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A heaping helping of news this week:

 

ONE EPIC WEEKEND IN MARCH

Willie and Merle together! Not much more needs to be said, but we should add the show’s at Whitewater Amphitheatre March 27 and 28. “On the river under the stars” says it just right. This is a bucket list show for sure! Tickets on sale this Friday (11/21) at www.whitewaterrocks.com

 

NEXT BIG THING?

Congratulations to Lower 40!  They’ve been signed by Buddy Lee Attractions for national booking. BTW, we hear they’re close to a record deal, too. Fingers crossed. The pride of Moore, Oklahoma, the boys have terrific harmonies, which they demonstrate in this appearance in the Cluttered Corner performance space at Best In Texas.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFq6_nPe7JE

 

RED DIRT IN THE LAND OF THE GREEN

Want a real change of scene for the holidays?  How about Texas/Red Dirt music in Dublin, Ireland?! The third annual “Red Dirt Pub Crawl” takes place in Dublin at the Temple Bar, which looks like a very nice Irish pub.  Shows run from December 1 through December 8. Artists Josh Abbott, Roger Creager, William Clark Green, Bart Crow, Rich O’Toole, Bleu Edmondson, Randy Brown, Brandon Steadman, Scott Brown and Aaron Sandoval. Lift a Smiddick’s for us while you’re there!

 

 

HALL OF FAME ROADIE

Congratulations to Ben Dorcy III, inducted into the Bandera Country Hall of Fame last Sunday. “He’s not just the oldest roadie. He’s the best,” says Willie Nelson. And he was the first.  

 

The world’s oldest roadie and Willie Nelson

 

Ben went from being John Wayne’s gardener and chauffer to Nashville where he joined Hank Thompson, Ray Price and Willie on their road crews. (His business card says “Assistant to Willie Nelson.”)  He’s now welcome on every tour bus in Texas. We met him with Kevin Fowler years ago when Kevin stopped for guitar strings. 

 

Congratulations for 64 years on the road and counting. (Ben will be 90 next May!)

 

Viva Texas Music!

 

WON’T YOU BE OUR FRIEND?

 

           
  Photo courtesy of Sargento Foods Inc.

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