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2011-03-03 / Community News

Country Music Monday

The Rotary Club of Giddings, sponsor of Country Music Monday, brings to Lee County great entertainment for the March 7th program with the Country Music stars Joel Warren, Richard Wolfe, Leslie Sloan and Ken Brothers. Program time is 7:30 p.m. with the doors of the new Giddings Cafetorium open at 5:15.

Richard Wolfe has been playing music since the age of 10 when he was taught to play guitar by his father. He has worked with stars such as Johnny Bush, Johnny Rodriguez, Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke and Ray Price to name just a few and has moved on to a most successful solo career. Throughout his career, he has had an unwavering devotion to the traditional roots of country music, even though at times it seemed a losing battle, he held strong to that which touched his heart strings.

Leslie Sloan was born in Tennessee to a mother who was a classical pianist and a father who was a minister that loved bluegrass and classic country music. At age 5 she began her musical studies which included classical violin and during her college years vocal training that took her into the world of opera. When she was 14, her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas and from there to Houston. This musical family soon had their own band with dad playing guitar, brother banjo, Leslie violin and mother the vocalist, playing Opry’s and all enjoying the applause of an audience.

While she appreciated classical music, her first love was country which she sings with emotion and passion. Her recordings have been most successful and rave reviews have been heard throughout the country. “She has a gutsy voice which makes traditional country songs soar and makes her an authentic and talented performer,” writes reviewers.

Reared in Nebraska, Joel Warren relished the world of rodeos and all the suspense and excitement they brought. “I was on a horse every day of my life at the age of 5 or 6,” writes Joel. Several generations of family members were ranchers, so ranching and rodeos were in his blood; however, through the years he became fascinated with stars such as Chris LeDoux, George Strait and Garth Brooks and dreamed of his days in country music. He got his first exposure throughout the Midwest competing in the “Galaxy of Stars”. Though he did not win, he refused to give up on his dream and continued to try to win in country music competitions. The dream came to fruition when he won the Wayne Adams competition and was given the honor of opening for Pat Green.

A move to Nashville helped to hone his musical skills and brought success to a guitar playing singer. A man of few words, the ropin’ cattle rancher has lived his songs literally, stating, “Life’s experiences are proof that songwriting can help you through life’s changes.” What keeps Joel Warren going are his fans who inspire him to keep on writing about his country roots and singing his own brand of country music.

Ken Brothers has been playing guitar and singing country music some thirty plus years all over Texas and the surrounding states. The first Monday in every month you will find him at Country music Monday in Giddings at the new Giddings High School Cafetorium on Highway 77 North of Giddings.

For the admission price of $5.00, you will enjoy an evening of good country music by talented musicians.

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