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2010-04-30 / Community News

Country Music Monday to Feature Prince of Western Swing

Three talented musicians, including an eight-year-old who Opry fans have named the “Prince of Western Swing”, will make their first appearance at the Rotary Club’s Country Music Monday on May 3rd. Guitarists and singers Vance Harsch, Richard Wolfe, and Colby Sheppard will capture the audience with their special style of country music.

Vance Harsch, comfortable on stage with a band or singing solo with tracks, is experienced with a variety of styles and venues from private parties to shows of all types. His gentle nature makes you feel at home with him. He has been a favorite for audiences from the north part of the state to central Texas. For the past several years, he as been a favorite of Opry audiences in the Texarkana area. Whether singing a favorite Country Western song or crooning a romantic old-fashioned melody, his audience is always thrilled with his very first note.

Colby Sheppard, the eight-yearold, began singing at the age of three with his grandfather, Donne Colwell. The fiddle and guitar became his instrument at age five. He was a regular guest artist at western Swing Festivals all over Texas and has opened shows with a long line of Country Western stars as the River Road Boys, Dennis Ivey, Jake Hooker and many more. He was privileged to entertain Miss Texas 2007 at her Homecoming Celebration and in January 2008 was presented as “The People’s Choice Best Up and Coming for 2007.” Madisonville is his home with Mom and Dad, Shelli and Troy Sheppard.

Richard Wolfe, taught to play guitar by his father at the age of ten, has worked with the best of Western stars as Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Fiddlin Frenchie Burke, Johnny Rodriguez and a long list of others. His successful solo career is attributed to his unwavering devotion to the traditional roots of country music. At times this seemed to be difficult, but he held strong to the true country music that touched his heart the most. He has mastered his craft and become known as the “Musicians’ Musician.” The versatility of his voice, talent of guitar, ability to entertain and unwavering dedication to the classic sounds are undeniable traits of the man behind the music.

Allen Orts and Carin Sivek Sistares plus the regular Country Music Monday band will complete the program for Country Music Monday, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Giddings on May 3rd at 7:30 p.m., in the new Giddings High School Cafetorium on Highway 77 North of Giddings. Admission is $3.00.

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