He brings up his wife, Sherry, and his dedication to her, as well as their shared commitment to supporting organizations such as the Salvation Army in new, concrete ways. “It’s looking around my community and just seeing where there’s loss or grief or suffering. Is there any way I can be there for somebody?” he says. “Even if it’s for me to just be in the room, quiet and available.”

His newfound dedication to seeking out hurt and need around him emanates throughout the album. “In and Out of Light” explores the ideal balance between consistency and change, and serves as a call to see the downtrodden we so often choose to overlook. He sounds a similar cry on the soaring “Let Us Love,” a chest-pounding anthem pleading for open hearts, and “Hiding Anything,” in which he encourages listeners to “fall into arms that you can’t see.”

“Old Soul” is signature Morrow, gleefully mixing profound and silly to create a song that’s introspective, enlightening, and playful. “I’m an old soul, searching for a new way to rock and roll,” he sings over a flush band with standout guitar and Hammond B-3. A jubilant rock breakdown pays homage to early Morrow heroes like Led Zeppelin, and it’s clear he’d be hard-pressed to have more fun.

Pickup lines are turned on their head in “Old with You” as Morrow celebrates settling down. He penned the poignant “Little Man” for son Bear, his oldest. A four-year-old, two-and-a-half-year-old, and six-month-old twin boys fill his house with a different kind of crazy these days, keeping the Morrows perpetually on their toes.

Morrow laughingly refers to “Running After You” as his “blanket song”––a song that covers all of his boys. “It’s the idea that they’re each individually unique and beautiful in their own way, but all loved exactly the same,” he says. In the vein of “Love Without End, Amen,” written by fellow Texan Aaron Barker and immortalized by George Strait, “Running After You” is a masterfully delivered ode to fatherly love, both earthly and divine. “I want my sons to know that truth and love from the moment that they can actually speak so that when they get older, it won’t be such a far distance from them to travel––to come back home,” he says.

When asked if love serves as a unifying theme for The Good Fight, Morrow brings up the parable of “The Prodigal Son,” and the story’s precarious conclusion: Does the angry, older son ultimately follow his father into the party to celebrate his lost brother’s return?

“I think that’s what the record is for me,” Morrow says. “Everybody is the prodigal son––they’ve gotten lost and experienced love and redemption. And everybody is also very jealous of anybody else who’s gotten the kind of love they think they deserve. I think that the point of that story is that love is there, no matter what. You can’t earn it, you can’t make it greater, and you can’t do anything to make it smaller.” He pauses before adding, “Yeah. I’d love for the record to be about that kind of love. Perfect love.”

Hit Songs Include: Beat of Your Heart, Texas Time Travelin' and Nashville Blues

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Crystal Gayle

$290

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Crystal was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as a member in January 2017 by her sister Loretta Lynn.  The Academy of Country Music recognized Crystal with the 2016 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music.  And in 2009 Crystal was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.

These honors are fitting tributes to Crystal who has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-seventies.  Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep, When I Dream, Half the Way and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, Just You and I.  Crystal has released over twenty number one hits and has been awarded numerous times by the Grammy’s, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, and the American Music Operators Association. 

Crystal is currently in the studio finishing a new album that will be released later this year.  Christos Gatzimos, Crystal’s son, is engineering and co-producing the project with her.  The album will contain classic country songs that had special significance to Crystal in her youth.

Crystal’s most recent album, All My Tomorrows, complements her country heritage.  All My Tomorrows, released to outstanding critical response, is a collection of classic American standards that Crystal produced with Jay Patten, her longtime music director.  The album is an enjoyable masterpiece that bonds her familiar crystalline voice and mature vocal styling with some of the greatest songs of our popular music heritage.  “I feel honored to perform these favorite songs that any artist loves to sing, songs with timeless beauty.”  The fourteen selections range from “You Belong to Me,” “Smile,” “It Had to Be You,” “Cry Me A River” and “Sentimental Journey” to Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Him So.”

Crystal also found great personal satisfaction in recording two inspirational albums.  Her Grammy nominated “Someday” was comprised of mostly original spiritual songs and “He Is Beautiful” contains mostly traditional hymns.  These efforts led to Crystal’s 2009 induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

Crystal has contributed songs to three Grammy winning children’s albums:  Sesame Country (in which she dueted with Big Bird), Here comes the Rainbow, and Songs from the Neighborhood - The Music of Mr. Rogers.  Crystal’s adds her first solo children’s album, In My Arms, a collection of lullabies that perfectly suits her warm vocals.  “I loved all of these songs immediately and the tender and imaginative production makes In My Arms an album that appeals to children of all ages.”

Crystal is a long-time resident of Nashville, Tennessee. When Crystal is not touring she spends much of her personal time with her immediate and extended family.  Crystal also makes time for community involvement.  She was the first recipient of the Waterford Crystal “Celebration of Light” award in recognition of her many charitable activities.

Songs Include: Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue, Talkin' In Your Sleep, When I Dream and I'll Get Over You

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Dale Watson

$115

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.

Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet). 

“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker," Watson says. "But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you’re gonna like what comes out and it's amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists' artist.

The admiration is mutual. "I've been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records," Maines says of the sessions. "My early musical influences are the same as Dale's. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today's artists who still keeps it real country. I'm honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music."

Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW 2015. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.

Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions(PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio).  If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.

Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status.  He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Hit Songs Include: I Lie When I Drink, Nashville Rash and Country My Ass

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Sawyer Brown

$280

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

“There were five of us thinking that we can

This is the life and times of a travelin’ band…”

Those words end the first verse of the title track to Sawyer Brown’s new CD Travelin’ Band. The life and times of a traveling band—if ever there were a band who is well qualified to paint a picture of what it means to be a travelin’ band, it’s Sawyer Brown. Founded in 1981, the band celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, having played more than 4000 shows over the course of those years, logging mileage well into the seven figures. And as the band clearly shows in its new CD, the wheels are still turning and an ever-open road stretches out ahead.

“We are just who we are—period,” says lead singer Mark Miller when asked for some of the secrets to the band’s longevity. “From the beginning, we didn’t want to sell ourselves as something we weren’t. We’re blue collar, working class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.” He then adds with a laugh, “OK, guys from the neighborhood who made some questionable clothing choices in the 80s—but it was the 80s, after all.”

From the looks of the band’s three-decade and still going career, they seem to be guys from everybody’s neighborhood. Keyboard player Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard adds, “It’s always humbling when someone comes up after a show and tells us that they hear themselves or their family in our music. I hope that they can look up there on stage and see themselves—because we can sure look out at them and see ourselves. Every day we’re on the road, one of the best parts of the day is walking around whatever town we’re playing in and just soaking it in—listening to folks talking in restaurants, just watching life unfold like it always does—one story at a time.”

One story at a time—that is certainly the way that the life and times of this travelin’ band unfolds. “What we try to do—what we’ve always tried to do, I think—is capture those moments that matter, and capture them in a song,” Miller says. “It seems to me that it’s really the small moments in life that are the big ones, anyway.” And capture those moments the band has. From the tentative moments of transition that underscore Miller’s evocative ballad “The Walk” to the moment that a guy realizes he just might have found the right girl in the band’s energetic signature song “Some Girls Do,” the band consistently manages to bring to life those moments that all to often slip by unnoticed—unnoticed, that is, until a song sings our life back to us.

Sawyer Brown has been singing our life back to us now over the course of twenty-three albums, and the Miller-produced Travelin’ Band continues that rich tradition. The band has never been satisfied to concentrate only on the two or three songs that might become radio singles; they view an album as offering a more complete picture than that. “We have always wanted there to be a reason for someone to buy and to listen to the entire album,” Miller says. “Maybe on any given day, you’re drawn to the up-tempo stuff—but maybe the very next day, it’s one of the ballads that hits home. I know it’s like that for me as a music listener.” Hubbard adds, “That’s one of the great things about music—the connection it makes. And the fact that different songs forge different connections for me when I listen to music keeps me believing—keeps us believing—that every song matters.”

And one listen through Travelin’ Band and you can see that every song indeed matters to the band. The CD opens with the driving “Ain’t Goin’ Out That Way,” a song that sings of the desire and determination to not give up, to not settle for less, that has been at the core of the band’s work ethic: “Some people just live to die and that’s OK/ But I ain’t goin’ out that way.” In Sawyer Brown’s hands, never-giving-up has never felt so good.

And speaking of feeling good, the CD’s lead-off single “Smokin’ Hot Wife” has feel-good written all over it. “People have asked me where that song came from,” Miller says, “and I just have to smile and think about my wife. I’ve said that the guy talking in ‘Smokin’ Hot Wife’ is the same guy that’s in ‘Some Girls Do’—only that girl who had his number in ‘Some Girls Do’ is now wearing his wedding ring.” Pausing for a moment, Miller adds with a laugh, “And who am I kidding—I am that guy! They say all men marry up—well, I married way up.”

The party keeps going with the Jeffrey Steele penned tune, “New Set of Tires.” “We knew that song was a Sawyer Brown song from the first time we heard it,” says bass player Jim Scholten, whose bass line drives the song. “That groove just won’t quit—plus, how can you not love a song that talks about Perelli Tires and Dale, Jr.?”

The gospel-flavored “Come Along” is classic Sawyer Brown heightened by the added vocal harmonies of Southern gospel favorites Ernie Haas and Signature Sound—and the combination provides one of the album’s highlights. “When we performed on the Dove Awards a couple of years ago, we were blown away by Ernie and Signature Sound,” Miller says. “I mean, the harmonies are off the charts—but it’s not just that. They’ve got an energy that makes you want to jump up and shout ‘Amen!’” Hubbard is in total agreement. “It’s true—I’m Presbyterian, and I still couldn’t sit still while they were singing!”

Having written numerous songs together over the years, including “The Dirt Road” and “Drive Me Wild,” Miller and Hubbard co-wrote “Deliver Me” on the new CD. The song opens with “I’m up on a highwire/ in the middle this time/ I hope somewhere both ends of this rope are tied…” As Hubbard says, “It’s about taking those chances that we all take in relationships—chances that we hope turn out for the best.” Miller adds, “We started the song a few years ago, and as we began working on songs for this project, the final stages of writing it fell into place. I think it was meant to be with this batch of songs.”

“We go with our gut when it comes to our music,” Miller goes on to say. “It’s what we’ve relied on since day one. Even if I can’t define it—and I’m not even sure I want to define what that ‘it’ is—we know when a song feels right for us. And if it doesn’t feel right for us, we don’t want to sing it.” Clearly that musical instinct that has guided them from the beginning is right on the money. The band has gold and platinum albums, with an impressive discography that includes dozens of hits, among them “Some Girls Do,” “The Dirt Road,” “The Walk,” “Thank God for You,” “The Boys and Me,” “Step That Step,” and “Drive Me Wild.” And it’s worth noting that all of those titles just mentioned were written or co-written by Miller.

The band has also put the Sawyer Brown stamp on a handful of well-chosen—and now well-loved—covers over the years, including the non-stop drive (no pun intended) of hits “The Race Is On” and “Six Days on the Road.” The band adds to this list its remake of Paul Davis’s 1978 ballad “Cool Nights” on the “Travelin’ Band” CD. “We’ve always loved this song and we’ve kicked around the idea of recording it for years,” Miller says. “We decided to give it a shot on one of the first days of this project—and when we did, it just felt right. It’s like when we recorded “This Night Won’t Last Forever”—the original was such a big part of our musical memory that we only wanted to record it if we felt like we could do it justice—and if we felt like we could bring our sound to it and have it work.” One listen to Miller’s voice wrapping around Davis’s timeless melody and the harmonies of Hubbard and guitarist/background vocalist Shayne Hill lifting the chorus and it’s safe to say that the band both does justice to the original and makes the song their own.

Perhaps no song is more their own than the poignantly autobiographical title ballad, Travelin’ Band, a standout track penned by Miller that tells the band’s story—and more importantly tells the heart of the band—in song. From playing countless sets in clubs prior to Star Search to touring with Kenny Rogers; from anonymity to familiarity; from mullets to the new millennium—“Travelin’ Band” manages to encapsulate the band’s story, or at least the story thus far, in a song. Hubbard remembers the first time he heard the song: “I sat there speechless when Mark played me the song on his acoustic [guitar]. Every single moment in that song rang true, took me back—every moment. All I could do was sit there and nod my head.” He goes on to say, “Every night we play that song in the show, I look at my brothers beside me on stage and think how blessed am I that I get to share the ride with these guys. And then I look out at the audience and I’m humbled that those folks have taken this ride with us.”

And it really does all come down to those people in the audience for this band. As Mark Miller humbly says, “We’re all this together—all of us. Just like the line in "Travelin’ Band” says, “Now I want to take this time to thank you”—I wanted our fans to hear a thank-you coming straight from me.” It is a thank-you that at this point literally hundreds of thousands of cheering fans have experienced not only on record, but at the band’s legendary live shows as well. Known for their high-energy, no holds barred approach to the concert stage, the band continues to fill venues across the country with the same enthusiasm they have had from day one. “That’s one thing that has never changed,” says drummer Joe Smyth. “The business part of the music business may be changing by the minute, but playing live is still about the same thing it’s always been about: connecting to the audience right there in the moment.”

Sawyer Brown is about connection. In fact, it’s likely safe to say that connection continues to be the driving force of the band. As note connects to note, as singer connects to listener, as each mile of road connects to the one that follows it, the band senses—and forges—those connections every time they record and every time they hit the stage. “I’m a real believer that things happen for a reason—that they unfold the way they do because there’s Someone bigger than us driving this bus,” Miller says. “We know we still have a lot of miles in us. We’ve got our bags packed, got our gear ready, and we’ve got plenty to sing about. We want to see where the trip takes us next.”

Wherever that may be, the lyrics to “Travelin’ Band” will come to life—

And now I’d like to take this time to thank you

And though it’s been a long and winding road

I count my blessings when I see your faces

And I look down at this guitar in my hand

And I take my place

On the stage

In a travelin’ band.

I’m in a travelin’ band.

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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

THE WEIGHT BAND, feat. members of The Band, Levon Helm Band, & Rick Danko Group

$155

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Members of  THE BAND, the LEVON HELM BAND & the RICK DANKO GROUP

Performing songs of The Band,

THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era.  Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy.  The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, and Albert Rogers, who shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in The Jim Weider Band.  Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz.  

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Ophelia", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others.  Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.  

 

Jim Weider

(VOCALS / GUITAR)

Thirty years ago, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Band.  Featured on Jericho, Jubilation, and High On The Hog albums, Jim toured with the group right up until the end and appeared in numerous Band performance videos and documentary segments.   

 

Brian Mitchell

 (VOCALS/ PIANO / B3 / ACCORDION / HARMONICA)

As a member of The Levon Helm Band, Brian played piano, organ and accordion as well as contributing to vocals.  He now fills those same roles within THE WEIGHT.  Highly regarded within the music industry as the consummate musician, Brian has performed with Bob Dylan, Al Green, BB King and countless others.

 

Marty Grebb

 (VOCALS/ B3 / PIANO / ACCORDION / SAXOPHONE)

A talented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Marty’s connection to The Band runs deep.  He wrote for the Jericho and Jubilation albums and performed on Jubilation, as well as having worked on projects with Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson.  Like the other members of THE WEIGHT, Marty has toured with many great artists, including Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and Etta James, just to name a few.

 

Albert Rogers

 (VOCALS/ BASS)

Albert plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of THE WEIGHT.  He’s shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in The Jim Weider Band, and has also performed with Sid McGinnis, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino, Albert Lee among many others.

 

Michael Bram

 (VOCALS/ DRUMS)

Soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leroy" Bram has toured with Jason Mraz and recorded tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame.  His connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon's band, The Barnburners.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

David Frizzell

$150

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David Frizzell is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his older brother, the ultimate stylist, Lefty Frizzell. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes, but David’s voice is even more resonant and nuanced; a perfect instrument for conveying the deepest emotion of every lyric.

While still just a teenager, David Frizzell left home to perform and tour with his legendary brother, working the concert circuit with many of the mightiest names in country music. By his 18th birthday, Frizzell was recording country and rockabilly albums for Columbia Records

A four-year hitch in the military slowed his burgeoning musical career, but upon his discharge, Frizzell was immediately re-signed to Columbia.

David emerged from the significant shadow of his brother to create his own artistic identity. He recorded and charted the first country version of “L.A. International Airport” (months before it became a hit by Susan Raye) and followed that song with a Top 40 rendition of “I Just Can’t Help Believing.” Frizzell parlayed his recording success into headlining country shows in Las Vegas, a bold move that paved the way for other country acts in Las Vegas.

In the early 1980s, Frizzell founded the musical duo of Frizzell & West with the gorgeous and gifted Shelly West, daughter of country superstar Dottie West. Their recording of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” made its way to Clint Eastwood, who insisted on adding the tune to the soundtrack of his forthcoming film, Any Which Way You Can... Despite the fact that every major label had previously passed on the song and the duo. This vote of confidence earned Frizzell & West a contract with Warner Bros. and the wheels began to turn quickly. A small radio station in Tulare, California began to play the album track. Other stations followed, prompting Warner Bros. to release the song as a single. Soon, the song that nobody wanted became a smash hit.

Frizzell & West remains one of the most-awarded acts in entertainment; one that sold out arenas worldwide and produced five albums. The duo twice won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award, twice won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duet of the Year and were awarded the ACM Song of the Year award. They also received the Music City News Award for Duet of the Year twice and Song of the Year as well.

During his duet years with West, Frizzell continued a vibrant solo career. He scored a huge chart-topping hit with “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home.” The record is a country music standard, and has been featured on CMT’s 40 Greatest Drinking Songs in Country Music, making #17 in the countdown. Also, making #6 in CMT’s countdown of the 100 Greatest Duets is “You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma.”

Along with his CMA awards, Frizzell has won numerous performing and recording trophies from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard and Music City News. He has been nominated for three Grammys, both as part of Frizzell & West and as a solo artist.

As producer of the popular Frizzell & Friends series of projects, David brings together some of the top performers in the business for both live and recorded projects. On his own Nashville America Records label, Frizzell & Friends guest performances have included Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, Joe Stampley, Jeannie Seely, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare, Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Johnny Rodriguez, Amy Clawson, brother Allen Frizzell and niece Tess Frizzell. (click for video)

Armed with his vocal gift, his production acumen and his wealth of experience with the many Frizzell & Friends collaborations, David spearheaded a very special project on behalf of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a charitable organization focused on musical education, and co-founded by Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly. David gathered a cadre of music’s elite for a very special homage to Buddy Holly with The Buddy Holly Country Tribute album, (released Sept. 7, 2014 on what would have been Holly’s 78th birthday). The musical collection includes a DVD on the making of the project. The impressive 21-track collection features Frizzell with Helen Cornelius, Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown, Sonny Curtis and Merle Haggard. The album is, in part, a benefit for the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.

In 2011, David released his long awaited book, a tribute to the life and career of Lefty Frizzell. “I Love You A Thousand Ways: The Lefty Frizzell Story” features a forward by Merle Haggard and chronicles the turbulent life and career of one of America’s most influential voices. The book was named by CMT as one of the Best Music Books of the year. An audio book features David’s own emotion-filled narration, along with some of Lefty’s music. David continues working on a screenplay of the story and has received interest from potential partners for the making of a movie version.

A star-studded 70th birthday celebration at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café in 2011 was no mere milestone for Frizzell. More of a stepping stone, the event marked the entry to a “year of giving back” during which Frizzell teamed up with M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) to raise awareness of the dangers of driving impaired, and of the tremendous service provided by the organization. The Frizzell family itself was touched by loss in the wake of an accident with a drunk driver and this project is one way for David to both thank MADD, and strive to help and inspire others. With the moving song, “Say Hello To Heaven,” David touched hearts with a poignant story of loss with the palpable emotion that only his inimitable voice could deliver. The song and a segment focused on MADD was featured in a Frizzell & Friends television special on the RFD network.

Writing, producing, touring and performing... David Frizzell is a timeless and tireless entertainer who continues to share his many gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world.

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Scott Haggard - Acoustic Duo
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Scott Haggard - Acoustic Duo

$110

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Born in December of 1968 the son of  Legend Merle Haggard,  Scott’s life .s well as his career, are tightly woven into the fabric of country music history and lore. He is both a legacy and a legend with an unmistakable voice and a captivating style. Scott Haggard is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his father, the ultimate stylist, Merle Haggard. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes, conveying the deepest emotion of every lyric. As a teenager, Scott had a very deep interest in music, always playing his guitar and singing. As he grew up, he learned several other instruments including drums, saxophone, and along with his guitar, continued to develop his craft. After he graduated, Scott found himself struggling to make ends meet in a poor economy, like so many others, so, he set music aside and began a career as a professional truck driver. He worked hard raising his family. In 2006, Scott decided to return to his music and has been working on that part of his life ever since. Listening to his Dad’s music gave him inspiration to write his own songs.

In May of 2008,  he won the Horizon Award from the Mobile Alabama Country Music Association, which states, “Presented to Scott Haggard in recognition of your outstanding talent and continued hard work promoting country music”.  This vote of confidence earned Scott some important show dates and guest appearances.

To date, Scott has headlined with the likes of Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, Charlie McCoy, and many other notables in country music. He has also performed at Robert’s Western World, Music City Bar and Grill, and The Nashville Palace in Nashville Tennessee. Scott also performed on the main stage on Fremont Street as well as performed shows with Roy “Willie “ Hammock at The Golden Nugget in Laughlin, NV. Scott emerged from the significant shadow of his father to create his own artistic identity. He wrote and recorded his own composition “Living In The Shadow Of Merle” which was released on his debut CD, recorded in Nashville in April 2012. Scott’s most recent tour has taken him to Ohio where he performed at the Southern Ohio Opry, Alaska and North Dakota where he performed for law enforcement and other first responders, as well as their families as part of several charity events. Now home from this tour Scott is working on material for a second album.  Writing, touring and performing…. This timeless entertainer continues to share his gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world.
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Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Knight

$135

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Chris Knight doesn’t like to say much. Won’t chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach. For 15 years, 7 acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career that’s been hailed as “where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road”, Knight has always let his music do most of the talking. And on record – as well everywhere across America, from roadhouse taverns to major-city concert halls – his songs have had plenty to say. But with his new album Little Victories, Chris Knight has taken the discussion to a whole new level.

His first album of new material in 4 years, Little Victories is a record of blunt honesty, elegiac truths and the raw rural poetry of an artist who’s come into his own and intends to stay. And for a performer who’s been compared over the years to Cash, Prine, Earle and Nebraska-era Springsteen, Knight now stands alone as a singer/songwriter that has carved his own idiosyncratic sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream. Little Victories not only sounds like a Chris Knight album, but the best Chris Knight album yet.

“I don’t ever get in a big rush about things,” Knight says. “I can tour pretty good on what I got. I took my time, like I always do. Write a song every now and then. I don’t like to talk about politics, but I do write what I’m thinking about.” And if many of the songs on Little Victories seem to take a hard-eyed look at the current socio-economic climate, Knight – the former strip-mine inspector who still lives in the backcountry coal town of Slaughters, Kentucky (population 200) where he was raised – is upfront about their origins. “About 2 years ago, we had a big ice storm here in Slaughters that just devastated the whole area,” he says. “We were out of power for close to a month, cooking in the fireplace and living by candlelight to survive. Things slowed down to nothing. When we were finally able to head into town, we saw lines of cars for miles outside the gas station. There were hundreds of people outside the hardware store who had nothing even before the storm hit. They weren’t prepared for the situation or for each other. I watched their behavior and reactions, and that’s when I started writing a bunch of songs I knew would be a part of this record.”

Little Victories also marks a reunion with producer Ray Kennedy, who’d engineered and mastered Knight’s seminal Enough Rope and two Trailer Tapes albums and is well known for his work with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp and Lucinda Williams. “Chris wanted to make this record with his road band,” explains Kennedy. “And as we were tracking in the studio, the sounds I was sending back through the headphones were pretty tough and edgy. It made everybody crank their amps up higher and dig a little deeper. The sound of any record is about attitude and how it goes down, and much of this record went down like a rock record. Other than a few overdubs, it’s pretty much recorded 100% live.” This organic approach gives the album an acoustic/electric texture that is both urgently gritty and fiercely expressive, with Knight’s twang-rich vocals to match. “Chris digs deepest of all on this record,” Kennedy says. “It’s the content of his voice as well as the character of the songs. And when you listen to this record a few times, you realize there’s a really unique social commentary woven in. I think he’s one of our greatest songwriters, period.”

The album’s 11 songs purely rank among Knight’s finest. There’s busted luck in “Lowdown Ramblin’ Blues”, hardcore tenacity in “Nothing On Me” and badtempered love in “You Lie When You Call My Name” (co-written with two-time Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack). Buddy Miller provides guest vocals on the ominous commentary of “In The Mean Time” and the ornery regret of “Missing You”. “Jack Loved Jesse” is a raging tale of criminal destiny co-written and featuring blistering electric guitar and vocals by former Georgia Satellite and frequent Knight producer Dan Baird. “You Can’t Trust No One” emerges as an unsettling paean to small-town American cynicism and anger, and “The Lonesome Way” is a gut-punch of slide-guitar, violin (courtesy Tammy Rogers of The Steeldrivers, who appears throughout the album) and bullheaded regret. The humble acoustic remorse of “Out Of This Hole” is Knight at his most plaintive, and the crushed dreams of “Hard Edges” carry a banjo-tinged melancholy. And if the title track not only finds Knight at his most cheerily optimistic (for Chris, at least), it also features vocals from his lifelong musical hero John Prine. “When I was 16, I got a John Prine songbook and learned about 40 of his songs,” Knight explains. “Used to play them for the kids in study hall at school every day. About 20 years later, I finally got to meet him when I opened a few shows for him. He asked me to come out and sing “Paradise” as part of his encore, and I got to play the blonde Martin guitar that was on the cover of his first album. I sent him “Little Victories” and he liked the song enough to be on it.” Chris treasures the moment when the two first listened to the playback of their distinctive twangs rasping joyfully together on the chorus. “‘Prine turned to me and said, ‘We sound pretty good together. Just like Phil and Don Everly.’”

So after 15 years, 8 albums and a still uncompromised reputation as one of the best singer/songwriters in America, what has Chris Knight learned from it all? “I’ve learned that I’m pretty lucky to do what I do and make a living at it,” he says. “I’m really proud of this record, and it’ll be fun to play these songs live. For people who like my music and maybe even for someone hearing me for the first time, I think they’ll find songs on here that mean something to them and they can hang on to. I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I think people are gonna be surprised.” And for Chris Knight, that’s victory enough.

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Jack Ingram

$155

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Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram’s prior work has won him a fiercely devoted fan base as well as reams of critical acclaim, and now Midnight Motel marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, his sound ever evolving while showcasing some of his most expressive, emotionally raw songwriting to date.

Ingram made Midnight Motel independently to avoid outside influences and have creative freedom to write and record. “It was really important to me at this point in my life to avoid thinking about any commercial decisions about the music,” explains Ingram. “Every night after my kids went to bed, I’d go into my music room and stay in there until about three or four, just working out the songs like I did at the beginning of my career. Or while on the road, sit up late at night writing in motel rooms. I wanted to bring people into that space with me.”

And so Midnight Motel turned into an album that is as real and honest as it could be. “Signing with Rounder Records to release this album was a perfect fit because of their expertise and love for good music, no matter the genre,” Ingram says.

His eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes, Midnight Motel features spare, stripped-down instrumental arrangements that highlight the intimacy and urgency of such new originals as “I’m Drinking Through It,” “Nothing to Fix,” “Can’t Get Any Better Than This,” and “All Over Again.” The album’s organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram’s deeply felt vocals.

Midnight Motel was cut with Ingram and the musicians recording live in the same room, with minimum overdubbing or sonic trickery. With understated audio-verite production by fellow Texas singer-songwriter Jon Randall and a stellar studio band including guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Arc Angels) and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Dire Straits), along with bassist Robert Kearns and keyboardist Bukka Allen from Ingram’s longstanding Beat Up Ford Band, the 11-song set demonstrates how Ingram’s artistry has widened and deepened over time.

“I couldn’t have made this record when I was 25, because I just didn’t have the experience then,” he asserts, adding, “It’s kind of a concept record, but it’s a loose concept. There’s the late-night thing, and the travel, and then there’s the concept about not letting go of the important relationships, even if they’re not working. These songs are all about loving, troubled longterm relationships, whether it’s with the music business or my wife or my family.”

The road to Midnight Motel has been a long and sometimes rocky one for Ingram, who was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he’d already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then. He began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and quickly earned a rabidly devoted audience while performing high-energy live shows in bars and roadhouses throughout his home state.

Ingram’s remarkably loyal fans enthusiastically embraced his early, independently released albums Jack Ingram, Lonesome Questions, and Live At Adair’s. His indie success helped to win him acceptance within the Nashville major-label mainstream, and he expanded his constituency with such acclaimed national releases as Livin’ or Dyin’, Hey You, Electric, Young Man as well as the live albums Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy, and Acoustic Motel.

Ingram moved to the Big Machine label with 2006’s Wherever You Are, which spawned a pair of major country hits in the title track, which became his first Number One single, and its Top 20 follow-up, “Love You.” His next studio effort, 2007’s This Is It, hit the Top Five on the U.S. country charts and produced a trio of hits in “Lips of An Angel,” “Measure of A Man,” and “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely.” Big Dreams & High Hopes followed two years later, spawning five chart singles, including the Top 10 “Barefoot and Crazy” and the Top 20 “That’s A Man.”

For Midnight Motel, Ingram was looking to create something different. “Something inside me was itching to do this,” he recalls. “The pressure in my chest was just so heavy that the only way I could get it off was to write these songs. Frank Liddell, who produced my record Electric in 2001, gave me some great advice: he said, ‘Go away and do something great while no one’s looking.’ That became my motto for this project. I just decided that I was just gonna do the best work I could do, and have it take as long as it takes. I didn’t care about trying to be technically perfect; I just wanted to be emotionally available. I can honestly say it was the best recording experience I’ve ever had. The waters got rough, but I really had a ball and enjoyed navigating that course.”

Rather than shooting conventional music videos to promote Midnight Motel, Ingram and noted filmmaker Michael Tully (Ping Pong Summer, Septien) have created a short companion-piece film incorporating the album’s songs and featuring Ingram as a troubled troubadour. The short film was screened at both the Dallas International Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The English Beat with special guest DJ Dr Wood

$180

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The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band's unique sound has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world.

When The English Beat (known simply as The Beat in their native England) rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of massive social and political unrest and economic and musical upheaval.

This set the stage for a period of unbridled musical creativity, and thanks in large part to the Punk movement and it's DIY approach to making music, artists like The Beat were able to speak out and speak their mind on the news of the day, as in “Stand Down Margaret”, things that mattered to them and the youth culture, as in “Get A Job”, and universal matters of the heart and soul, as in their classic hits “I Confess” and “Save It For Later”.

The original band consisted of singer-songwriter Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm.

The Beat first came to prominence as founding members of the British Two Tone Ska movement, with their classic first album “Just Can't Stop It” fitting squarely in that genre. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of that movement.

However, band leader Dave Wakeling never felt constrained by the movement. Dave has always viewed ska as a springboard, not a straight jacket. Indeed, the band's sound continued to evolve over their first three studio albums, through the General Public era (a band formed by Dave with Ranking Roger, the toaster from The Beat), and has continued it's evolution with the forthcoming English Beat album “Here We Go Love”, a PledgeMusic crowd-funded album set for release in 2016, the band's first new album since 1982's “Special Beat Service”. Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong.

Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and songs from his new album “Here We Go Love”. You just can’t stop The English Beat! Louis “sirlou” Kahn ©2015

The English Beat

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Darryl Worley (Acoustic)

$120

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

There are many things that Darryl Worley has come to know in his 15-year career in country music. One of those things is how to recognize a hit song, scoring nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits with the self-penned  “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent an astonishing seven weeks at No. 1 as well as “I Miss My Friend” which came to him via a songwriter friends in Nashville.  He also recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tenn.

“We've managed to do a lot by the grace of God over the past 15 years,” notes Worley. “We're having the biggest years of fundraising now just because we've learned how to do it. It's just a very positive thing that we've been able to accomplish.”

Next up on the charitable future for the singer-songwriter is breaking ground on a wellness center geared toward assisting youth battling abuse of drugs and alcohol. “It's a labor intensive job, but it is a labor of love when you have a chance to really see how it affects human beings,” he says softly. “We've saved lives, and that's what it's all about.”

While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.

“It is a very difficult thing that our people have been through overseas during the past several years,” Worley says, his eyes glazing over with tears. “They just never give in or give up. It's amazing.”

With 2015 marking the 14-year anniversary of 9/11, Worley has released a powerful new combo pack DVD/CD titled Music & Memories, documenting his many trips overseas to entertain the men and women in uniform. The touching tribute to our troops gives a real look inside the active war zones, which Worley has been piecing together for the past four years.

“We wanted to do something to be uplifting for our troops and really shine a positive light on what they do,” Worley explains. “It does that in a big way. It is real and it is raw. There's so much on that DVD that regular civilians would never see.

“There are some funny moments on there as well,” he adds. “You will laugh your butt off, but you will also cry. The reality of what we have seen and experienced is heavy, so some of that will get to you because it is so real.”

In addition to the DVD portion of Music & Memories, fans will also be treated to a 7-song collection, which includes a revisited bluegrass-infused rendition of “Have You Forgotten,” and new songs “In my Book”, “The Bad Guys”, “Things That I Can’t See”,  and “Unsung Heroes.”

“We initially released the music as a free download for the military, but we wanted to get it in the hands of the fan base as well,” says Worley. “So far, the response has been exactly what we were hoping for when we decided to create this project. I think it's one of the coolest things I've ever done. I am just really, really proud of this.”

And if that wasn't enough to keep Worley busy, he also has a handful of other musical projects in the works, including the upcoming release of a Greatest Hits that will feature his three chart-topping hits, as well as tunes like "A Good Day to Run," "Second Wind," "Sounds Like Life to Me" and "I Just Came Back From a War." Besides the hits, Worley also has plans to include a few never before heard songs that will segue into a new collection of music further down the road.

“I am just in a really good place in my life and my career,” Worley says, as a smile spreads across his face. “I have been so blessed throughout my career. I have seen so much and experienced so much that I will never take for granted. I'm definitely not done yet. There is a lot more to come from me in the future. It feels good to start stirring it all up again. I'm ready to get back out there!”

Hit Songs: I Miss My Friend, Have You Forgotten and I Just Came Back

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Lee Rocker (of the Stray Cats)

$230

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.

2011 kicked off with Lee joining the cast of the Broadway's hit musical "Million Dollar Quartet." Rocker stepped in to guest star for 12 performances in January. "Million Dollar Quartet" is inspired by the legendary recording session that took place Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The session was an impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and additional musicians. Rocker played the role of Carl Perkins' brother and bass player Jay Perkins. "The story is especially close to my heart," says Rocker, who was a close friend and musical collaborator of Carl Perkins up until his passing.

2011 also saw the release of "The Cover Sessions" EP. The Cover Sessions is a side project that Rocker has been worked on for 18 months, this record includes banjos, harmonicas, dobro, mandolin, washboards and all types of folk american instruments. Lee put his Americana twist on classic 1970's radio hits such as the Lennon/McCartney song "Come Together", Elton John's, "Honky Cat" and the Allman Brothers song "Ramblin Man".

2012 kicks into high gear with the release of "Night Train to Memphis" a disc of classic rockabilly done like only Lee Rocker can. Here's Lee's thoughts about his newest recording in his own words

"Night Train to Memphis" is a record that i've wanted to make for a very long time, and like an album spinning on a turntable at 33 and a 3rd rpm's, this is my 33rd year of playing music. "Night Train to Memphis" is the soundtrack of my life. These songs are tattooed on my soul. Rockabilly music grabbed this kid from New York, and shook me, spun me round and rattled my brains. I was never the same again.

So at 16 years old, I got myself an upright bass fiddle and I started a band. We would practice in my Dad's garage next to the Olds Delta 88. We would play until my fingers bled. I didn't mind one bit. The music hasn't released me yet and I know it never will.

In the summer of 1980, the band moved to London and we called ourselves the "Stray Cats". I got to say it’s been one a hell of a trip. Over the years I devoured everything I could about Rockabilly and I've played or recorded with the musical architects and pioneers, including Carl Perkins, Scotty Moore, Wanda Jackson, Levon Helm, as well as George Harirson, Ringo Starr and others. The Mount Rushmore of Rock and Roll. Hey, dreams do come true.

The songs on "Night Train to Memphis" are classic's from the early days of rock with the "Stray Cat, Lee Rocker" stamp on them. I recorded this disc in a similar way as they did back at Sun Studio, the birthplace of rockabilly, relying on spirit, energy and passion, not on studio tricks and gimmicks. "Night Train to Memphis" takes me right where I want to be, and where I've always been happiest. Get on board!

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Steve March-Tormè
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Steve March-Tormè

$150

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Steve's extraordinary voice has electrified audiences in venues from the Detroit Jazz Festival to the McCallum Performing Arts Center in Palm Desert, CA, to the Smith Center in Las Vegas, and worldwide from London to Japan, Australia to Brazil and Canada. It might seem an obvious choice that Steve would enter the family business, but he discovered his love for music almost by accident. Steve was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and the former model/actress, Candy Tockstein. They were divorced when Steve was young, and Candy married Hal March, an actor/comedian best known as the host of NBC-TV’s The $64,000 Question Show, but who also starred on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn. An avid baseball player and fan growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Steve's dream was to play for the Yankees. He was a devoted fan who listened to games on the radio in the basement of his family home. Following every game, he’d switch to the Top 40 music stations and sing along with such artists as The Four Seasons, Nat King Cole, The Temptations, Ricky Nelson, and Gene Pitney. With his natural ear for harmonies, his favorite quickly became and remains The Beatles. By the age of 12, he knew that he wanted to be a performer, and at 13 he earned his first paycheck fronting his own band. After his family moved to Beverly Hills, he continued to develop as a musician and his influences grew to include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, and Steely Dan.

Steve recorded his first LP, Lucky, for United Artists Records, supporting it with a 20-city, national concert tour. Upon returning to California, he produced and sang on Liza Minnelli’s Columbia Records release Tropical Nights, which became a favorite of the New York dance clubs.

Following Lucky, Steve received a phone call from noted jazz critic Leonard Feather, inquiring his interest in auditioning for a vocal group that Leonard's daughter, Lorraine Feather, was starting up with her friend Charlotte Crossley of The Harlettes. The recommendation came from Quincy Jones, who'd seen Steve perform at a tribute to Henry Mancini at the Hollywood Bowl. Steve went to the Planet Records offices to sing "Serenade in Blue" and "Blue Suede Shoes" for producer Richard Perry and his partner, movie producer Joel Silver, and got the gig as the solo male voice in the trio Full Swing. After the debut album (entitled Full Swing) was recorded, it was followed with tours of Brazil and Japan. Another Full Swing highlight: singing with his father, Mel, at the Kool Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. Steve sang the lead part on Mel's arrangement of "What Is This Thing Called Love,” previously performed by the Meltones. After Richard Perry sold Planet Records, Steve left the group to pursue his solo career.

Honing his craft as a performer, Steve worked as an actor, playing the male lead in a mini-series for RAI (Italian) Television, and appeared on a number of variety television shows back home. He spent three years as the featured vocalist on ABC-TV’s $100,000 Name That Tune and also hosted two Los Angeles-based television shows, Video 22 (a precursor to MTV) and Box Office America.

Steve’s first solo project after Full Swing was his CD Swingin’ at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, recorded with a crackerjack big band. It also features a duet between Steve and Mel (“Straighten Up and Fly Right”) and showcases an improvised scat lesson between father and son. That disc was followed up by The Night I Fell For You, featuring an alluring arrangement of the Lerner & Loewe classic “On the Street Where You Live,” and a number of Steve’s original tunes, many penned with longtime collaborator, pianist and musical conductor Steve Rawlins. In reviews of both CDs, critics singled out these new songs as “contemporary yet timeless,” and “combining a wry sense of humor and a natural feel for romance, with classic melodies.” Those two releases were followed up by The Essence of Love, a collection of some of the most romantic, well-crafted standards ever written, including “Blue Skies,” “Stardust,” “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” and a playful duet with jazz icon Diane Schuur on “The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else.” His current jazz CD, So Far (on iTunes, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com), combines the most popular material from his first three CDs into one “best of” recording.

Steve’s latest CD, inside/out, goes back to his roots as a singer/songwriter, words and music written by Steve, on which he not only sings but also plays keyboards and guitar. Inside/out was written and recorded in the pop vein that Steve was weaned on as a teenager and young adult and includes cleverly penned homages to Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren and Joni Mitchell. (Available on itunes, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com.)

Steve performs shows backed by configurations ranging from trio to symphony orchestra in venues around the world, from intimate jazz clubs to performing arts centers to festivals. Because a natural interest exists in hearing Steve sing the songs his dad was known for, he did a 28-city cross-country tour for Columbia Artists Mgt. Inc. (CAMI) entitled Tormé Sings Tormé. Steve is proud to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to his father ina show featuring a ten-piece band (dektette) playing the extraordinary arrangements penned by Marty Paich exclusively for Mel, and a multimedia presentation of photos and video clips. A Hi-Def, 5.1 Surround Sound version of Tormé Sings Tormé was released on AIX Records, and won Best Music Dual Disc at the EMX DVD Awards Show in Los Angeles.

In addition to his performing and recording career, Steve hosts his own radio show on the Music of Your Life network every Wed. and Thurs. afternoon. And, he is the weekday afternoon host on 91.1 FM The Avenue in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and KVYL-FM Vinyl in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He can also be heard every Monday morning on KVYL-FM at 9 a.m. Mountain Time for a sports segment called “Mondays with March-Tormé.”

Hit Songs Include: Swingin' at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, Love Street and Say It Ain't So

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Bob Wills Fiddle Contest

Free Event

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Fiddlers from all across the United States will participate in the Fiddle Contest. Join us October 14, 2017 for a Playin’, Singin’, Western Swingin’ weekend at the 4rd Annual Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest.  

Greenville, Texas is a city with a rich musical heritage, and has been selected as the location for a three-day fiddle festival and contest named for Bob Wills – the King of Western Swing.  The Bob Wills Fiddle Contest is directed by Joey and Sherry McKenzie, assisted by Linnea Kenney – with $8500+ in awards & trophies paid to some of the top fiddle players in the country!

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Gary Morris

$165

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

His voice is the only instrument needed to move your heart and soul, and his vocal mastery can hold audiences mesmerized in total silence. He has been asked to perform for every U.S. President starting with President Jimmy Carter. In November, 2015, former President George H. Bush and his wife, Barbara, invited Gary to perform at their home in Houston, Texas, for a private gathering of their friends. It doesn’t matter who is in the audience, Gary Morris is at home on any stage.

Morris recorded twelve albums which spawned sixteen Top 10 and five #1 hit singles, including Why Lady Why, The Love She Found in Me, Baby Bye Bye, 100% Chance of Rain, Leave Me Lonely, and Wind Beneath My Wings. In 1984, his original rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings won both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Song of the Year Award. In 1982, he was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year.”

At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was offered the role of Rodolfo starring opposite Linda Ronstadt in the Broadway production of Puccini’s opera, “La Bohème.” After its run on Broadway, Morris immediately returned to recording and touring, garnering more #1 hits in Country music.

Once again he was offered a lead role on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables at the height of its popularity. Morris had only three weeks to learn the challenging lines and songs. His performance received resounding critical praise and the Drama Desk Best Actor nomination.

His famous rendition of Bring Him Home on the platinum-selling Grammy Award winning international cast album resulted in a Command Performance by Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Upon meeting Morris, she mentioned how happy she was to finally put a face to the music and asked to shake his hand.

Morris is equally comfortable holding a bow, gun, or fishing rod as he is holding a guitar. His love of the great outdoors combined with his respect and compassion for veterans have resulted in his partnering with Project Healing Waters. (www.projecthealingwaters.org)

In 2005, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who were returning from combat. PHWFF uses the therapeutic properties of the serene sport of fly fishing to treat PTSD and other combat related conditions. This program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. Morris is a supporter of PHWFF and is very active in its various programs throughout the year.

Whether it is melting hearts with his voice and music, amazing critics with his acting ability, using his outdoor experience to teach others respect for the environment, or using his gifts to help our wounded service men and women through a difficult time in their lives, there is no doubt that Gary Morris has many gifts to share.

Hit Songs Include: That's The Way It Is, Velvet Chains and Headed For Heartache

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Bryan White - Acoustic Trio

$145

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“It feels a little bit like a dream.”

That was the first thing said by Bryan White, who is blessed to have experienced life-changing success as a country music superstar in the 1990’s, when asked about what is currently happening on the other side of the world with his career. “God Gave Me You,” a song White originally released back in 1999, has been a massive hit in the Philippines for the past year.

The song caught on in the Philippines in 2011, but became something of a phenomenon last year when Maine Mendoza, also known as Yaya Dub, and Alden Richards chose “God Gave Me You” as the theme song for their wildly popular variety show “Eat Bulaga.”

White noticed some international activity on his various social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and then there were “millions upon millions of YouTube views on the song.” Fans had made lyric videos and one in particular has over 33 million views.

Then a friend called to say he was in Manila and heard the song playing on the radio.

The Oklahoma native wasn’t exactly sure about what was unfolding – “your first thought is, ‘seriously?’” – but he recorded a 90-second video message thanking his newfound fan base for their support. It wasn’t until his first trip there in December 2015 that he truly understood the scope of impact “God Gave Me You” was having in the Philippines and other Asian countries.

“It’s just one of those moments where everything lined up,” said White, who described the culture as extremely humble and kind. He suspects the lyrics, which he describes as a message of humility, resonates with the extremely loving culture of the Philippines. “I think it hit people in a way that was very primal.”

He added, “When I stepped off the plane, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real.’ It was an emotional trip for me. I wanted very much to make a good first impression and start building something.”

That something is as big as he’s ever experienced.

White had the honor of performing to thousands at Smart Araneta Coliseum and as many as 5,000 people would show up for autograph signings. Even the hotel staff treated him like royalty. The entire trip was greater than anything he experienced at the height of his success on commercial country radio.

“I think seeing people so emotionally affected with us just being there,” White said, “is when it hit me. I don’t know how these things happen — this kind of phenomena — but it was amazing to see. I remember not being able to go to sleep because I was just so jazzed.”

“God Gave Me You” was originally cut for his album How Lucky I Am.

At the time, label executives wanted to “do something different and shake it up,” so White co-produced six sides himself, while Dan Huff produced the other six. It was a departure of sorts from the producers who had worked on his first three albums. Everyone involved was looking for songs and White was also writing material when his longtime friend and collaborator James Dean Hicks brought in “God Gave Me You.”

Much like White, “God Gave Me You” was a contemporary song, “especially for what was going on in country music in the late 90s,” but wouldn’t be today. Nearly two decades later, White can still hear a lot of passion and soul in the original track, but it’s the lyrics that have held up to the test of time.

“That’s how it’s supposed to happen,” Steve Wariner told White. “Songs became hits in the 70s because the people – they loved it – and it made an impact.”

White’s prolific recording career began in 1994 with the release of his self-titled certified-Platinum debut followed by back-to-back platinum selling albums Between Now and Forever (1996) and The Right Place (1997). He released six No. 1 singles – “So Much for Pretending,” “Sittin’ on Go,” “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” “Rebecca Lynn,” “Someone Else’s Star” and “From This Moment On,” which he recorded with Shania Twain – along with eight more Top 40 singles.

His list of honors include a Grammy, recognition from the Country Music Association (1996 Horizon Award winner) and Academy of Country Music (1996 New Male Vocalist winner) plus five CMT Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards and TNN/Music City News Awards. In 1998, White was voted one of People magazines “50 Most Beautiful People.”

His songwriting credits include cuts with Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes and Joe Diffie, while Sawyer Brown (“I Don’t Believe in Goodbye”) and Diamond Rio (“Imagine That”) both reached No. 3 on the charts with songs penned by White.

Whether he’s on stage at the Opry or somewhere in Asia, White has secured a spot in the musical landscape of country music. He’s always been known as a singer and a songwriter – namely grooves and melodies – and now he’s also regarded for his work producing other artists in the studio. Since first making his way to Nashville, White has grown and matured as an artist.

White is fortunate to have established a legacy thanks to the U.S. fans who initially supported him.

Now his newfound success in the Philippines has taught the married father of two to never hesitate when it comes to writing and recording music with broader brush strokes. He recently returned to Manila to celebrate the one-year anniversary of #AlDub – the affectionate nickname for the love affair of Alden and Yaya Dub – and is finishing up work on an EP he said is inspired by his success in the Philippines. The release will feature an acoustic version of “God Gave Me You” along with a pair of new tracks – “Never Get Around to It” and “Finally Home” – and might include an additional live bonus track.

“I never would have foreseen this,” White said. “I had this experience early in my career, and didn’t think it could happen again. It’s infused me with a renewed sense of energy and gratefulness and it’s made me want to write more.”

He added, “It’s a blessing knowing your music has traveled so far and is still taking me places.”

Hit Songs: Another Day in the Sun, Amen and Call Me Crazy

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy

Free Event With Limited Menu

Use Promo Code "party" at checkout for Free Admission.

 
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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Together for over 23 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins — has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country's finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues it's decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world.

2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, cofounded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger).

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, but introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The band's music has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country's most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.

After 24 years, 10 records, over 2800 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in 2018.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

T Graham Brown

$160

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T Graham Brown was born Anthony Graham Brown in Arabi, Georgia. T’s first performed in a duo, Dirk & Tony before founding two more bands, "Reo Diamond" and "T. Graham Brown's Rack of Spam" . He married his wife Sheila in 1980. The couple has one son, Acme Geronimo Brown

T moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald's, Disneyland, Budweiser, Coors, Stroh's, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Sears, Dodge Trucks, Ford, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Nashville Network, B.C. Powders, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Harrah's and many others. He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell "Run for the Border" television spots.
 
T also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. He was with E.M.I. for 13 years. His first release as an artist for Capitol, "Drowning in Memories", made TOP-40 on the Billboard country charts. His debut album and Title Song, "I Tell It Like It Used To Be", went to TOP-10, followed by "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" which landed at No.4.  His next 2 singles, "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" made their way to the number one slot.
 
His second album for the label, Brilliant Conversationalist, followed a year later and accounted for three more Top Ten hits. A third album, “Come as You Were”, produced his third Number One in "Darlene". ". In early 1990, he sang guest vocals on the multi-artist charity single "Tomorrow's World", as well as Tanya Tucker's single "Don't Go Out", from her album Tennessee Woman.
 
 
Brown joined Broadway icon Carol Channing for a duet of “Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree” on her 2012 album True To The Red, White, and Blue. He also recorded a duet of You Are So Beautiful with Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for her 2013 album At Last. In 2012, Brown appeared on a Country/Gospel album "Working on a Building" featuring a quartet version of the title song with Marty Raybon, Jimmy Fortune, and Trace Adkins that reached No. 1 on the Gospel chart.
 
In 2014 Brown collaborated with producer Mark Carman to produce a new album featuring guest appearances by industry giants; Leon Russell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges, Jimmy Fortune, Sonya Isaacs, and Jason Crabb. In July 2014 the first single from the album was released on the MCM World Media Label. The song, "He'll Take Care of You" was written by well known, award winning songwriters; Dan Penn, Gary Nicholson, and Donnie Fritts. It features vocal and guitar performances by country superstar, Vince Gill.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ty Herndon

$125

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Ty Herndon is a master of the ties that bind. The Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning recording artist has the ability to connect with an audience far beyond his onstage performance.

Herndon has a passion and commitment to his music that continues to play out in his lyrics. “If I haven’t lived it, I haven’t sung it” as Herndon says. With a career spanning two decades, 20 Billboard charted singles and over five million albums sold, Herndon shows no signs of slowing down.

Raised in Butler, Alabama, Herndon has been a professional entertainer since his teenage years. At age 17, he performed at OPRYLAND USA as a cast member of “Today’s Country Roads.” He went on to be a finalist in the first season of the now iconic television series, “Star Search” and was a winner in the male-vocalist category.  This accolade led to appearances on numerous television shows and commercials.

As a live performer, he gained popularity while playing honky-tonks in Texas, and in 1993 he was named Texas Entertainer of the Year.  That honor led to interest from Music Row and a record deal with Epic Records. Herndon made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first No. 1 song and garnered a Song of the Year award (Music Row Magazine). It was also the title track to his debut album, which debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records’ Nashville.

Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including his three No.1s and numerous top 10 hits, such as “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He topped the charts in 1996 with the single “Living in a Moment” and again in 1998 with “It Must Be Love.”

In 2010, Herndon released his album, Journey On. The album was heralded as the most personal project of Herndon’s career, due in large part to the fact that the project represented his first foray into songwriting. The songs reflected the personal challenges and struggles Herndon faced and conquered, and delivered on the promise of hope and new beginnings. The album received critical acclaim and earned him a Grammy nomination and his first Dove award.

Returning to his roots in country music and demonstrating his growth as an artist, Herndon released Lies I Told Myself in 2013. With the album, he found a new platform for bonding with fans. He invited the public to participate in his album launch via a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign that allowed fan investors to be involved both financially and emotionally. The end result was a testimony to Herndon’s affinity for connection; devotees more than doubled the original funding goal.

In November of 2014, Ty Herndon became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after, he made history when he hosted the first-of- its-kind country music event, titled The Concert for Love and Acceptance. The event, designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth and acceptance, received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more. Herndon received an outpouring of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans. Using his celebrity influence for the better good, Herndon is in the planning stages of a new coalition called RALY, (Rescue A Life Y’all) to help save lives and raise awareness for those with addiction or identity issues. A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has also donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children.

One of his most recent acts of giving back was lending his vocals on the tribute track, “Hands.” The single, released through Interscope Records in conjunction with GLAAD, is a musical tribute to the victims of the recent shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Herndon was among a star-studded list of artists, including Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez, Kacey Musgraves, P!nk, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainer and more, voicing support for the LGBT community in the original song. Proceeds from the track benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

Songs Include: What Mattered Most, Living In A Moment, and A Man Holdin' On

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Moe Bandy

$180

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Moe Bandy is one of America’s all-time leading classic country music Artist/Performer.

“Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life”, “Till I’m Too Old To Die young”, “Americana”, “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation”, “Just good Ol’ Boys”, “Barstool Mountain”, “I Cheated Me Right Out of You”, “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today”, “Rodeo Romeo”, “You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me”, “Holding The Bag” And dozens of other chart-toppers. Whether writing, recording new songs or travelling the world performing. Moe keeps one of the busiest schedules in show business.

Some of his noteworthy accomplishments are:

10 # 1 Hits, 40 Top Ten Hits, 66 Chart Hits, 5 Gold Albums, ACM Song of The Year, ACM most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, American Video of the year, ACM and CMA Duet of the Year.

Country music legend Moe Bandy has come a long way from his bull riding days in Texas. Not to mention his years as a sheet metal worker by day and playing Honkey Tonks at night in and around his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. In the mid-seventies when the country pop Kenny Rogers, John Denver and the outlaw sound of Waylon and Willie was at the rage, along came the traditionalist Moe Bandy.

The Texas singer with twin fiddles and steel guitar in the band kept Texas-style Honkey Tonk music alive, but it wasn’t easy. In 1972 Moe met record producer Ray Baker on a hunting trip and convinced him to listen to some demo tapes he had made. Baker agreed to produce Moe if he was willing to pay for recording session. Moe agreed and out of that session came Moe’s first hit song “I just Started Hatin Cheatin’ Songs Today”.

GRC records picked up the song and released it nationally where it became a top 20 hit and that was just the beginning. Moe followed up with “It Was Always So Easy (To Find An Unhappy Woman)” and his first #1 hit “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”. His songs never strayed far from the traditionally Honky Tonk fare. Loving, cheating, drinking and patriotic songs formed the core of his music.

Moe continues to perform to packed houses all over the world. More than anything else Moe loves to perform for his countless fans. Be sure to check out Moe’s website MoeBandy.com because he just might be coming to a town near you!

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Exile

$150

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R. Buckminster Fuller is credited with coining the phrase, “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.” What he was really trying to say was that if a group of individually talented people work together successfully “that teamwork will produce an overall better result than if each person” was trying to do their own thing. That’s a overtly mathematical explanation for a successful band. But with a successful band, you got your math and then you got your chemistry. The end result is an unpredictable outcome of the collision between math and chemistry…with a whole bunch of emotion in between. And when it works out, it’s a miracle.

Exile may well be the most textbook illustration of this theory; if not in deed certainly in accomplishment and longevity. Case in point: How many other bands formed in 1963 are still speaking to one another?

God would probably not singled out Richmond, KY, 1963, as the starting point of His grand cultural experiment. Since the primary industries in this smidge of a central Kentucky community were tobacco-growing, whiskey-distilling, the Blue Grass Army Depot and God-fearing, band-rearing is in nearly direct conflict with the mission of the neighborhood. Cooking up rabble-rousing musical concoctions of rawknroll, R&B & LA-scenster pop are all dern good reasons to cast out the long-haired, mod clothes-wearing, rebellious rascals. So cast out were “The Exiles” as the band was originally named. The lemons-to-lemonade good news in being cast out, in part, gave them their name. It also planted the “sing for your supper” seeds they would use grow their career from that point forward.

As usually happens the first big performance moment is best remembered for what went wrong. Founding member, J.P. Pennington recalls, “It was our big debut in the Richmond City Park, summer ’63. We’d told everyone we were related to and everyone we knew about our big night. We were nervous. It got off to a good enough start then suddenly we were upstaged…by a fist-fight right in front of the stage.”  

With skivvies changed and more tunes in tow The Exiles embarked on a heavy diet of sock hops, pool parties and any other gathering that music made better through ’63 into ’64. Every performing artist wants to hear more than their echoes playing when they are done. That’s why God invented the miracle of garage recording. It’s the classic cheap-but-effective path to musical immortality. Their miracle arrived in 1964. While not all the details can be recalled, the recording of “The Answer To Her Prayers” is a readily cited turning point for the fist-fight inspiring sock hoppers.  

It seems like no time at all now but a long two years later came the seminal “big break” every artist prays for: The opening and backing band slot on the vaunted “Dick Clark Caravan of Stars.” As “American Idol” of its time, the exposure & experience gained doing the 15 minute opening slot then backing the likes of Freddy Cannon, Bryan Hyland and B. J. Thomas was wrapped in the package of great advice dispensed by Mr. Clark himself. After several shows he recognized the potential and boiled it down the primary essence. To J.P. it seems like yesterday Clark delivered his cogent career advice. “We had just finished a blazing show and were beside ourselves. We thought we’d done about as good a job could be done when Dick came over and gathered us around him. He looked us all right in the eye and said, ‘boys, you aren’t out here to entertain yourselves; it’s about the people who bought the tickets. Never forget your audience.’ ” It’s the band’s mantra to this day.

1967 found the band residents of the Big Apple all sharing a one-bedroom 4th story walk-up apartment on the upper west side. When Central Kentucky decides to take mid-town there’s gonna be a learning curve. Communicating with the locals, running with the “Blade Runner” traffic & how to get a slice without getting cut are the kindergarten lessons. They coped by moving in and unpacking their tried-and-true play-live-and-loud tools. The performance-addicted band utilized the band-on-the-lunge method & assaulted the area’s vibrant music scene. In their own way they stood out as soon as they drove up to a gig. It was unclear what their chosen mode of transportation said about their hopes or image. A hearse is either a sign of obtusely dark sense-of-humor or things to come.  

For The Exiles the crucial “thing to come” was a record deal with Clive Davis’ Columbia Records. The recordings were highlighted by “Church Street Revival,” a song written, produced and performed with Tommy James who was as bright a star in the musical universe as there was at the time. They met opening a show for him in Baton Rouge that wowed the white hot star enough to offer his tune and talents.

It was straight to the Columbia studios for marathon 30-solid-hour session to cut this track. It also brought J.P. the first cut of his young songwriting career for the B-side, “John Weatherman.” In 30 hours you can think of everything; except maybe a way home. Midtown gas stations closed long before the track was wrapped and they were on empty. Time on the road spawns a strange brew of skills. Ironically among them is siphoning gas. But this was a band with a conscience: they left cash under the windshield wipers of the “vampired” vehicles. Considering it was cash left out in the open on cars on a New York City street they will not take bets as to whether it was still there when the owners returned to their fuel-lightened rides. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Although the road took them out of New York for a couple of years, it brought them back for a second all-in-one-room arrangement in 1968. This time it was the venal Broadway Central Hotel near the not-so-upper-west-side Bowery. No place does skid row like NYC & the Bowery. Only Army-cots-as-beds can make it the completely unforgettable experience. It brings its own share of history being known as the birthplace of Major League Baseball hosting the formation of the league’s first team, the Cincinnati Redlegs…along with birthing more cockroaches and rats than NASA could count.

Their collective experience to that point taught them they were one skill set short of a total band: songwriting. Their Bowery proximity fueled the motivation to write their own music which has transformed musicians to artists since time immortal. That motivation is best summed up by oft-repeated, seldom-thought-through phrase: “Well, hell. I can do that.” By 1971 they were writing incessantly. Shows & records from that point were dominated by their homegrown songs. It’s the whet stone for an image and the sharp edge on identity.  

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Restless Heart

$210

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Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart can remember the exact moment and place his life began to change forever.

“I was driving east on I-40 from West Nashville into town to an appointment,” he recalls. “Back then, I was listening to what we were doing in my Jeep Cherokee every day. I had turned the radio on, and ‘Let The Heartache Ride’ was right in the middle of the acapella intro.”

Stewart had been living with the song for a while, and hearing it through his car speakers wasn’t that big of a deal – until he looked at the stereo and saw the numbers 97.9. “It didn’t sink in because I had it in the tape deck for days, then I realized ‘That’s the radio. It’s WSIX.’ I pulled over on the shoulder around White Bridge Road and sat there with my car idling. It was like yesterday.”

‘Yesterday’ has come full circle for Restless Heart. Then one of Nashville’s newest acts, the band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2013, and Dave Innis enjoys the musical ride as much as ever.

“I think it’s been an amazing legacy, and it’s been such an honor to have been part of an organization that is still together doing it after thirty years with the same five original guys, and it’s more fun than ever.”

John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Larry Stewart – the men who make up Restless Heart have enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy. Those stats aside, Innis feels that their career goes much deeper than that.

“In the past few years, we have really started to branch out in the community, particularly our work with the Nashville Rescue Mission. We have hosted an event called Restless Heart & Friends – Music With A Mission that we do at the Schermerhorn Center with the Nashville Symphony. We invite a lot of our friends in the industry across all genres who join us, and all of the money we raise goes to the Nashville Rescue Mission. The other thing that stands out is the tours we have done in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. We did some tours with the Air Force, going all over the world.”

Those audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records, and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.”

And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make. “We are still at the top of our game when it comes to singing and playing together. We’ve got some projects we’re working on, and we want to put the Restless Heart brand out to music fans again – to let them know we’re still here and making good music. We’re really looking forward, not trying to rest on our past laurels, we really want to do some new music. We have some fun things we’re considering to celebrate the moment, which we’re trying to put together, and reintroduce ourselves to the world, and take another stab at something.”

Restless Heart – Thirty Years and Those Musical “Wheels” are Still Going Strong!
 

RESTLESS HEART IS:

  • Larry Stewart – lead vocals & acoustic guitar
  • Dave Innis – vocals, keyboards
  • Paul Gregg – lead vocals, bass guitar
  • Greg Jennings – vocals, lead guitar
  • John Dittrich – lead vocals, drums & percussion

Awards

  • ACM VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR - 1990
  • 4X GRAMMY nominees
  • 7X CMA (Country Music Association) nominees
  • 4X ACM (Academy of Country Music) nominees

The Hits

  • 26 Billboard Hits, 14 Top Ten Hits
  • Six #1 Hits:
  • “That Rock Won’t Roll”
  • “I’ll Still Be Loving You”
  • “Wheels”
  • “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right”
  • “The Bluest Eyes In Texas”
  • “A Tender Lie”

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Julie Roberts

$99

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  • Over 1 million records sold of Julie's first two albums alone.
  • Billboard top 20 country hit with "Break Down Here"
  • Featured in Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, Country Weekly, Vanity Fair and Glamour
  • Has shared the stage with Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban, as well as headlining her own shows
  • Musical guest on the Tonight Show three times
  • Performed on Good Morning America four times
  • Recorded the Good Morning America theme song “Good To Go” and filmed commercial with the GMA cast. ABC used the song & commercial for two years.
  • Performed and Recorded a campaign theme song for Clinique Happy perfume alongside Rihanna
  • Nominated twice by the Academy of Country Music for Top New Female Artist, nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award for top new artist, and nominated at the Country Music Television (CMT) Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year

With her deep, blues-soaked voice that poignantly captures the pain of the wronged and forgotten, Julie Roberts has quickly become a favorite of the fans and music critics alike.

The daughter of an engineer and accountant, Roberts has been singing as long as she can remember. She performed at every opportunity, including class musicals, summer camp productions and beauty pageants. During junior high and high school, she spent her weekends playing festivals in the Southeast. She spent summers working at music shows in Carowinds, a theme park in Charlotte, N.C., and Dollywood in East Tennessee. She attended the University of South Carolina-Lancaster for two years before transferring to Nashville’s Belmont University to focus on her music. She performed in local clubs and restaurants until graduation, after which she landed a job as the assistant to Luke Lewis, Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville. Without telling any of her co-workers, she began working during her off-time with producer Brent Rowan, who eventually played Roberts demo to Lewis without telling him who it was. Floored by the demo, Lewis asked to meet the singer, so Rowan directed the surprised music executive to the young woman sitting just outside his door.

Entertainment Weekly awarded her self-titled debut CD an A, calling it one of the most auspicious debuts in years. The New York Times said Roberts aching and resolute hit “Break Down Here” was one of the year’s best country ballads. Spotting her talent early, CMT selected Roberts to be the first artist ever to appear in “In the Moment,” the music networks hour-long documentary on the making of a star. The album was certified gold and led to two Horizon Award nominations from the Country Music Association, Top New Artist and Top New Female Vocalist nominations from the Academy of Country Music, as well as a Breakthrough Artist nomination from the CMT Awards. She delivered two memorable performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was chosen over artists in all musical genres to sing the Good To Go theme song of the television show Good Morning America and joined pop superstar Rihanna in a Clinique HAPPY campaign.

Roberts followed this with the equally critically acclaimed sophomore release Men & Mascara, joining with veteran producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack.) Showing her maturity as an artist, vocalist and writer, Roberts co-wrote four tracks on the CD. Acclaimed music critic Bob Oermann called the title track and first single “captivating in the extreme.”

After a few years of non-stop touring, appearances and walking on some of the nation’s most famous stages, Julie took some time away from the spotlight to focus on herself. She moved to Hollywood, CA…living on her own, studying acting and spending much time on an ongoing project of writing a screenplay based on her life with the writer of the award winning movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, the story of one of Julie’s inspirations, Loretta Lynn.

After nearly a year in California, Roberts knew it was time to return to her love, making music. She moved back to Nashville with a newly revived confidence and passion to create. Shortly after her return to Nashville, the devastating flood of May 2010 left Julie and many others without a home. The flood recovery stalled the release of her third album by a year. By June 2011 though, Julie had aligned herself with some of Nashville’s elite songwriters and musicians, focusing on what she loves best…those emotional and heart-felt songs for which country music is known. By doing so, she released her first independent album, “Alive,” on her own label, Ain’t Skeerd Records.

The Washington Post defined the album by calling it, “an album in which she traffics in familiar heartbreak but delivers her lyrics with a little more fire in her lungs. The music is striking.”

Julie rounded out 2011 with the second release from her own label, a Christmas EP, “Who Needs Mistletoe,” which received great praise from the New York Times, which called the title track, “one of several great songs on this release, which might be Ms. Roberts’s best work since her smoldering self-titled 2004 debut. Like that album, this EP is spare and desperate-sounding, with plenty of spaces for Ms. Roberts’s lovely husky voice to seep into.”

Knowing she is truly blessed to be doing what she loves, Roberts spends much of her time, when not working on music, sharing her talent with several charity organizations close to her heart. She recently joined with the organization Magdalene as the first female country artist to embark on a women’s prisons tour…performing, sharing her story and providing hope along the way.

Many doors have opened changing the life of the petite blonde who has fond memories of singing along to the country songs blaring out of the radio in her mother’s white truck in Carolina. She’s learned a tremendous amount about life and herself on this remarkable journey, from white trucks to red carpets… and it is just beginning.

Doors Open: 6:30PM

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Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Jeremy McComb & Rick Huckaby Song Swap

$99

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Jeremy McComb

After tour managing the biggest comedy tour in the country ( Larry the Cable guy / Blue Collar Comedy Tour ), writing songs for movie soundtracks (one of which was nominated for a Grammy) and  other projects topping 6 million + in sales along with releasing  3 Nationally Charting singles: “ Wagon Wheel “, “ This Town Needs a bar ” & “ Cold ” . McComb is a performer who has seen it all.

While spending time with major & major independent record deals, Now enjoys his success as a fiercely Independent entertainer.

“My Side of Town” was picked by People Magazine as “Nine stars to Watch”, received countless 4+ star reviews including “Country Weekly” who called it “one of the years most encouraging albums” .

McCombs next release “LEAP & The net will appear” was self produced / independently released and spawned a 2012 summertime single “Easy as Breathin” Co-written by Jeremy and (Meghan Trainor Producer & Grammy Nominee) Kevin Kadish.

2016 / 2017 have marked  major career milestones for McComb, Partnered with Caribbean’s Finest Rum to promote the new brand roll out nationwide, along with artist deals with:

Branded Bills Hats, TV Jones Guitars, Shure Pro Audio, and Grace Design Pro-audio.

Rick Huckaby

Rick Huckaby, or “Huck” as he is referred to, is a Nashville, TN singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His sound is like none other heard in country music today combining influences as rare as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, and Keith Whitley. His lyrical honesty and vocal integrity is something of a rarity these days and his ability to incorporate such a wide variety of musical genres inspires those who take the time to listen.

Huck was born in Baton Rouge, LA as the son of the legendary basketball coach, Rick Huckabay Sr, (Rick took the “a” out at the end of his last name as not to confuse the pronunciation). In 1983, Coach Huckabay left his position as the assistant men’s basketball coach at LSU and moved his wife and two children (Rick and his brother Andy) to Huntington, WV to take the head-coaching job of the men’s basketball team at Marshall University. It was here where Huck’s musical journey would begin.

Rick started out as a drummer and began playing in bands when he was a freshman in high school. One night at a local talent show, the lead singer got cold feet and “no showed” on the gig, ironically introducing Rick's voice to the world for the first time.

After high school, Rick fronted several bands but his group “Front Page” was the most successful and on the strength of Rick’s original compositions, the band won the Jimmy Dean True Value Hardware Store Regional talent competition. After this achievement, Rick knew he needed to be in Nashville so he loaded up and moved there in 1996. After 2 years of working construction for an asphalt company, Rick landed a dream gig as the acoustic guitar player for country music superstar, Tracy Lawrence.

Rick was in Tracy’s band for 5 years and wrote 10 songs that were recorded on various Tracy Lawrence albums during that time. In 2002, Paul Worley signed Rick to a record deal with Warner Brothers and after 4 years in the “artist protection program”, Rick cut ties with the major label.

In 2007, Rick and his brother Andy formed the independent record label and publishing company, Head Coach Music, in honor of their father who passed away from cancer in 2006. Rick was finally able to get an album to his fans entitled “Call Me Huck” which received significant critical acclaim.

While touring and promoting his music to radio, Rick also wrote the top 20 single released by Trace Adkins in 2008, “Muddy Water”. Rick continues to write songs for other artists and can be seen regularly with his band in Nashville and across the United States. His brand new album, “Hittin’ My Stride”, is the culmination of his musical identity and diverse influences and captures the true spirit of his sound.

Doors Open: 6:30pm
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Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Daryle Singletary

$180

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Hardcore country traditionalist, Daryle Singletary, has built a career based on musical integrity.

“When I moved to Nashville in 1990, I left Georgia telling my Daddy, ‘I want to make my living in country music,’” Daryle recalls. “I didn’t tell him I wanted to be played on the radio every day or be on a video channel every day. I said, ‘I want to make a living playing for the people who enjoy my kind of music.’ Fortunately and thankfully, I have been able to do that since 1995. 

“We’ve been very fortunate to stay on the road, year in, year out. I continue to work and continue to build a fan base. There are still people out there who want to hear traditional country music. I’ve been fortunate to be able to always keep it real and not have to compromise. I can’t ask for nothin’ better, I don’t guess.”

Daryle Singletary earned his notoriety for country authenticity with such unforgettable hits as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.” His newest album, “There’s Still A Little Country Left” , finds the country singer smack dab in the middle of what he loves the most, traditional Country music. On past albums, some of the greatest talents in his industry have lined up to sing with Daryle, including the late George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson and Rhonda Vincent. On “There’s Still A Little Country Left”, Daryle finds harmony vocal assistance from Grand Ole Opry member Vince Gill on the poignant and moving “Say Hello To Heaven.”

Daryle is from rural Georgia. His father is a retired postmaster and his mother is a hair dresser. They sang gospel music on weekends. By the time he reached his teens, Daryle was a rabid country music fan, enthralled by the sounds of Keith Whitley and his all-time favorite, Randy Travis. 

He moved to Nashville in the fall of 1990 and made the rounds of Music City’s nightclub talent contests, picking up $100 here and there. Producer Greg Cole began playing drums in his band at a club called The Broken Spoke. Daryle recorded a pair of singles for the independent label Evergreen Records in 1992, but neither was a success. In the meantime, he was badgering his idol with letters. After members of the Randy Travis band heard Daryle at The Broken Spoke, they urged the star to listen, too. With Randy as his co-producer, Daryle Singletary issued his debut album on Giant Records in 1995. It included the career-launching singles “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations,” “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Workin’ It Out.” Traditional honky-tonk fans shouted “Hallelujah!” in response. Daryle’s consequent projects included the hits “Amen Kind Of Love”, The Used To Be’s and The Note. 2015 will bring the newest CD release “There’s Still A Little Country Left”, many corporate collaborations and a tour schedule packed with dates from March until December.

When asked about the current state of Country Music Singletary says, There are still great country songs out there. You just have to either write them or ask the songwriting community for them... and say, ‘Look, when I say country, I mean country.’ “And lucky for me, on this new CD I did both... and there are fans who still appreciate that. My fans are not fans of the bro-country movement, which doesn’t bother me a bit. They’re people who like it real, and that’s what I give them. “Like I say, I’ve been very fortunate. I just wanted to make a living doing something I love to do. I’m by no means a millionaire, but I make a living singing what I love, honest country music.”

Hit Songs Include: I Let Her Lie, Too Much Fun & Lovin' on Back Streets

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Fran Cosmo
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Fran Cosmo

$180

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

Performing an ALL-HITS SHOW
Fran Cosmo is best known as a former lead singer of the band Boston. Cosmo performed in Boston tours from 1994 to 2004, and currently performs in the band Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of BOSTON along with Anthony Cosmo - 8 year veteran, songwriter, lead guitar player and vocalist of Boston, Bernie Garzio on bass, Mick Brooks on guitar, Gary Johnson, Rusty Foulke - keys/guitar & a songwriter for Boston, and Tom Moonan – recording drummer for Boston. Fran Cosmo was first featured on Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau’s self titled solo album in 1980, a prelude to the formation of Orion the Hunter in 1983.

Orion the Hunter released an album in 1984 on Columbia Records, which yielded a hit single “So You Ran”, featuring the sky-high vocals which prompted Cosmo’s entrance to Boston in 1993. In 1994, Fran Cosmo was featured as the sole lead vocalist on the Multi-Platinum Boston disc Walk On, which reached #7 on the Billboard Charts and produced three hit singles, including “I Need Your Love”, which climbed to #4 Mainstream Rock Chart, in spite of the growing popularity of the Seattle-Driven grunge movement. Upon Delp’s return to Boston, the two shared vocals in concert, where Delp said Cosmo covered “the really tough high parts.” In 1997, Cosmo was again featured on Boston’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Album, and took an even larger role in the 2002 album Corporate America, with the addition of co-production to his credits as vocalist.


Cosmo was originally formed in the mid 1990’s shortly after Fran’s return from Boston’s highly anticipated 1994 Walk On tour. The group experimented within the realm of Post-Grunge and Brit-Pop which controlled the radio, and it was in this time period that the group recorded several songs which would eventually be released on Boston’s “Corporate America” Album. On January 13, 1999, Tom Scholz, Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo appeared on Rockline
Radio to debut two of these songs; concurrently introducing Anthony Cosmo as the newest member of Boston. The new material included an extended version of Cosmo’s “Turn it Off’ (which lacked several guitar and organ solos found in the final cut) and ‘Someone’, which featured Brad Delp on vocals.


However, masterfully edited and 80’s guitar-laced versions of Cosmo’s “Turn it Off”, “Cryin’” and “Stare Out Your Window” would ultimately appear on Corporate America as a massive departure from the rest of the songs on the disc. Following the subsequent Corporate America tour, Fran and Antonio departed from the band and re-formed Fran Cosmo, former singer of BOSTON in its current form.

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Artimus Pyle Band

Honoring the music of Ronnie Vant Zant's Lynyrd Skynyrd, featuring legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle

$180

Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, full 4 course dinner, luxurious seating, table service, and all gratuities included!

The ultimate tribute to Ronnie Van Zants’ Lynyrd Skynyrd.

More than just a "tribute" to Lynyrd Skynyrd a tribute to the man that defined it. Artimus Pyle has said " If it wasn't for Ronnie, no one would know my name." Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle's career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high energy, true to the music, and true to the era rock group. One of the few that is on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Tony Black, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries but a group with some of the most seasoned musician in the southeast.

The talk of 2011's Rock Legends cruise, APB delivers hit after hit after hit, night after night after night. From Freebird to Sweet Home Alabama APB gives fans the best of Skynyrd with one of men who made it!

Long considered the "wild man" of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle's powerful and distinctive

double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound.

Artimus got his first real break at the Charlie Daniels band's Volunteer Jam. His first recording

lists -- Artimus Pyle, percussion. Then with other work for the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus became known as a powerful session drummer.

Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker, both acts that toured often with Skynyrd, Artimus met with Ronnie VanZant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. The results of that meeting -- Saturday Night Special -- greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus' live debut with the band took place in Jacksonville's Sgt Pepper's Club in October 1974. The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot! Everyone remembers the band walking through the front door and into a crush of people that doubled the legal occupancy of the club. Playing under the hot lights in an over-packed club with an underpowered air conditioner made for a memorable night. When Bob Burns left the band permanently following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 197 4, Artimus quickly got the nod as Skynyrd's new drummer.

The years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the legend behind the band. Quickly developing into one of the nation's top touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year, the constant work and touring paid off.  By October 20, 1977, Skynyrds’ songs had become radio staples.

Hit Songs Include: That Smell, Gimme Back My Bullets and The Needle and the Spoon

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Bruce, Kelly & Band

$135

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If Austin’s happily egalitarian music scene suddenly switched to a monarchy, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis might have to learn to perform while balancing hefty crowns. Already reigning as one of Americana music’s coolest couples, their latest release, Our Year, elevates them closer to the lofty territory once occupied by beloved royals Johnny ‘n’ June and George ‘n’ Tammy.

Not that they would ever seek royal treatment, of course. This duo is way too down-to-earth for “Downton Abbey” airs. They’re Texans, after all. Robison is a Bandera boy; Oklahoma-born Willis, an Army brat, got here as soon as she could. They fell in love while harmonizing together, though it took them until 2013 to release their first officially billed joint effort (not counting four children): Cheater’s Game.

Cheaters Game was very well received and Willis and Robison felt the wind at their backs. They were eager to return to the studio.
“With this album, we feel like we’re completing the picture,” Willis says. “These songs have been poking us on the shoulder, dying to be heard. We just didn’t feel like we were done. We had more to say.”

Working again in Nashville with producer Brad Jones, they delivered their musical thoughts in 10 outstanding tracks, from formidable originals to well-honed covers including a knockout version of the Tom T. Hall-penned “Harper Valley PTA.” Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 hit sounds like a classic all over again in the hands of this pair — and the chicken-pickin’, mandolin- plucking, shaker-grooving players who back them on this tart tale.

On their shared website, Willis describes how she learned the song in secret in order to zing her hubby for veering off the setlist during one of their shared performances, dubbed “The Bruce and Kelly Show.” It went over so well, they not only added it to their set, they made it the album’s leadoff single.

Competitive streaks aside, their harmonies align perfectly on such excellently chosen melodies as the country-rocker “Motor City Man,” by the late Walter Hyatt; T Bone Burnett’s “Shake Yourself Loose,” a beautifully melancholy duet; “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You,” a fiddle- sweetened Statler Brothers hit; and “(Just Enough to Keep Me) Hanging On,” the Ira Allen/Buddy Mize-penned nugget Vern Gosdin recorded with Emmylou Harris.

Willis and Robison also chose “Departing Louisiana,” by Robyn Ludwick, the youngest of three Robison singer-songwriter siblings. (“It’s about time we all started raiding her material,” brother Bruce says.) Darden Smith and Robison co-wrote the waltz-time “Carousel,” which he describes as “a classic country weeper.” Monte Warden collaborated with Robison on the bittersweet ode to youthful innocence, “Anywhere But Here,” which Willis describes as “classic Bruce poetry.” She penned the bluesy honky-tonker “Lonely For You” with Paul Kennerley; and they plucked the album’s title track, a Zombies song, from their annual Christmas show.

“I love the fresh-start, hopeful-promise aspect of this song and the nod to struggles that have been overcome,” Willis says of the Chris White penned tune, which features banjo, steel and dobro backing by Nashville session ace Pete Finney and Austin’s own Geoff Queen.

She’s not shy about admitting some of those struggles are attributable to married life and parenthood, especially when balanced between two musicians with their own careers. Hers began at 17, when she joined her then-boyfriend’s rockabilly band. They moved from Virginia to Austin, where her heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice lured MCA Records’ Tony Brown into signing her. The label positioned her as a country ingénue, a role she played in the Tim Robbins film, “Bob Roberts,” but she sought a different path and they parted ways. Willis finally achieved widespread recognition with 1999’s What I Deserve.

By then, she had met and married Robison, who has become one of country and Americana’s most respected songwriters. His compositions have become massive hits for George Strait “Desperately”), Tim McGraw (“Angry All the Time”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Travelin’ Soldier”). He also has recorded on his own and collaborated with brother Charlie and others as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and harmonica player and producer/engineer.

“Kelly has been singing [with me] since the first recording I made,” Robison says, “and she was the first person who ever recorded one of my songs. We’ve never stopped collaborating.”

The difference now is that they’re not assisting one another; they’re full partners.

“It’s not one of us running the show. It’s the two of us figuring out how to play together,” Willis explains. And that creates a different vibe, especially live. “I almost never worry when I’m onstage with Bruce because I know he’s got my back,” she adds. “If something goes wrong, he can completely take the reins.”

The desire to capture that live dynamic — their “swampier, grittier side” — drove the creation of Our Year, Willis says. Robison calls their style “a modern take on classic country music, without being retro.”

“I really feel like we came up with a sound, the way that the vocals blend together, and it rejuvenated me as an artist and a performer, which I really needed after 20 years,” he admits. “There’s a lot of great duos, and I love that. That close-harmony singing, it’s real organic; it’s a really lovely thing.

“I have to say, I think that Kelly’s voice is just a gift. She’s one of the greatest singers there is out there.”

Clearly, mutual respect is a major part of their glue as a couple, but making these albums has brought them closer, Willis says, adding, “Having these records that we both love is a really positive product of us being together.”

The original motivation was bittersweet, however; Willis was rocked by the death of close friend and fellow musician Amy Farris.

“I realized that I would never get to sing together with her again, and I realized what I had lost. And when you have something special, you can’t turn your back on that,” she says. “Bruce and I had that something special.”

They knew it the moment they joined their voices in song, which happened the night they met at an Austin party, and they still haven’t lost the thrill of making that sweet, singular sound. “I love listening to it. I love playing it,” Robison says. “And I love the sound of the band, how it all comes together. I really do. It’s been a great thing. It’s so much fun. It’s really interesting to think of where we’ll go from here.”

Maybe they’ll play Buckingham Palace one day, though night clubs and dance halls are more their style. But wherever Our Year takes them doesn’t really matter, Robison says, because they’re having the time of their lives.

Hit Songs Include: Cheater's Game, Angry All the Time and Lonely for You

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