Special edition of Llano Country Opry features Tommy Overstreet

The Heart of Texas Country Music Association, based in Brady, celebrates the 12th anniversary of KNEL’s Hillbilly Hits radio program on March 16 and 17. A concert will be held on Friday, March 16, at the Lantex Theater in Llano featuring Tommy Overstreet and Frankie Miller. A dance will also be staged on Saturday, March 17, in Brady featuring Johnny Bush and Justin Trevino. A special edition of the Llano Country Opry will start the festivities on Friday night at 7 p.m. The opry will feature Tommy Overstreet. Overstreet began his career in 1971 with his first major hit, “Gwen (Congratulations).” The song reached number one in the United States, Canada and Australia. Over the next ten years, Overstreet would gain 26 Top Ten records including, “Ann (Don’t Go Running),” “Heaven Is My Women’s Love,” “Send Me No Roses,” and “(Jeanie Marie) You Were A Lady.” Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Starday recording artist Frankie Miller. Miller recorded several chart records including “Black Land Farmer,” “Family Man,” and “Little South of Memphis.” Johnny Moore, who recorded “15 Acres of Peanut Land,” will appear from Nashville. They will be joined by Dan Roberts, Jimmy Eaves, Sammy Geistweidt, Barbara Lewis, Justin Trevino, Kelsey Behrens, Melanie Reeves and Don Ricketson. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are now on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Pleasingly Plus, Lantex Theater or the Llano National Bank. Telephone reservations can be made by calling (915) 247-5354. Saturday’s activities began with a barbecue meal at the Heart of Texas Civic Center in Brady from 6-7:30 p.m. A short program will be featured from 7:30-8 p.m. The dance will then be staged featuring Texas Legend Johnny Bush. Texas Honky Tonk Legend Johnny Bush began his career as a member of Ray Prices’ Cherokee Cowboys. He then joined Willie Nelson as a drummer and member of the Record Men. His recording career began to take off in the late 1960s with songs like “Green Snakes On The Ceiling,” “My Cup Runneth Over,” “Undo the Right,” “Jim, Jack and Rose,” and “There Stands The Glass.” In 1973, Bush wrote and recorded “Whiskey River.” That song captured the top 20 and would become an anthem for Willie Nelson. Nelson has recorded the song on 13 albums. Bush’s latest album, “Lost Highway Saloon,” is on Lonestar Records. Admission to the dinner and dance is $10 per person and it’s BYOB. Table reservations can be made for the dance by calling KNEL at (915) 597-2119. The activities are scheduled to celebrate the Hillbilly Hit’s radio show’s 12th anniversary. The six hour traditional country music program is aired each weekend over KNEL FM 95.3 in Brady. Requests are played featuring the music of legendary artists such as George Jones, Kitty Wells, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills and Loretta Lynn. The Heart of Texas Country Music Association was created by fans of the Hillbilly Hits radio show. The organization now has 850 members and sponsors the Llano Country Opry, Mason Country Opry and runs the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum in Brady. “I am very excited about our activities this weekend, ” KNEL disc jockey Tracy Pitcox said. “We are proud of supporting and promoting traditional country music in Central Texas and the Northwest Hill Country. I am looking forward to the next 12 years.” FACT’TIP The plastic or metal tip of a shoelace is called an aglet.

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