A Special Edition of the Llano Country Opry will be staged on Saturday, October 1, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. Tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland, KNEL radio in Brady or by calling (325) 247-5354. Admission is $12.00 per person and the show begins at 7:30 PM.
The Survivors-Darrell McCall, Tony Booth and Curtis Potter-will be featured. Each entertainer will do a set of their solo hits and then join each other for some special duets on the second half of the show.
In 1958, after finishing his duty in the army, Darrell McCall moved to Nashville with Johnny Paycheck to record as a duo. The duo failed but McCall soon found work as a background singer during recording sessions for various artists including Faron Young, George Jones and Ray Price. Next, he began to tour with the bands of Young, Price and the newcomer Hank Williams Jr.
In 1968, McCall signed with "Wayside Records" and released four singles. In 1970, he released his first album, Meet Darrell McCall.
In 1974, he signed with Atlantic Records, releasing the single "There’s Still a Lot of Love in San Antone." The following year he left Atlantic and signed with Columbia records. With Columbia he recorded the hit duet "Lily Dale" with Willie Nelson, which became a top 40 hit and was awarded the "Best Duet of 1977" by Cash Box Magazine. McCall signed with Hillside Records in 1980 and released a single, but then decided to sign with RCA Records. With RCA, he released his final top 40 hit "Long Line of Empties." His final charting single "Memphis in May" was released for Indigo Records in 1984. In 1986, McCall recorded two albums, including one with Johnny Bush.
McCall then moved to Texas and signed with Heart of Texas Records. Heart of Texas Records has released "Old Memories and Wine" "Keeping With Tradition" and "The Survivors" on McCall. He is in the process of gathering material for his next release.
As a boy, Tony Booth showed his talent by winning a contest in New Port Richey, Florida for playing guitar at age 14. He decided to give music a try, and began his music career with the Mel Savage Band. Before long, he was touring with Jimmy Snyder.
Booth’s first single, "Wishful Thinkin’" and album, Country ‘67 was released under the stage name "Johnny Booth" by Universal City Records in 1967. The Tony Booth Band, became the house band at L.A.’s Palomino Club.
In 1971 Booth won the ACM award for Most Promising Male Vocalist. He signed with Capitol Records and became one of several artists to record under Buck Owens. His first single, "Cinderella", went midway up the charts.
Booth released two albums a year for Capitol between 1972 and 1974. The first was The Key’s In The Mailbox which included three hit singles. The title track reached #1 on Cash Box, making it his best-ranked and best-known song. The last single from the album made it to #13, and "Lonesome 7-7203" from his next album peaked right behind at #6. He was also nominated for the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1973.
Heart of Texas Records released "Is This All There Is To A Honky Tonk?" by Booth in 2008. It was followed by "The Survivors" in 2009 and "The Other Side of Love" in 2010. His previous Capital Recordings have also been remastered and will all soon be available for his fans.
Curtis Potter was born in Cross Plains, Texas. His talent was discovered early in his life and he became a regular featured act on local television in Abilene, Texas. "The Bill Fox Show" featured local and regional talent and Potter became one of the most popular entertainers on that program. At the age of 16, Potter was given his own television show and was also a regular feature on the "Slim Willet Show."
In 1959, Potter joined the Hank Thompson show. Hank was impressed with the young vocalist and invited him to front the Brazos Valley Band and play bass guitar for him. In the 13 years that Potter was with Hank, he traveled all over the United States, Europe, the Far East and even a much sought after Carnegie Hall appearance.
Potter’s first major hit was "You Comb Her Hair Every Morning." That song would gather enough attention to become the catalyst of a forty year recording career. In 1973, a shuffle beat record titled "Walkin’ Talkin’ Breathin’ Case of Sorrow" was released by Potter to great reviews. It was followed by a Texas Dance Hall album with Darrell McCall and Ray Sanders. In 1978, Dave Franer signed Potter to Hillside Records releasing two very successful projects.
In 2005, Curtis signed with Heart of Texas Records. Three very successful projects have followed including "Them Old Honky Tonks" "Chicago Dancing Girls" and "Down In Texas Today" "The Survivors" and his latest "The Potter’s Touch." He also made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in December of 2010.
Heart of Texas Recording Artist Kimberly Murray will be on hand with a special album release party for her latest album "Another Day of Lonely." Murray will be performing songs off of her album and autographing copies of it at the program as well.
Other entertainers on the show will include Benny Fred Kothmann, Shane Lively, Charley Walton, Bode Barker, Bucille Snotgrass and Sammy Geistweidt. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.