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2012-08-16 / Community News

Fayette County Country Music to feature Baker Children


Jimmy Brosch Jimmy Brosch The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly Opry on Monday, August 20, 2012 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. This month we are featuring:

3rd GENERATION is the Baker children who began playing the piano at the age of 5 and after playing piano for 5 years they each chose an additional instrument of choice and formed a band. They play at many festivals, organizations, conventions and church gatherings and have opened for the The Derailers and Asleep At the Wheel. EMMA BAKER, who is 17, plays the accordion and at the age of 14 qualified for the National Merit Scholarship. HANNAH BAKER, who is 15, plays the violin and has started playing the mandolin and has aspirations of attending Texas A&M Veterinary School. CHUCK BAKER, who is 14, plays the accordion and is learning to play the bass guitar and is specifically fond of studying weather and would like to be a meteorologist. JACK BAKER, who is 10, plays the drums and likes to take things apart as well as put them together, and loves to help his Daddy repair and fix things on the farm.

MARY KYLE is a 7th generation Texan, and is a free lance writer and health advocate. She’s authored several children’s books and is a staff writer for EmpowHer.com. She’s performed extensively in central Texas and played with numerous bands over the years. When she’s not busy on the ranch, she writes songs, dances ballet folklorico, paints oil portraits and has recently taken up raising chickens.

JIMMY BROSCH, CHARLIE BARTOS and CHARLIE TOUSEK will entertain you with some good toe-tapping music. JIMMY is from Katy, Texas and a native of Praha, Texas. He had his own band for 46 years in the 70’s & 80’s and had one of the top Polka bands. He is 89 years old and retired from S.P. railroad, but later retired from music about five times and is still playing. Quoting Jimmy, “Times have changed for me. Had to give up a lot of habits such as riding my motorcycle and now I am lucky to push my 4-wheel walker.”

He use to fly his own airplane but now has difficulty driving his own vehicle. Since he has more time on hand he wrote a book about 20 different bands. He interviewed all of them and wrote a story about each one and included is a CD with one song done by each of the 20 bands. He will have the book on hand for sale the night of the Opry.

CHARLIE BARTOS and DENNIS TOUSEK are two who both love to play the accordion. It was by pure accident that they decided to play their accordions for the Incredible Knockouts at the chili booth at Czhilispiel. This sparked the beginning of the Incredible Music Makers. Charlie is a native of Flatonia, Texas and learned to play the accordion when he was 11 years old. He is mostly self-taught with the exception of a few lessons from his dad, and learned to play by practicing every day. He loves to play polkas, waltzes, and countrywestern music. Dennis was born and raised in Moulton, Texas, in the vicinity of Cotton Grove. He was 9 years old when his parents purchased an accordion for him to play. He received lessons from the famous Charlie Tousek who had a band around the Moulton area. During his teenage years, Dennis only played for his family, and was even known to play all night long until the sun was coming up. Charlie and Dennis’ dream came true when the Incredible Music Makers band was formed.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, August 20, for another great night of entertainment at a low price.

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