2013-09-12 / Community News

Fayette County Country Music Pays Tribute to Hank Williams

The Legendary Hank Williams, Sr. The Legendary Hank Williams, Sr. The Opry will be held 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 only $5.00. The Opry is brought to you by the Fayette County Country Music Club, which is dedicated to the promotion of good country music.

This is the Opry’s annual tribute to the late and great Hank Williams Sr. who on a warm night in June of 1949 with his first number one record spilling out of radios across the country, walked onto the stage of the Ryman Auditorium for his Grand Ole Opry debut. Behind him lay nearly a decade of struggle and rejection in pursuit of this goal; ahead, a little more than 5 years in the limelight. By 1953, literally worn out at twentynine, Hank Williams was gone. But he had given country music much of its standard repertoire, a new definition of stardom and a legend so enduring that he is still the model for countless singers and songwriters and this is why this Opry is dedicated to his memory.

ARNOLD PARKER was born in Cuero, Texas and started trying to sing about the same time he was trying to talk. In the early 50’s he joined the band called “The Southernaires” and he and the band recorded a rock and roll song entitled “Find A New Woman”. Also that same year, Arnold and the band made their first appearance on the “Louisiana Hayride”. After the band folded in 1973, Arnold retired. In early 1999 a friend sent Arnold a tape he had copied off a brand new rockabilly CD released in London England entitled “Find a New Woman” which was the original recording Arnold had recorded with the Southernaires. This rekindled a desire in Arnold to go back on the stage and today he entertains on Country Opry stage shows all over Texas.

TRAIL BOSS TROY - Listeners all across the Brazos Valley know and wake up to Trailboss Troy every Monday thru Friday as half of KTEX 106 very own Morning Express with Kellie Outlaw. Born and raised in Bellville he has been with the station for over 7 years, but started his entertainment career in music. At 4 years old he started playing drums and started playing professionally at the age of 12 working with many bands across the area. At the age of 16 he started singing when the band he wanted to play with needed a singing drummer. He went on to work with many successful region acts and has opened for George Strait and George Jones, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Doug Stone, and numerous other national acts, including Ray Price and Merle Haggard. He has also recorded in Nashville and Austin with Grammy winning producer Spencer Starnes.

THE ELDERLYBROTHERS is a Three Part Harmony group made up of Don George, Bill Spiegel and Del Kubena. DEL KUBENA is from the Lockhart area and has been playing music since the age of 14. He was the producer and MC of the Lockhart Opry for 15 years until its close in August of 2011. BILL SPIEGEL grew up at the time classical country and popular music was in its prime. He was born and raised in a small country town of Sharp, Texas. DON GEORGE has been involved in music performance almost all his life. He got his first violin at the age of 7 and his first guitar at 9. He has appeared on shows with Glen Campbell, T. Texas Tyler, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl and many other performers. He was a winner in the Horace Heidt Show competition.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, September 16 for the Opry’s annual Tribute to the late and great Hank Williams, Sr.

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