The Llano Country Opry will be staged at the Lantex Theater in Llano, on Saturday, October 2. Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band will headline two performances at the historic theater. Showtimes are 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $15.00 and are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland, KNEL radio or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Gene Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, and raised in Paris, Texas, in a musical family. He first worked as a professional at the age of 13. In 1963, he moved to Houston, where he found daytime employment in car engine and bodywork repairs. He still owns a Houston mechanic shop.
During the evenings, he continued to work the dances and clubs throughout the Houston area. He became a very popular honky-tonk singer around the local clubs, such as the Dynasty, where he was resident for several years. He recorded for labels including Reeder, Wide World and Stoneway before gaining his first country hit with "Bad Water" on the Resco label in 1975.
Capitol Records then signed him and Watson had a Top 10 country hit with "Love In The Hot Afternoon". Further Top 10 hits followed, including "Paper Rosie", "One Sided Conversation", "Farewell Party", "Should I Come Home?" "Where Love Begins" and "Nothing Sure Looked Good On You".
Watson moved to MCA Records and his recording of "Fourteen Carat Mind" gave him his first US country number 1. He moved to Epic in 1985, gaining a number 5 hit with "Memories To Burn", but changed to Warner Brothers Records in 1988, where he immediately repeated the success with "Don’t Waste It On The Blues".
Watson is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and frequently appears on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. His awards are many, but his most important contribution to the industry is his voice. He still sings just the way he did twenty years ago. His fans still come out and he sells out many of his shows.
Watson is at his best with ballads and with his band, the Farewell Party, he has become a favorite of George Jones and George Strait. He continues to perform over one hundred shows per year. He has also just released a brand new album with his two singles already receiving extensive radio airplay.
"Gene Watson has become one of our most popular entertainers," Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. "Every time he works the Opry show, he packs the fans in and they are not disappointed. He counts some of the greatest artists in the business as his biggest fans."
Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Kimberley Murray, Justin Trevino, Bode Barker, Charley Walton, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt, Don Ricketson and Bucille Snotgrass. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.
For more information about the Llano, Marble Falls or Mason Country Opry, log on to www.heartoftexascountry.com..com.