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June 19, 2013

The Buddy System

Buddy Holly tribute artist Johnny Rogers takes packed Texas Opry Theater house on journey back in time

There were few empty seats Saturday night at the Texas Opry Theater when national tribute artist Johnny Rogers took the stage with his “Buddy and Beyond” show that brought back memories of Buddy Holly and the Crickets and many other rock and roll legends of the ‘50s and ‘60s such as Elvis Presley, Carl Smith, Big Bopper, Richie Valens, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others.

Most of the 475 seats in the Texas Opry Theater were filled with enthusiastic fans of the music genre of a past generation. Marilyn Carter, co-owner of Texas Opry Theater, said, “that demographics of the patrons attending the nights event were 48 percent from Weatherford and 52 percent from 28 other North Texas cities in a 160-mile radius of Weatherford and as far away as Conroe and Washington state. The majority of the attendees dined before or after the show in local restaurants and many stayed overnight in local hotels and shopped in the shops and boutiques of our city.”

Future events coming up at the Texas Opry Theater include this month’s Parker County Live show on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. This month’s show features the blues and jazz gospel music stylings of the Reverend Cadillac Johnson and his band, The Revelators, which hail from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Cadillac is a former bassist for the ZZ Top band and a regular on stage at the Bluebird Blues Club and like kind venues.

Besides ZZ Top, Johnson played with Ray Sharpe, who is the penman of Linda Lou, and became part of Johnnie Red and the Roosters, who released “In The Red Zone” in 1996. He has been a staple in the Fort Worth blues scene as a journeyman bass player for many years, playing with Holland K. Smith, Dave Millsap, Buddy Whittington, Johnny Reno and the list goes on. Along with his gospel/blues project with The Revelators, he also plays bass for Guthrie Kennard, Blind Dog Cooley and co-hosts a weekly jam with Dallas blues great Hash Brown.

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