2012-06-14 / Community News

Fayette County Country Music

The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly opry on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the KC hall in La Grange. This month we are featuring: Keith Hickle, Brendon & Venessa Mak, Jake Kellen and Sally Carlson. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. and the doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Admission is only $5.00.

Keith Hickle started his life after high school as a firefighter and railroad conductor. As of October 19, 2010, Keith’s life took an unexpected career shift after teaching himself how to play the guitar. He found himself on stage for the first time singing at a talent show in La Grange where he won first place. After that it was all uphill when he moved to New Braunfels to pursue his music career. Only after a few months of being in New Braunfels, he was chosen to be the front man for the Break-N-Even band. After having the opportunity to open for bands like Bart Crow, Todd Fritsch, and Wade Bowen, that is when he started writing original songs. Only a month after he started writing his own songs, he was chosen to play at the Shinerbock Rising Star series in New Braunfels.

Brendon & Venessa Mak 12 year old Brendon has been wowing local and national audiences since he was 5 years old. Performing along with his younger sister, 10 year old Venessa Mak, he plays his accordion and keyboard to the delight of his fans. Brendon taught himself to play the accordion at age 5, and started playing the alto sax with his school band this year. He and Venessa are known for their varieties of duets. Hailing from Richmond, Texas, Brendon Mak will bring his unique mix of Polka and popular music to the stage. Venessa won a bronze medal at the Houston Music Teachers Association piano competition for the 10 year old age group, while Brendon won 1st place for a 13 year old age group.

Jake Kellen Born in the hometown of Waylon Jennings (Littlefield, TX) . Jake credits Camp Blue Haven for his early interest in performing music, because it was there he learned how to play the guitar and sing. In 2005 Jake released his first studio album titled Take Me Home. The CD contains 10 original songs. Take Me Home awarded Jake a top 30 hit single called “Bullet Proof” which remained on the charts for several weeks. This success caught the attention of the Texas Forest Service. The TFS asked Jake to become the spokesperson for fire safety. Jake joined the campaign and traveled the state performing his original Public Service Announcement “Don’t Burn Texas Down”. This year, Jake delivers a NEW CD for his fans titled Grace.

Sally Carlson is no stranger to the Texas opry scene. She started over seventeen years ago with the opening show in Giddings. She has since added Yoakum, Edna, Victoria, Cuero, Corpus, and Lockhart, just to name a few. Sally has been blessed to be a member of several bands, including The Circle C band from San Antonio, Texas from Gonzales and Southern Express from Halletsville. She currently has her own band called Best Friends. Sally also plays in the band for the New Braunfels Opry. She was raised on a farm south of Seguin and now lives on 10 acres with her two children.

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