The Mason Country Opry will be staged on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Odeon Theater in Mason. Longtime Opry favorite Frank Torres will headline the first Mason Country Opry of the 2002. 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 1970s. Lonestar Alley was written about a popular night spot in Menard. In 1998, Torres went back into the recording studio to rerecord Lonestar Alley for the Heart of Texas Country album. After receiving airplay throughout the country, a full album was conceived. Texas Lonestar Alley was produced by Justin Trevino and contains twelve songs including six original compositions from Torres. Picture On The Wall, Little Red Wagon, Bar Where We Met and Baby Jane Doe are all titles of his original hits. 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 1990s: ‘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 adds 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,’ said Torres. ‘It took a long time to finish it and I hope that all of my friends will like it. I also hope that everyone will come to the Mason Country Opry and hear me sing songs from my album.’ ‘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.’ Other entertainers on the Mason Country Opry will include Tommy Kent, Sammy Geistweidt, Ben Watson, Benny Fred Kothmann, Melanie Reeves and Mary Mensch. KNEL disc jockey Tracy Pitcox will emcee the show. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. Advance tickets are available at Schooley Saddlery, Odeon Theater and Ramona’s Gallery. Tickets will be also be on sale at the door.