‘Texas Lonestar Alley’ album release slated for Saturday

An album release party for local entertainer Frank Torres will be held at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3-4 p.m. The museum is located at 1701 S. Bridge Street in Brady. Torres will be autographing copies of his new compact disc/cassette “Texas Lonestar Alley.” Torres began singing with his family at a very early age. He entertained through his school years and beyond at private functions and dances throughout the Central Texas area. Torres formed “The Lone Star Band” and wrote and recorded “Lonestar Alley” in the late 1970’s. “Lonestar Alley” was written about a popular spot in Menard. The record was released and became a regional hit in the Central Texas area. In 1998, Torres went back into the recording studio to re-record “Lonestar Alley” for the “Heart of Texas Country” album. After receiving airplay throughout the country, a full album was conceived. “Texas Lonestar Alley,” produced by Justin Trevino, contains 12 songs, including six original compositions from Torres including “Picture On the Wall,” “Little Red Wagon,” “Bar Where We Met,” and “Baby Jane Doe.” The later song was written about a baby that was found near a ranch near Brady and how the community rallied around her during the early 1990’s: “They found her in the tall weeds behind a lonesome Texas road, Her mama took her life away, I guess she couldn’t take the load. Nobody knew the baby’s name, so the story goes, And the name that they bestowed on her was Baby Jane Doe. They took her lifeless body to the local funeral home, And though nobody claimed her, she was never there alone. All the town folk came to see her, for they all wanted to know the mystery behind the death of Baby Jane Doe.” Torres also recorded six country classics including a duet with Justin Trevino on “Blue House Painted White,” and with Big Bill Lister on “Jambalaya.” Torres then added “Pride,” “Before The Next Teardrop Falls,” and “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me” to round out the selections. “I am so proud of my first CD,” Frank said. “It took a long time to finish it and I hope that all of my friends will like it.” The CD sells for $15 and the tape sells for $10. They can be bought at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum, KNEL, McShans, Dairy Queen or by ordering through Frank Torres CD, 1701 South Bridge, Brady, Tex. 76825. “The album was recorded in San Marcos,” KNEL disc jockey Tracy Pitcox said. “It is a great project. Local photographer Dean Gibson took the cover photo in the alley behind the Brady Standard-Herald and country music entertainers Leona Williams and Frankie Miller wrote some of the liner notes.”

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