Chisai Childs is another native Texan who began her journey producing country music shows with the late Johnny High in the early 1970s as founders of the Grapevine Opry.
Chisai later relocated to Branson, Mo., taking with her artists such as Box Car Willie, Shoji Tabuchi, The Masters Four Quartet (later known as The Texans Quartet) and others. Over time all became huge draws to the Branson music scene. Child’s will thrill the Weatherford audience with her renowned “Ahab the Arab” skit to the music of Ray Stevens’ 1962 song of the same name.
In response to many requests for his return to the Texas Opry Theater, Gene Watson is scheduled to perform July 6th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Watson has been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and this year marks the golden anniversary of one of our greatest living country vocalists. In 1962, Gene Watson began his professional career by recording his first single, “Love In The Hot Afternoon.”
“It’s unbelievable to me that it’s been 50 years,” Watson said. “For most of those years, it seemed like it took everything I could do to keep working as steady as I needed to. Now that I’m older, it seems like everything comes to me without trying. I’m working more shows than I was 15 years ago.
“It’s quite a compliment. I think a lot of it is because there’s not too much of what I do around anymore. I think there is still such a hunger out there for traditional country music. So I’d like to stay out there as long as I’m able to do the job and do it well.
“Every time I step out on that stage and see that audience, it’s a new beginning. Even though I’ve sung these songs millions of times, I look at each one like it’s brand new to me. Every show, I try to deliver that song the best that I can.