Fifth Annual Dave Kirby Day celebration, Aug. 4-5 in Brady

Darrell McCall and Leona Williams will host the 5th annual Dave Kirby Day celebration with a country music concert and a dance in Brady on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5. The concert will be held at the Brady High School auditorium on Friday night at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is $7 per person with tickets available at the door. All shows are sponsored by KNEL. The dance will be held at the Heart of Texas Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Chopped barbecue plates will be served from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets for the meal and dance will be $10. Dave Kirby Day honors Nashville songwriter/musician Dave Kirby. Born in Brady, Kirby went on to become an award winning BMI songwriter. He composed over 700 songs including such classics as “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” by Charlie Pride, “Memories to Burn” by Glen Watson, “What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana'” by Merle Haggard, “There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang” by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and “April’s Fool” by Ray Price. The Friday night concert will feature some of the finest country music entertainment including Dave Kirby, Leona Williams, Justin Trevino, Big Bill Lister, Ron Williams, Frank Torres, Kelsey Behrens, Benny Fred Kothmann, Melanie Reeves, Frankie Miller, Jimmy Eaves and Lawton Williams. Leona Williams gained fame while recording for Hickory Records. While signed to Hickory, she released such hits as “Broadminded,” “Country Girl With Hot Pants On” and “When I Stop Dreaming.” She also wrote “You Take Me For Granted” and “Someday When Things Are Good.” Bib Bill Lister began his career over KNEL in 1938. He recorded for Capital Records in the late 1950s producing some hits including “Beer Drinking Blues” and “Kansas City Blues.” He fronted for the legendary Hank Williams and performed as part of the Grand Ole Opry. Ron Williams, the son of Leona, will soon sign his first recording contract. He wrote the Joe Diffie single “Something Like This.” Frankie Miller hit the country music charts twice with “Blackland Farmer.” Other hits included “Family Man” and “A Little South of Memphis.” Jimmy Eaves, a Fort Worth area musician, has released two major projects and sings with his band “Pure Country” throughout north Texas. Country music legend Darrell McCall will headline the lineup on Saturday night during the dance at the Civic Center. McCall will bring his many hits including “Lily Dale,” “Down the Road to Daddy’s Dreams,” “It’s the Water,” “Dreams of a Dreamer” and “San Antonio Medley.” Al Dean, “Mr. Cotton Eyed Joe” will also be a part of the dance on Saturday night. Table reservations may be made by calling KNEL at (915) 597-2119. The Heart of Texas Country Music Association Museum building will be dedicated on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The building is located at 1701 South Bridge Street and houses memorabilia from entertainers such as Johnny Cash, Faron Young, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells and many others.

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