2010-09-30 / Community News

Tons of Surprises at Country Music Monday

Country Music Monday has musical surprises on its agenda for its Monday night, October 4, presentation sponsored by the Rotary Club of Giddings. Stars, new to the Giddings’ stage as Margie LeBlanc, Sara Beth and Paul Podraza, plus a hometown favorite, Allen Orts, will lift the spirits and keep hearts singing.

Margie LeBlanc has been singing since her third birthday when she sang “How Much is That Doggie in the Window” on the “Little Miss Muffin Show” in New Orleans. Through her childhood years until the present she has been a popular singer in demand by her fans. She has traveled the road through the southeastern part of our land, including Nashville where she shared the stage with notables as Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Gene Watson. She has done equally well on European radio receiving emails from numerous countries requesting CD’s to be aired on their music stations.

She stepped out of the limelight while raising her three children; however, she continued to perform for the less fortunate, the elderly, the sick and more benefit shows for fellow musicians than you can count. She is back on the Opry stage singing from her heart that wonderful Country music.

Sara Beth was born in Bremerton, Washington but became a Louisiana resident when her parents made that decisive move. An attractive 19 year old star who has given numerous performances for charitable causes, she has been nominated for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Angel Award, which honors outstanding artists who give their time and talents to help the children of Louisiana. She has done special shows for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, Relay for life, Hurricane Katrina Benefits and more. Sara Beth has been a star performer at numerous fairs and festivals, at oprys and much more. Her philosophy is “You have to do what’s in your heart. You’ve got to follow your dreams. You’re not happy if you continue to do something you do not want to do. Work to find your own way.”

Upon emeting Paul Podraza you might just get a cold chill down your spine the minute you hear him speak. His voice is a dead ringer for Johnny Cash. He was born in Goosecreek, Texas near the banks of the Trinity River and was raised in a home full of music where he quickly acquired the feel of music in song and instrument. His mother was the church pianist and as soon as he was able, he was a part of the church choir.

One day his father came home with a 45 RPM of Johnny Cash and he was hooked on Country music and the voice of Johnny Cash. “Oh, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day and tell the world that everything’s okay, but I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back till things are brighter – I’m the man in black.” Close your eyes and listen to Paul Podraza, as Johnny Cash, next Monday night at the Giddings High School Cafetorium located on Hwy. 77 one mile north of Giddings. Show time is 7:30 p.m. with admission $3. Food is available.

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