2013-08-01 / Community News

Lone Star Opry - Country Music Monday in Giddings!

The Rotary Club of Giddings has a full and exciting list of performers lined up for the August 5th Lone Star Opry Program. This month’s show features Abigail Taylor, Bud Rager and Eric Vasquez, along with return performances by favorites Sally Carlson and Ken Brothers.

Abigail Taylor is an 11 year old talented young lady from Houston, Texas who began playing guitar and singing at the young age of 8. She got her first taste of actually performing on stage at her elementary school when she was in the fourth grade, then shortly thereafter asked to play at a benefit in Luling, Tx, which was her first performance in front of a large crowd. Since then she has traveled from Chappell Hill’s Scarecrow Festival, to the Kenney Store in Kenney, Tx to Romero’s Mexican Grill in Houston. Abigail’s favorite new country artists include Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Wade Bowen, while she attributes much of her country music influences to some old country artists, such as Hank Williams, Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson.

Bud Rager is another Texas born and bred singer and songwriter joining the stage. Forty years of honky tonks, highways and back roads have given him a True Classic Country edge. Heartaches, heartbreaks and hard times have instilled realism to his voice that makes you feel every song, whether it is one of his own songs or one of Hank Williams or Johnny Cash’s hits. This Waco, Tx native son is what Texas Country Music is all about.

Eric Vasquez is yet another young and upcoming artist that will be joining the stage this evening. Eric is 14 years old, lives in Dallas, Texas and grew up in the small town of Mena, Arkansas. Eric is a musician and plays multiple instruments, including the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and tenor saxophone. For the last two years in fact, Eric has won first chair tenor sax in All Region Band Competition. Eric has also been the keyboard player and backup singer in a band called Sense of Direction in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He has recently focused on a country solo career performing at the Wiley, Oaklawn, Texarkana, and Cotton Pickin Opries, Six Flags in Arlington, and the House of Blues in Dallas. Eric has also been accepted to attend the Booker T. Washington Performing Arts School in Dallas, Tx for his High School career, which is quite an accomplishment for a student his age.

Sally Carlson and Ken Brothers will be joining the program once again as big favorites of the Lone Star Opry crowd. They are sure to please the audience with a mix of guitar music and country and gospel hits, and as usual, accompanied by the regular members in the Lone Star Opry Band. The show will kick off on the first Monday in August at 7:30 pm at the Giddings High School Cafetorium on Highway 77 North in Giddings. Admission is $5.00 and Rotarians will be on hand to help with parking. Food is available.

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