Weatherford Democrat

December 19, 2013

A Lone Star Christmas Friday night at Texas Opry House


Weatherford Democrat

— Carey Dyer, Lani Bartley Stacy, Abbey Cone, Alecia Echols and Mike Echols with The Amazing Made In Texas Show Time Band are reuniting for an evening of high-energy entertainment.

“A Lone Star Christmas” show is Friday at Texas Opry Theater in downtown Weatherford. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at texasoprytheater.com or at the box office at 315 York Ave, or by calling 817-341-1000.



Dyer was an original member of The Granbury Live Cast before transferring to Fredericksburg to the Rockbox Theater. He is now back home in Granbury as music minister at Lakeside Baptist Church and will be a regular on many of the productions at The Texas Opry Theater.



Dyer is Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Sonny, Smokey and Hank rolled into one. But underneath the wigs, makeup, and polyester he is considered a multitalented showman, singer and actor who will electrify the Texas Opry Theater stage not only Friday evening but again on Jan. 11.



"I have always been a borderline hyperactive guy," Dyer admitted. "Just ask my wife, bless her heart; she has to live with me."



Along with Dyer, the entire show promises to be high energy.



"If you enjoy it and put yourself into it, people are going to respond and have a good time," Dyer said. "I have a real passion for writing and arranging music. “That's what I do when I get up early in morning. I love to create music. I just love the rich harmonic texture of human voice. I am always curious how a house performer can sing the same songs night after night, year after year. Where do they get the juice to give 100 percent every night?”



Dyer said to some it can seem each show is the same, but they aren't.



"Each show is like a different animal, and the performers are just one part of it," Dyer explained. "The audience is the other part. We never know what they will respond to, what their reaction will be. That keeps you on your toes. Even when I am singing 'Only You' for the hundredth time, when you see an older man reach over and hold his wife's hand, or when you see a child light up, that brings a good feeling. You know you touched their heart in some way. That's more than enough payment for me."



There is no doubt Dyer wears his many roles well.



"I enjoy being all over the place. That is what I love about what I do," he said. "It is always changing, we are always working on new characters and new material."



But when the lights go out after each show, he said he is most comfortable just being Carey Dyer.



"I feel so blessed," he said. "The Lord has presented this opportunity to me. When I began performing 10 years ago, I said, oh, so this is what I am supposed to be doing. It is a perfect fit - when I'm out in front of that crowd, I feel like I am doing what I was born to do."



Lani Bartley Stacy is also a past member of the Granbury Live Nostalgic Concert Cast. Stacy grew up on stage at the Grapevine Opry and will soon be taking over the management from Rocky Gribble, who will be retiring after 25 years at the helm.



Stacy made an appearance on stage at the Texas Opry in the 1990's when she was a contestant in a Texaco Country Music Showdown contest. Stacy won that contest and has never looked back. She is a Dallas native who was raised in Grapevine along with three brothers and three sisters. She has performed at Six Flags Over Texas, singing and dancing at the Southern Palace.



Abbey Cone is the 15-year-old phenom who appeared at the theater last week. Also featured once again is "smokin' hot" fiddle player Mike Echols of the The Amazing Made In Texas Show Time Band, who will be performing along with his wife, Alecia Echols.