Nichols to headline Mason Country Opry Christmas show

Country Music Entertainer Joe Paul Nichols will headline the Mason Country Opry Christmas Show on Thursday, Dec. 6 The two-and-a-half hour country music show will be held at the Odeon Theater in downtown Mason. Admission is $7 per person and tickets are now on sale at Schooley Saddlery in Mason and KNEL Radio in Brady, or can be bought at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling (915) 347-5407. The first half of the show will feature all of the entertainers performing traditional country music favorites. After intermission, the second half will give each entertainer the opportunity to perform some of their favorite Christmas songs. Texas-born Joe Paul Nichols started listening to the Grand Ole Opry, Louisiana Hayride and the Big D Jamboree as a child. His greatest ambition was to sing and record country music. In the early 1960’s, Nichols joined the prestigious Big D Jamboree in Dallas and began ins career professionally. Songwriter Lawton Williams took Nichols under his wing and began producing single records beginning with “Shy Young Sue.” Nichols has released over 25 singles and has recorded 16 albums. He has received recognition with many of his songs including “storms Never Last,” “These Old Eyes,” “These Little Things,” “Hello Trouble,” and “Texas Memory.” In 1970, Nichols formed the award winning “Five Pennies” band and began traveling throughout the Southwest. Joe Paul Nichols and The Five Pennies are celebrating their 30th anniversary in country music. His latest album “The Way It Was” has received national distribution and the song “Each Season Changes You” (a duet with Leona Williams) has received extensive play throughout the southwest. His song “Jesus Is The Same in California” was also voted Christian Country Song of the Year in 2000. Nichols also recently released a new Christmas album that includes a mix of Christmas classics and some new Christmas songs. Nichols will perform songs from the album including “Pretty Paper,” “The Christmas Guest,” “Ole Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “silent Night.” “I am looking forward to the Mason Country Opry,” Joe Paul said from his Jacksboro home. “Mason is such a great community and we always see so many of our central Texas friends when we work with the Mason Opry.” Mason Country Opry favorite Frank Torres will also be on the card. Torres has just released his first album “Texas Lonestar alley.” Torres will perform a couple of songs from that album and will be autographing the albums during intermission. Other entertainers on the show include Dianna Seymore, Ben Watson, Sammy Geistweidt, Melanie Reeves, Kelsey Behrens, Benny Fred Kothmann and Dora Lee Sewell. Tracy Pitcox will emcee the show.

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