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19 Jan 11 Bluegrass Coming to Texas Music Theater

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(Editor’s Note: The following comes from our good friends at Music City Texas Theater in Linden.)

As February comes around, it is once again time for the Annual Winter Bluegrass Show at Music City Texas Theater in Linden. In keeping with tradition, the legendary Texas Bluegrass band, Hickory Hill will host the event.

Hickory Hill Band

Hickory Hill features John Early, guitar; Bob Stegall, bass; Wes Perry, mandolin; and Jake Jenkins, banjo and guitar. John sings most of the lead vocals, with Wes and Jake adding harmony vocals and occasional leads.

According to the Bluegrass Newsletter, “Selectivity and tasteful arrangement are characteristic of Hickory Hill’s repertoire.” Variety is an important ingredient in Hickory Hill’s performances. The band emphasizes original material, seldom heard “gems”, or songs adapted from other styles of music. Original and classic gospel songs are some of the band’s favorites.

Hickory Hill has always been known for its warm personality and stage presence. Lee Kelly of the Longview News-Journal wrote “…Together, they forge a sound like a drink of cold spring water, guaranteed to clear your head and wash away the taste of ashes.” Bob Claypool of the Houston Chronicle said “…The next time Hickory Hill is in your town, go see them, you’ll love them.”

Hickory Hill’s special guest this February is Roy Hale, a talented songwriter who can truly tell a story in every song he writes. Roy says, “Many songwriters have fallen in the slump of just writing to write. You don’t hear songs anymore that have the strength to be heard for years to come. Songs like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” or “Stand By Me” have a hard time finding their way onto paper these days. We need more songs that touch the heart and tell a story.”

Roy Hale

Roy Hale is one writer who may bring that trend back.  His song style is country and bluegrass and his songs definitely pierce the heart because they deal with life experiences.  With songs like “What A Way To Live, Kids Of America, and Who You Are”, Roy makes you feel as if you’re living in a song.

Roy and his family live in Arkansas and he plays with the bluegrass group The Kiesler Brothers Band.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00. Home-made BBQ sandwiches, chili. nachos, fries, snacks, refreshments and MCT caps and T-Shirts are available in our newly remodeled concession area.

Log on to www.musiccitytexas.org for tickets and information, call 903-756-9934 or drop by the Theater
weekdays 10 am-3 pm.

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