The Marble Falls Opry will be staged on Saturday, July 31, at the Uptown Theater in downtown Marble Falls. The show begins at 7:30 PM and admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets are now on sale at Lively Computer in Kingsland, the Uptown Theater or by calling (325) 388-0939 or (830) 693-9996.
Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Tony Booth will headline the monthly show with special guest Landon Dodd.
Booth was born in Tampa, Florida and attended the University of New Mexico. At the age of 14, he won a national singing contest. He made his professional debut with the Mel Savage Band and soon toured with Jimmy Snyder.
In 1968, after founding the band Modern Country, Booth began working in Las Vegas and from there moved to clubs in California. He renamed the group the Tony Booth Band and became the house band at the Palomino in California. He cut his first single, "Big Lonely World," with K-Ark and signed to MGM in 1970, where he had his first hit with a cover of Merle Haggard’s "Irma Thompson."
Booth’s career really took off in 1972 when he scored three Top 20 hits, including "The Key’s in the Mailbox." In 1971, the Academy of Country Music named him Country Music’s Most Promising Male Artist. He was then a nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1973 along with Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Charley Rich.
The Tony Booth band won the Academy of Country Music Band of the Year in 1970, 1971 and 1972. The next year he had five more hits, including a cover of the Doris Day hit "Secret Love" and "When a Man Loves a Woman (The Way I Love You)." He left Capitol Records in 1975. Two years later, he recorded the single "Letting Go" with United Artists. During the 1990s, Booth played with Gene Watson’s band.
Booth was featured on over 3000 performances throughout the United States as Narrator and Band Leader of Tommy Tune’s "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" Booth was also a member of Buck Owens’ All American Show, was a regular performer on Buck Owens’ Ranch Party television show, and made numerous appearances on Hee-Haw.
In June 26, 2006 Tony was commissioned an official Texan by Governor Rick Perry, for his contributions to Country Music in the Great State of Texas over the past 45 years.
Booth joined Heart of Texas Records in 2008 and released his first project "Is This All There Is To A Honkytonk?" in March. The album became an immediate hit and the reviews were very kind to an artist that had not released a project in nearly thirty years. Booth, with his manager Lynn Brown, has been booking dates throughout the Southwest and his fans are proud that he is once again back on the circuit.
Heart of Texas Records released "The Essential Tony Booth" containing remastered versions of Tony’s biggest hits. It was released in September of 2009. His latest project is a re-release of his first two album on Capital Records. The twenty song project titled "Keys In The Mailbox/Lonesome 7-7203" is the first in a series of re-released eventually making all of Booth’s recording projects available for his fans.
Booth is currently putting the finish touches to his latest studio album for Heart of Texas Records which should be out at the end of the summer.
Heart of Texas Recording Artist Landon Dodd will be joining Booth at the Marble Falls Opry Show. Dodd is enjoying the success of his first album "Call of The Wine." The debut project from this Ft. Worth native has enjoyed rave reviews and allowed him to expand his fan base. Willie’s Place on Sirius/XM radio has been programming the majority of the songs from the project along with radio stations across the country.
Kimberly Murray will also be featured on the show. Murray has received extensive reviews from her debut Heart of Texas Records disk "Once Upon A Time In A Honky Tonk." Murray has just completed a successful tour in Oregon.
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Bode Barker, Sammy Geistweidt, Shane Lively, Benny Fred Kothmann and Charley Walton. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information on the Llano, Mason or Marble Falls Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com.