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Artists line up for Opry Spectacular
This singer from Lockhart started playing at the age of 14. He picked cotton to get enough money to buy his first guitar. He also bought a chord book, but that didn’t teach him too much, so he decided to go where other musicians played and soon caught on.
Del was the producer and master of ceremonies of the Lockhart Opry for 15 years until its close in Aug. 2011. He and his wife, Jackie, are members of the Western Music Association and attend its annual festival every November, where he also performs. His favorite is traditional country songs, but he also enjoys singing western songs, as well as gospel.
Bill “Bebop” Barrington
Bill is a singer from New Braunfels, and was born in Goodrich. As a young man, he worked for and bought his first guitar from a pawnshop in Houston. His mother agreed to teach him how to play, provided he’d play and sing some Jimmie Rodgers songs. One of the greatest things to happen to him was retiring and moving to the Hill Country. He has found many good musicians and friends to play country music with. You will find him every Friday night at the Kingsbury Opry. He has appeared at various oprys and private parties in surrounding towns. He and his wife, Shannon, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary soon.
Leon Payne Jr.
A singer from Canyon Lake, formerly of Floresville, Payne is the son of one of the most prolific and gifted singers and songwriters in country and western history, Leon Payne. Leon Payne wrote such greats as “I Love You Because,” and “Lost Highway.” Leon Payne Jr. was introduced to country music at an early age and will be singing his dad’s songs as a tribute at the Floresville Opry.
This singer from Geronimo is no stranger to the Texas opry scene. She started more than 18 years ago with the opening show in Giddings. She has since added Yoakum, Edna, Victoria, Cuero, Corpus Christi, and Lockhart, just to name a few.
Sally has been blessed to be a member of several bands over the past 30-plus years. She currently has her own band, called “Best Friends.”
She was raised on a farm south of Seguin and now lives on 10 acres with her two children, Kyle and Jennifer, in the Geronimo area. Sally enjoys shooting hoops with her kids, campfires at the creek, working in the garden, driving the tractor, and just about anything else that has to do with being outside.
Wade Benson Landry
A native “Cajun” from Abbeville, La., Wade Benson Landry had a desire to entertain from a very early age. At the young age of 10, Wade began performing in front of live audiences in his father’s band on drums and guitar, as well as showing off his vocal talents. Wade found his musical calling at the age
of 13, when he turned to the fiddle, playing traditional country, Cajun, big band, and Western swing music.
The heart of country music, Nashville, Tenn., called, and doors opened for Wade. While in Nashville, he was a featured performer with some of country music’s giants, such as Jimmy C. Newman, “The Oak Ridge Boys,” George Jones, and Tammy Wynette.
Wade makes his home in Branson, Mo., He is the headliner for the only Cajun swing show in Branson.
Teresa Bowe Landry
Teresa started singing at the age of 5. She would join her father, George “Cuzn Pud” Bowe on stage as a Puddin, along with her brother, Tom, and sister, Collette.
As a solo artist, Teresa has shared the stage with numerous stars, opening for the likes of Connie Smith, “The Whites,” “The Gatlin Brothers,” and Toby Keith, to name a few.
Teresa is now in Branson, Mo., performing with her husband, Wade Benson Landry, in their morning show, “Swingin’ Cajun Style” at the God and Country Theatre.
The line-up will also include house band, “Playin’ to Win” and other hometown favorites.
Enjoy these artists and so much more at the Floresville Opry Spectacular July 4!
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