2011-04-14 / General Stories

Fayette County Country Music Opry

Paul Schlesinger Paul Schlesinger The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly Opry on Monday, April 18, 2011 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 month we are featuring:

KIRBY JAMES is a native-born Texan and currently resides in Plum. Even though he is a country boy at heart Kirby sings and plays a variety of music ranging from the 40’s and 50’s to Gospel, Love songs and current popular country western songs. At the age of 12, Kirby traded his accordion for the guitar and has been playing and singing for the last 53 years. He has performed at the oprys in Smithville, McDade and several other places around Bastrop, Fayette and Colorado counties.

GAYLA NIMTZ has been playing and singing since the age of 8 and enjoys all types of music from Hank to Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline to Janis Joplin. She has written over 50 songs and hopes one day to get one or two of them published. Among the highlights of her career was meeting Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Barbara Mandrell, George Strait and getting to audition for the Patsy Cline story on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

PAUL SCHLESINGER is a fiddle player and vocalist from Taylor, Texas who specializes in the traditional Texas swing music of the dance hall and honky-tonk era. Paul received his first fiddle lesson at age 23 from Perk Williams, the fiddler and vocalist on Jimmy Heap’s 1954 hit recording of Release Me. Paul’s musical career began in earnest in 1997 when he began playing with Bill Dowdy, a professional rhythm guitarist from Lexington, Texas. Paul and Bill’s first nationally distributed CD, “Our Way,” quickly sold out of its initial pressing. Paul currently plays with several musical groups around the Central Texas area, including Glen Collins’ Honky Tonk Buddies, Straight Up!, the Texas Pioneers, the and the Stardusters. He also works with the Milam and Lee County cowboy church bands, Broken Chains and Second Chance. Paul’s own Knights of Texas Swing have many standing engagements, and have performed for Subaru of America’s national convention. The group recently served as Texas music ambassadors to Denmark through an Austin Community College exchange program. Paul is currently at work on a new CD, due out before the year’s end.

EMIL HERZIK was born and raised in the Schulenburg area and lived in Houston for over 45 years. He played music in around Houston for over 30 years. In the 70’s and 80’s he had his own band called the Country Sounds. He played for dances at area dance halls and clubs such as the Elks Lodge, Eagles AA Dances & K.C. Hall.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, April 18, for another great night of entertainment.

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