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2010-02-11 / General Stories

Frenchie Burke To Headline Fiddlin’ February

Frenchie Burke Frenchie Burke This month marks the 9th Anniversary of the Fayette County Country Music Opry and it will be known as FIDDLIN’ FEBRUARY. The Opry will be held on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in La Grange. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

We are proud to have the renown fiddle player Frenchie Burke. Frenchie was born and raised in south Louisiana. He started playing the fiddle when he was very young and by the time he was thirteen; he was playing with small bands in his home town and surrounding communities. Frenchie was soon in demand to make public appearances on the road. He has played with well known artists such as Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Bush and others. Frenchie’s version of Big Mamou was released in 1974 and soared to a Number 1 position on country stations throughout Texas and Okalahoma. In 1975 Frenchie recorded Colinda which hit the charts and soared to the Number 1 position and this led to a third single. The Fiddlin’ of Jacques Pierrte Bordeaux. Not only was the A side a hit but the B side Frenchie’s Cotton-Eyed Joe was also a hit.. Frenchie is a very talented man and will keep you hopping. Along with Frenchie we are proud to have:

ROCKY KING who grew up in Coahoma and was a member of a band called the “Dance Hall Cowboys”. He presently plays fiddle for Jake Hooker’s band The Outsiders. Along with Rocky we will have ED KUSAK who comes to us from the Shiner area. In 1997 the Country Music Organizations of America named him the Male Entertainer of the Year and he also was featured in the Rural Texas Travel Guide. He has been playing the fiddle and singing for over 55 years.

Also we are very proud to have back with us little COLBY SHEPPARD. Colby is one of Bob Wills’ biggest fans. Colby began singing western swing on stage at the age of three with his grandfather, Donnie Colwell. He started playing the guitar and fiddle at five years old. Colby is a regular guest artist at Western Swing Festivals and at the Texas Opry in Crockett, Texas. He makes appearances with the River Road Boys and has opened shows for Leona Williams and Tommy Horton. Colby entertained Miss Texas 2007 Molly Hazlett at her Homecoming Celebration. Colby has also appeared with Jake Hooker, Moe Bandy and Jamie Richards. The Texas Opry presented “The People’s Choice Best Up and Comer 2007” to Colby in January, 2008. His Texas Opry fans consider him the “Prince of Western Swing.” Colby is the son of Troy and Shelli Sheppard and the grandson of Donnie and Ann Colwell, all of Madisonville, Texas. Along with the fiddlers we will have JOHN BREWSTER who has been composing music and poetry for 44 years and co-hosted Huntsville Alabama’s daily television program which had a viewing audience of 12,000,000. He wrote and performed “Walk On” the featured song at the 2008 La Grange’s Relay for Life. His goal to compose 1,000 songs before he died was surpassed this summer and his new goal is 1100. John will perform “Be My Valentine” which he wrote and also “All or Part of Me”.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, February 15 for a FIDDLIN’ GOOD TIME.

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