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2011-07-14 / Community News

Fayette County Country Music Opry

The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly Opry on Monday, July 18, 2011 at the KC Hall in La Grange. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:30.

This month our entertainers are:

MARY DOOLEY grew up in deep East Texas on the Texas- Louisiana border listening to the Louisiana Hayride. As a little girl, her dream was to someday sing like Loretta Lynn. Mary has been singing country music for 18 years and has traveled throughout Texas, Arkansas and Florida. Her sound has been described as somewhere between Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells. She has shared the stage with greats such as Kitty Wells, Hank Locklin, Whispering Bill Anderson and has opened a show for Bobby Bare. She treasures the many friends she has made over the years, and says that as long as there is country music, she will be singing.

BILL SPIEGEL lives in Dale, Texas and grew up at the time classical country and popular music were in their prime. He was born and raised in a small country town of Sharp, Texas. He loved to sing since he was a teenager and had to be content to sing with the radio or the old 78 records. These records could be purchased from juke box companies for 25 cents. He did some singing when he worked for the Texas Highway Patrol at their cadet graduating classes. He bought his first guitar in 1991 at a pawn shop for $65 and while self teaching himself, he met Del Kubena a local musician in the Lockhart, Texas area and they teamed up and later started the Lockhart Opry that has been going on for 15 years. Since then, he has performed at all the area Oprys doing country music, but his first love of music has always been popular music like the crooners of his younger years. He has had the pleasure of performing on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Alaskan waters and in Sherkson Ontario, Canada.

KYLA CMAJDALKA is 19 years old, and a sophomore at Texas A&M studying Agricultural Communications and Journalism. She has been singing and entertaining her entire life, with her first public “non-church” performance being her performing the National Anthem at her dance recital at age four. Ever since then, she has been singing at various events and contests. When Kyla was 15, she began learning how to play guitar from a man at her church. She soon began writing her own songs, and made a demo CD in December of 2009. Kyla currently sings at her church, and also performs with her band, Six Gun Honey at local events and parties.

CHRIS RYBAK really needs no introduction, but we are so happy to have him back with us for a toe tapping good time. Chris is one of the most popular accordion entertainers in Texas and can be found performing all across the state throughout the year. Combining his love of music, strong Czech Heritage, and arousing charisma, this accordion cowboy has what it takes to entertain audiences through his showmanship and fresh enthusiastic musical style. Chris’s show utilizes his talents on the accordion, along with the keyboard, a trumpet and vocals. He has charmed countless audiences of all ages, opinions and musical tastes, as he plays over 150 dates a year that include everything from the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, the German Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Labor Day’s Czech West Fest in Central Texas and many others. He also has taken his music multiple times to Europe, including appearances in the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia (the homeland of his beautiful wife Edita). His CD entitled “Shiner Time” has two hits inspired by his wife Edita and his guitar friend James Rittenhouse, and his recent experience at the Country Festival in France. This CD also debuted at the Shiner Beer 100th Anniversary. Earlier this year they had an addition to their family, a beautiful baby girl Kristina Nicole Rybak.

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

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