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16 Mar 10 Texas Music Showcase in Conroe Welcomes Vince Gill

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Editor’s Note: As we all know, Texas music is not limited by the state line. I saw the story below on the Montgomery County Courier. It discusses their upcoming Sounds of Texas Music series. It mentions that country superstar Vince Gill will be a headliner for the series. Vince Gill is, obviously, an Oklahoma native who now lives in the Nashville area. At first glance, he would seem to be an odd choice for a Texas music showcase. However, I had a chance to talk with Vince last year. I told him about what we are doing with the Texas Music Journal. He told me that he loves Texas, Texas music and Texas venues. During the early part of his career, he spent many nights playing in north Texas honky tonks. And he promised me that at some point, he would be open to an interview for our site. So yes, Vince Gill does have strong ties to Texas music. Enjoy the story below.

For more than a decade, Conroe has been home to one of the state’s most popular forums for showcasing veteran musical performers and undiscovered songwriting talent. Vince Gill, one of the nation’s most popular singer/songwriters, is one of the featured performers in the recently announced lineup for the 2010 Sounds of Texas Music Series.

The series of four concerts throughout the spring and summer kicks off this weekend at the historic Crighton Theatre. On Saturday, the STMS kicks off with Grammy award-winner and CMA Top Vocal Group winner Rodney Crowell. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. Opening for Crowell is The Trishas, a girl group known for a unique fusion of musical styles and harmonies – blending bluegrass, blues and country.

On May 14, Mike Farris, voted “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” by the American Music Awards in 2008, opens for Marvis Staples – one of the lead vocalists for the amazingly popular and inspirational gospel group the Staples Singers. Rosie Flores opens for Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives June 25. Stuart is an accomplished string musician, playing the guitar and mandolin in a variety of styles, including bluegrass, gospel, honky-tonk and country.

STMS comes to a close Aug. 21 when Mark Germino and Tony Arata open for the popular country music veteran Gill. Germino and Arata are journeyman songwriters and performers who have written for numerous recording artists as well as performing for enthusiastic audiences across the country.

Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, earned 18 CMA Awards and is a 2007 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five) and is second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history.

Tickets for the 2010 Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theatre, located at 234 N. Main St. in Conroe, are available for $47 for individual shows or $168 for the entire season. For tickets and information, call (936) 441-7469.

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