Weatherford Democrat

June 13, 2013

Buddy Holly tribute to kick off four weeks of shows at Texas Opry Theater

Celebrating 50 years in country music, Gene Watson returning to Weatherford for July 6th show


Weatherford Democrat

— From Staff Reports

For Johnny Rogers, the music never died.

The Buddy and Beyond Show featuring Johnny Rogers, kicks off four weeks of shows slated or the Texas Opry Theater in downtown Weatherford. Saturday night’s show is a tribute to not only Buddy Holly, but to music of the 1950s and 1960s by such artists as Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Big Bopper, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, located at 315 York Ave. Tickets are $25 reserved, $20 general admission and $18 each for groups of 20 or more. You can purchase tickets online at www.texasoprytheater.com or by calling 817-341-1000.

From Chicago, New York, London, Las Vegas, and Branson to Weatherford, Johnny Rogers, a renowned Buddy Holly tribute artist, performs a show that has thrilled audiences across the globe. Having passion for music is one thing but having the God-given talent to perform the world’s finest tribute to music legends is another.

Johnny is blessed with both and lives to share this music with audiences worldwide.

Johnny’s high-energy show is perfect for all ages and kinds of occasions. His Buddy And Beyond Show features the music of the one and only Buddy Holly.

Rogers’ tribute to Buddy Holly has received the endorsements of Holly’s immediate family as well as former band members.

From “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Maybe Baby,” “Oh Boy” and many more,  Buddy Holly influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and others. He often performs with Tommy Allsup, Buddy’s backup band.

Known as “The Day the Music Died” in Don McLean’s popular song, “American Pie,” Holly was killed Feb. 2, 1959, in a plane crash that also killed Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson.

The following Saturday, June 22, at Texas Opry Theater is this month’s Parker County Live, a special show that with proceeds benefiting Parker County Meals on Wheels. Beginning at 3 p.m., the show will feature former bass player for the ZZ Top Band The Rev. Cadillac Johnson and the Revelators along with The Websters and the Parker County Live Band.

Then on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 3 p.m. is Box Car Willie Jr., son of Box Car Willie, “The World’s Favorite Hobo.” Box Car Willie Jr. will pay tribute to his famous father and Tommy Horton will pay tribute to Johnny Horton along with with Chisai Childs (founder of the Grapevine Opry with Johnny High and one of the original architects of Branson music scene). Mike Edmonson will emcee the show and the Opry’s own Amazing Made In Texas Showtime Band (formerly the Granbury Live Band).

On Saturday, July 6, Gene Watson returns to the Texas Opry Theater stage. The show featuring Watson and the Farewell Party Band will begin at 3 p.m.

Watson is celebrating his 50th year in country music and his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Watson has appeared at the Texas Opry Theater several times between 2002 and 2006 and has always sold out the theater. This time will be no different especially since his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This year marks the Golden Anniversary of Gene Watson, one of our greatest living country vocalists.

Performances such as “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” “Speak Softly,” “Paper Rosie” and “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” have forged Gene Watson’s reputation as a “Singer’s Singer.” He is the envy of his peers and the idol of such younger performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.

Opening Watson’s show will be The Amazing Made in Texas Showtime Band with Sean Mitchell, Mike Echols, Christian Hutton, Roger Ramsey, Josh Rodgers and more with a preview of their next big show on Aug. 17.

Tickets for all four shows can be purchased by going to www.texasoprytheater.com or calling 817-341-1000.