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2009-05-28 / General Stories

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Bill Middleton Plays Giddings

The accomplished guitarist, singer and song writer, Bill Middleton will be the featured entertainer at Country Music Monday sponsored by the Rotary Club of Giddings on Monday, June 1st. Bill began playing guitar at the age of seven in his hometown of West Columbia, Texas. Playing guitar was a natural as he grew up in a home filled with music.

After graduation from high school bill busied himself in the musical world playing with bands not only in his home town but in all the major areas of Texas as Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, etc. He perfected his vocal presentations and his guitar playing and entered the next step of his career in Nashville, Tennessee. Here he landed a prestigious position playing guitar on the Grand Ole Opry with stars as Jean Shepherd, Porter Wagoner, Stonewall Jackson and many others.

After thirteen years in Nashville he chose to relocate back to his hometown in Texas where he now owns "Bills Guitar Shop." Here he gives lessons, repairs and sells guitars. His longtime friend and country music recording artist Trace Adkins made a special appearance for the grand opening of the new business signing autographs and meeting the people in the community. It is estimated that at least three thousand people visited his shop for this event.

Bill, the accomplished song writer, has written many Gospel/ Christian songs. Due to the numerous requests he has recorded a number of country blues, and Christian songs, some original and many just all-time favorites. Music has always been his first love. He still performs with his own band and you can find him somewhere every weekend singing, playing guitar and entertaining people at theaters, fairs, dances, or anywhere people enjoy great guitar playing and singing with that Country/ Blues flavor.

The June 1st program also includes Sally Carlson, MaKayla Forsberg, Paul Schlesinger, Julianne McBride and the regular Country Music Monday backup band. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Sons of Hermann Hall on Highway 77 south of Giddings. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Admission is $3. Children under the age of 12 admitted at no charge. Come early and enjoy a Country Music filled evening.

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