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June 21, 2013

Texas Opry Theater revving it up Saturday

Rev. Cadillac Johnson and The Revelators headline special Parker County Live Show benefiting Parker County Meals on Wheels

Playing for a meal takes on a different meaning Saturday afternoon at the Texas Opry Theater.

Proceeds from Saturday’s Parker County Live Show will benefit the Parker County Meals on Wheels program. The Weatherford Democrat is a co-sponsor for this special show.

Parker County Live Show takes place 3-5 p.m. at the theater located at 315 N. York Ave. in downtown Weatherford. Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors 60 and older in advance or at the door.

You can purchase tickets online at www.parkercountylive.org. You can also make an additional donation to Meals on Wheels by going to www.texasoprytheater.com.

Headlining this special concert is Reverend Cadillac Johnson and the Revelators. Johnson is a former bassist for ZZ Top band and sings and teaches about God’s Love. Born in Houston in 1951, Michael Cadillac Johnson began playing guitar at the age of 10. By age 14 he had switched to the bass guitar and began playing professionally.

Johnson started out at an early age playing in the rich blues and soul environment of Houston and the Gulf Coast area. During these early years he also played with the great Lightnin’ Hopkins. Friend and ZZ Top band member Billy Gibbons called upon Cadillac in 1969 to play bass guitar on an interim basis with the band until Dusty Hill could move from Dallas to join the group.

Gibbons is responsible for Cadillac’s nickname. While performing with ZZ Top, Gibbons would introduce Johnson as the “Cadillac of bass players.”

Johnson has played with Johnny Winter and Uncle John Turner and recorded the only solo album Uncle John ever made with Johnny Winter. Cadillac and Uncle John left Charlie Helpenstiel’s band Ezra Charles to form The Step Children with Alan Haynes, and record Alan’s first release Seventh Son, which also featured Johnny Winter.

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