Country Music Monday
Two new voices will be introduced to Country Music Monday on April 5th at the new Giddings High School Auditorium on Highway 77 North of Giddings, that of Jake Kellen and Alan Fischer. Jake is a former West Texas baseball player turned musician, and Alan is a high school coach and teacher who is now reaping the rewards of a talented song writer, guitarist and singer.
Jake was born in Waylon Jennings’ home town of Littlefield, spending his summers at church camps and on the baseball diamonds. It was at the church camps that he learned to play guitar and sing. He enjoyed country music, performing at talent shows and such, but retained his dream of becoming a pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
At Lubbock Christian University he found himself playing his music at every dorm hall and party in town. The admiration of his fans outlasted his desire to play ball, so he hung up his glove for his guitar. In 2005, he released his first successful studio album titled “Take Me Home”, which featured songs from some of Nashville’s most prominent musical artists. His talents caught the attention of the Texas Forest Service who engaged him to become the spokesman for fire safety. Jake traveled the state performing his original Public Service Announcement, “Don’t Burn Texas Down.” This year, Jake delivers to his fans a new CD titled “Grace.” The disc features thirteen new songs produced by Kellen himself with a roster of some of Texas’ most talented musicians. “Grace” is a country roller coaster full of feel good driving songs of which he is very proud.
Alan was born in Rising Star, Texas, graduated from high school in San Antonio, served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Texas State University. He retired from his teaching career nine years ago and since has been enjoying his musical talents.
He began playing guitar when he was fourteen and was a lead singer for bands when he was in high school and college. “I have played old classics, country and rock for years,” he says. Because of encouragement of family and friends, music has become a good part of his life. He has had excellent response to the two CD’s that he has produced and is currently working on another. “Most of my music is about life’s experiences based on God, family, and country with some cowboys and Indian thrown in,” he says.
“Hank Williams taught me to sing with heart and soul,” says Alan. His songs are varied and original and he takes great pride in being different. Most of all, he takes care to write songs that have something important to say.
Additional performers for the Giddings Rotary Club sponsored Country Music Monday will be Brendon and Vanessa Mak, Carin Sivek Sistare, Sally Carlson and the regular Country Music Monday band. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., with door open at 5:15 p.m. Admission is $3.00.