‘Mr. Cotton Eyed Joe’ performs August 7 at Mason Country Opry

“Mr. Cotton Eyed Joe” Al Dean will headline the Mason Country Opry on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The show begins at 7 p.m at the Odeon Theater in Mason. Tickers are $7 each and are available at Schooley Saddlery or at the door. Call (915) 347-5407 for ticket reservations. Al Dean, known as “Mr. Cotton Eyed Joe,” gained a large following throughout South Texas while touring with his band, The Allstars. Al Dean and the Allstars have appeared throughout the southwest bringing their brand of Texas music to audiences large and small. Dean began recording professionally in the 1960s. He recorded the first major instrumental version of the “Cotton Eyed Joe.” The song would become an instant favorite in virtually every dance hall in the state of Texas. After selling over a million copies, the state of Texas presented Dean with a proclamation naming it one of the most played songs in the state. Dean has just completed recording a new project in Nashville with the legendary record producer Tommy Hill. The album, titled “County is Al Dean,” includes some harmony work from Leona Williams and guitar playing from Dave Kirby. It is a mixture of old favorites like “Honky Tonk Blues” and “Mansion On the Hill” along with new songs “Lodi” and “Flowers.” Dean was recently inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame in a ceremony in San Antonio. He continues to tour throughout South Texas performing at dances and many private functions. “Carol and I are excited about coming to the Mason Country Opry show,” Dean said. “We love the Central Texas area and appreciate what the folks are doing to keep traditional country music thriving in that area. It will be great working at the Odeon Theater in Mason.” Other entertainers on the show include Dianna Seymore, Buddy Reeder, Justin Trevino, Frank Torres, Kelsey Behrens, Sammy Geistweidt, Benny Fred Kothmann, Melanie Reeves and Dora Lee Sewell. “For the next three months, we are moving our Mason Country Opry to Tuesday nights,” Opry emcee Tracy Pitcox said. “We wanted to give our patrons the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Thursday night football season. We decided to move to Tuesday for just the next three monts to try it out.”

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