2010-07-02 / Community News

Giddings Rotary County Music Monday

Celebrate Independence Day attending the July 5th Country Music Monday holiday program at 7:30 p.m. at the new Giddings High School Cafetorium. Country Music Monday is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Giddings and they bring to their holiday presentation the voices and music of three fine Country Western singers and instrumentalists, Janice Maynard, Jacob Austin and Jake Keilien.

Janice Maynard is a new traditional country artist from the heart of Texas. Brought up in the musical world of family had a great impact on her passion for music and especially singing. Studio work and cutting demos turned out well and with the assistance of her husband Ricky and her two brothersin law a successful CD led to greater things. Traditional and bluegrass music filled her latest CD, “

Jacob Austin is a young man who has spent more than half his life singing. Jacob became an active member of Brazos Valley Troupe in the Bryan College Station area and began performing in public at age ten. His desire to be a good singer led to voice lessons, winning an audition for recording a children’s CD, and performing in productions with the Unity Theater of Brenham and the Theater Company of Bryan.

Jacob also learned to play the mandolin and harmonica adding texture to their sound. Several years ago they added Mama Liz to the duo playing the autoharp. The trio is now playing for various events all over Texas including charity events raising funds for hurricane victims. They love to play traditional country, ballads, spiritual/traditional gospel, and modern country music, some of which they have written.

Jake Keilien is a former Texas baseball player who put aside a career in the sports field to become a musician. At Lubbock Christian University he found himself playing 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 a guitar. He released his first successful studio album in 2005. His talents caught the attention of the Texas Forest Service who engaged him to become the spokesman for fire safety with his Public Service announcement “Don’t Burn Texas Down.” His newest successful CD “Grace,” features thirteen new songs produced by Keilien himself with a roster of some of Texas’ most talented musicians. Much has changed for the 6’2” right hander from west Texas. He now resides in Warda with his wife, Sarah, and feels good singing and playing the country music he loves.

The regular Country Music Monday backup band will be on stage to add to the entertainment of the holiday program. Admission $3.00 with children under age 12 admitted at no charge.

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