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2010-09-16 / General Stories

Annual Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr. at Fayette County Country Opry

Dennis Ivey is one of the featured performers at the Fayette County Country Opry this month. Dennis Ivey is one of the featured performers at the Fayette County Country Opry this month. The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their Annual Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr. on Monday, September 20, 2010.

The Opry will be held at the KC Hall in La Grange. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. and the doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Admission is only $5.00. The Opry is brought to you by the Fayette County Country Music Club, which is dedicated to the promotion of good country music.

This is the Opry’s annual tribute to the late and great Hank Williams Sr. who on a warm night in June of 1949 with his first number one record spilling out of radios across the country, walked onto the stage of the Ryman Auditorium for his Grand Ole Opry debut. Behind him lay nearly a decade of struggle and rejection in pursuit of this goal; ahead, a little more than 5 years in the limelight. By 1953, literally worn out at twenty-nine, Hank Williams was gone. But he had given country music much of its standard repertoire, a new definition of stardom and a legend so enduring that he is still the model for countless singers and songwriters and this is why this Opry is dedicated to his memory.

CHARLIE HERCHEK is from the Columbus area and started singing in the 50’s and played on the radio station in Cuero and in La Grange.

MICHAEL MACH’s musical influences were shaped very early by his mother Ruby. Michael can remember at an early age his mother listening to Hank Williams and Janis Joplin on the turntable. Those diverse, yet classic sounds stayed with Michael throughout his life. Michael has been performing professionally on-stage for over 16 years. His musical influences today include Neil Diamond, Bruce Hornsby, Robert Earl Keen and Ronnie Dunn. He believes that music is wonderful way to express who you are and tell a story. He resides in La Grange with his wife Tracy and son Hayden and daughter Maddi.

LIZ TALLEY is an accomplished drummer, guitar player, songwriter and honkytonk singer. Liz has been playing music around the Houston area since she was 14 years old. She’s played drums for Frenchie Burke, Wanda Jackson, Tony Booth, Tommy Cash, Barbara Fairchild and opened shows for Mel Tillis, Eddie Raven, and Gene Watson, Her debut CD “Road to You” opened many doors landing several songs on XM Radio/ Willies Place, nominated for several awards, and a couple of trips overseas. Liz has released a brand new CD “More Than Satisfied” and it is getting a lot of attention. It is a continuation of that traditional country sound with everything from Western Swing to heart wrenching ballads, including a remake of Asleep At The Wheel’s Bump Bounce Boogie. This Texas gal is the real deal and is on her way to carving a name for herself in country music.

DENNIS IVEY is at home at the Civic Center in Crockett, Texas on the first Saturday of each month when they host their Opry. Dennis was born and raised in a small east Texas town that had one jukebox and it was in his mother’s cafĂ©. At an early age people would ask Dennis and his sister to stand beside the jukebox and sing along with the records of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell or whatever was playing. That is when he knew that he would one day be a singer and entertainer. At the age of six he saw Johnny Horton perform at the World Champion Fiddlers Festival and he then decided that is what he wanted to do. Out of high school he formed a band and started playing everywhere he could and went to Nashville to record. He has opened for such great western singers as Buck Owens, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, George Jones and many more. He has a CD out entitled “Something Old, Nothing New”.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, September 20 for the Opry’s annual Tribute to the late and great Hank Williams, Sr.

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