Weatherford Democrat

November 14, 2013

Earnest Tubb tribute show Saturday at Texas Opry


Weatherford Democrat

— Last Saturday at Texas Opry Theater it was a tribute to Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. This Saturday it is The Official Ernest Tubb Tribute Show that will take the stage, starring Glenn Douglas Tubb and Dottie Snow Tubb.

The show is a two-hour musical journey through the life and music of one of the greatest country music stars of all times, Ernest Tubb. Showtime is 3 p.m. Saturday and will feature Texas Opry Theater’s house band, The Amazing Made in Texas Showtime Band, performing as The Texas Troubadours. To purchase tickets online, go to texasoprytheater.com. Tickets are also available at the theater, located at 315 York Ave. in downtown Weatherford.

Grand Old Opry legend Ernest Tubb founded the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree at The Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville, Tenn. It was broadcast live on WSM Radio. The Midnight Jamboree is the second longest running radio show in America. Single-handedly, Tubb was responsible for the success of more artists and legendary careers than any other artist of the last several decades.

Glenn Douglas Tubb has inherited a great deal of his Uncle Ernest’s talent and love of country music. Glenn Tubb had his first song recorded in 1952 by his famous uncle. Since that time, he has had more than 200 songs recorded by artists in all fields of music such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Anne Murray, Charlie Pride, Joe Tex, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tennessee Ernie, Nora Jones and others. One of his songs, “Skip A Rope,” earned a Grammy nomination. He also penned one of Johnny Cash’s early hits, “Home Of The Blues,” which was featured in the film “The Man In Black.” He also wrote “Two Story House” for George Jones and Tammy Wynette. In the 1950s, he was a recording artist for Dot and Decca records and later for the MGM and Mercury labels.

Glenn Tubb was also one of the founding members of the Nashville Songwriters Association. He is still writing songs and is currently writing musical plays, novels and his auto-biography. He is also acting in movies now. He performed a supporting role in an action comedy film titled “Sparkle And Tooter.” He had a featured role in two episodes of “The Jamm Family” films for Lifeway Christian. He performed the lead role in a play, “Redneck Christmas” at the Pearl Theater in Pearisburg, Va. He has also appeared at the prestigious Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Hard Rock Café and the famous Bluebird Café.

Glenn is recording again and has a gospel CD titled “New Country Psalms,” a country CD titled “Aged to Perfection” and one, titled “Half And Half,” which includes a song he co-wrote with the late Hank Williams. He and his wife, Dottie, have a new gospel CD titled “The Kitchen Tabernacle.”

Dottie Tubb grew up back stage of theaters and auditoriums all across the nation, sleeping in her father’s guitar case while he was on stage performing with her mother. Her parents were brought to the Grand Ole Opry by Ernest Tubb. They performed with him on the Grand Ole Opry and made many personal appearances with him as well as performing in a movie with him. They also performed with other country music greats such as Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.

Dottie Tubb said she has fond memories of riding across country in a Cadillac while touring with her parents and Hank Williams. She has only returned to the city of her birth, Topeka, Kan., one time and that was with her parents and Roy Acuff. The people of Topeka were blessed to hear a young Dottie Swan sing and yodel, “I’d Rather Be A Cowgirl.”

Since then she has provided background vocals for many famous recording artists and performed on radio and television programs as a solo artist as well as playing the organ and directing a choir for years on the famous Grand Old Gospel Time, which followed the world famous Grand Ole Opry on radio station WSM for many years. She has spent 40 years of her life in the ministry of serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.