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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


Having battled years of serious addiction, destructive living and near-fatal diseases, Johnson has emerged healed, delivered and redeemed by the power of God. Ordained in 2002, Johnson has now begun a ministry focusing on youth and those who need encouragement while battling and overcoming areas he himself has dealt with. Music and ministry remain the focus for Johnson these days. He is often overheard telling folks that the best is yet to come.

General admission tickets are $10 for ages 60 and over and $15 for all others, available at the door or online at Proceeds from this show will benefit Parker County Meals On Wheels program and is sponsored by the Weatherford Democrat, Gregg Davis/Edward Jones Investments, Jennifer Mason, CPA, Realty World, Caring Hearts Homecare, Hometown Pharmacy, Sweatt Engineering, iSupport Revenue, Beyond Faith Health and Homecare and QXFM Radio.

On June 29th at 3 p.m. the Texas Opry Theater welcomes the son of the late Box Car Willie and Chisai Childs from Branson, Mo. Marty Martin Jr., or better known as Box Car Willie Jr. and affectionately as “Baby Box,” will perform along with Brownwood native Tommy Horton. The Amazing Made In Texas Showtime Band (formerly known as the Granbury Live Band) will back all of the show’s headliners.

Legendary country music artist Box Car Willie was known as the “World’s Favorite Hobo” (1931-1999) and was the 60th member of the Grand Old Opry. His original style of hobo music will always be an important part of American history. His tales of travel and freedom of the rails tell of a time gone by. His son is dedicated to the memory of this great American icon.

Tommy Horton is a “Texas gentleman” who demonstrates the talent of traditional country, gospel and rockabilly music. Horton’s vocal, guitar picking and true southern charm has endeared him with everyone he meets. Tommy performs a tribute to the legendary Johnny Horton as a special segment of his show. Songs like “Honky Tonk Man” and “The Battle of New Orleans” always brings back memories of another legendary country music star who passed much too early. Tommy’s relationship to Johnny is a story in itself. Tommy’s resemblance in looks and sound tell that story without a doubt.

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