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2013-06-13 / Community News

Fayette County Country Music Opry

The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly Opry on Monday, June 17, 2013 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 $5.00.

MINNIE & ELLA JORDAN - are 15 and 12 years old, and have been playing fiddle and singing for about 9 years. They’ve recently added guitar and tenor guitar to their repertoire, and love playing Western Swing and Hot Jazz, especially standards from the 20s and 30s. When they aren’t home practicing or riding their ponies, they can be found fiddling for tips in Austin. They save their money so they can go to fiddle camps, where they’ve had the chance to learn from and play with such greats as Dick Gimble, Buddy Spicher, Carrie Rodriguez, Billy Contreras, and Bobby Hicks.

PAULSCHLESINGER 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 plays with several musical groups around the Central Texas area, including his own Knights of Texas Swing, who recently served as Texas music ambassadors through Austin Community College’s Danish cultural exchange program, and Glen Collins and the Alibis, who are featured on the syndicated television program “Songwriters Across Texas.” He also works regularly with the Lee and Milam County Cowboy Church Bands, and the Comal County and Thorndale Oprys. This past November, Paul was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Gatesville, Texas

COLBY SHEPPARD is an 11 Year Old from Madisonville, Texas who has been performing Western Swing Music since the age of 3. Colby sings and plays the fiddle and guitar with many Western Swing bands around the State of Texas. Colby has opened up for or performed with Ray Price, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, Leon Rauche and The Texas Playboys and Little Jimmy Dickens, to name a few. He is also a featured artist on “The Shotgun Red Variety Show” Season 1 and Season 2 on RFD TV. He is a member of Dave Alexander’s Big Texas Swing All Star Band, The 2012 State of Texas Champion of 4H Has Talent, 2012 Academy of Western Artists “Young Artist of The Year and 2013 Cowtown of Western Society “Rising Star of The Year” winner.

He has also performed The National Anthem on his fiddle for Texas A&M Baseball and Softball and Sam Houston State Baseball. Colby’s musical talents have opened up some new ventures for him in acting. He plays the part of the 10 year old Bob Wills in Asleep At The Wheels musical “A Ride With Bob” that tours several States. Colby is currently filming a TV pilot in Austin,TX “Professor Isles Laboratory”. He will also be in a feature film called “Cottonwood” by Stacy Dean Campbell that will be filming in 2013.

Also, our Opry band, comprising Mark Lehmann on lead guitar, Zane Crockett on bass, Jimmy Rohde on drums, Craig Schmidt on steele and John Dujka on keyboard, will entertain you with some good toe tapping music. So be sure to be with us on Monday, June 17, for a great night of country music.

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